On the Verge

A one-day conference on Learning Disability and the Main Stage...

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How do we open up our main stages to Learning Disabled performers?

How do we build structures of support that encourage Learning Disabled Artists to flourish?

How do we ensure Learning Disability is central to the diversity debate?

Are we 'on the verge' of a breakthrough?

Confirmed speakers include Lyn Gardner (The Guardian), Erica Whyman (Director, RSC), Charlotte Bevan (Director of Creative Diversity, National Theatre), Henry Normal (Writer and Comedian), Sarah Gordy (Performer), Richard Hayhow and BecauseWeCanCanCan and Ben Pettit-Wade (Hijinx Theatre). 

Who is it for? 

  • Artists with experience of living with Learning Disability
  • Professionals working in those contexts
  • Programmers interested in their diversity reach#
  • Arts workers working in other Special Needs settings
  • Casting Directors
  • Bridge Organisations
  • Heads of Departments and managers from all areas of expertise, e.g. front of house, marketing, administration
  • Arts Policy makers and influencers.  

£75 for first delegate.
£50 for subsequent delegates from the same organisation.
£50 concessions.

(Includes a ticket for the Relaxed Performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Mon 3 July).

Book now by calling Ticket Sales on 0844 338 5000

Young Disabled Artists Opportunity

The WHY? Festival...

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Please find below a link to the fabulous video explaining all about Permission To Perfrom and 'All The Things We Could Have Been' as a development opportunity and part of The Why? Festival:

https://youtu.be/t43zugoozIM

a-n Coaching Programme

12 funded places on a-n coaching accreditation course!

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Applications now open...

a-n are offering 12 fully funded places on the a-n Coaching Programme with RD1st in Lancaster this summer. Plus an a-n travel, accommodation and child care bursary (of up to £400). This is part of a-n's commitment to supporting artists' livelihoods.

Four artists tested the water in 2016 their experiences gave a strong indication of the positive impact coaching can have on artists practice and the benefit within their extended networks. Find out more about their experiences in this article by Pippa Kozerek.

The a-n Coaching Programme with RD1st will be is a highly interactive, practice-based programme covering an eclectic mix of skills, theory and investigation relating to coaching, relational dynamics and leadership. The course is equally suitable for those wishing to explore one-to-one coaching, action learning sets, to enhance leadership, mentoring and facilitation skills and/or utilise coaching skills in the workplace or in day-to-day interactions.

Relational Dynamics 1st is an exceptional organisation that specialises in training people from all professions and backgrounds to be coaches. Coaching is a supportive, challenging and dedicated framework to enable 'extraordinary thinking' with those that are being coached – as individuals or in groups.

"It's very intense indeed, and turns thinking totally inside out, but in a very positive way” - Steve Dutton, 2016 attendee.

For more information and to apply see: a-n Coaching Programme with RD1st.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Tuesday 28th February, 2017.

Breaking out of the Box 3

Taking Flight Theatre Company, in collaboration with Creu Cymru, present Breaking out of the Box 3...

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Hosted by Sherman Theatre

13th February 2017, 10:00am until 5:00pm.

Do you provide Audio Description at your venue but audience take up is low?
Are you interested in exploring creative ways to audio describe your work?
Are you unsure what other tools are available to effectively engage with blind and visually impaired audiences?

Join us for a day of exploration, discussion and debate and discover new ways to make your venue, company or production more accessible and inclusive.

Cost of event:
Organisations £30 and Individuals £10.
PAs for disabled participants, FREE.

Tea and coffee will be provided.
Speech to text will also be provided at this event.

For further information and booking details, please visit:

http://www.takingflighttheatre.co.uk/breaking-out-of-the-box-3/

Four Corners'

Four Corners' - new training schemes, which are free/highly subsidised by Creative Skill set...

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DIT Skills Workshop: 
£160 + VAT
These workshops provide two-day, intensive hands-on training courses for Camera assistants and other camera department professionals seeking to upskill in DIT.  This course is funded by Creative Skill set. For more information, please visit: http://www.fourcornersfilm.co.uk/DIT-skills-workshops 

 

Digital Film Skills:

FREE

Digital Film Skills offers free, specialist training in digital technologies in camera and post-production, with follow-on support. It is funded by Creative Skillset.  The scheme runs January-February 2017. For more information, please visit: http://www.fourcornersfilm.co.uk/digital-film-skills 

 

ZOOM: 
FREE
ZOOM: Futures In Creative Media is a practical, industry-level training scheme in digital video production.  The next course begins January 2017 offering 6 weeks of film training. For more information, please visit: http://www.fourcornersfilm.co.uk/ZOOM-futures-in-creative-media 

Boxing Shadows

Please Join us, for Boxing Shadows!

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Celf O Gwmpas, Llandrindod Wells is hosting a week of events and activities in celebration of arts and mental health as part of WALLS:MURIAU, the Welsh Mental Health Arts Festival 2016.

http://mhaf.wales/en/

Artist in residence Stephen Park and Powys artist Blue MacAskill are engaging and working with artists who have knowledge and experience of mental ill health from across the county. Working together, they are developing knowledge, practice, experience and creative aspirations and promoting wider understanding of arts and mental health.

Please join us from 10th-15th November at Celf o Gwmpas. We have a varied and exciting programme planned.

For further information on individual events, please see the Boxing Shadows newsletter.

Invitation to Be Ready

Unlimited commissioning for the visual arts sector on Monday 10th October.

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ARTISTS:

Are you thinking of applying for an Unlimited commission?

CURATORS:

Do you know about Unlimited commissions?

GALLERIES:

Do you want to engage with disability led commissioning?

Join us and invited guests for this unique event where we will open up a dialogue about these commissioning opportunities and how we in the visual arts sector can access them.

Tickets: £6 (£4.50 Art House Members). Refreshments and lunch included.

Book tickets and find out more at: www.the-arthouse.org.uk.

A number of free places are available, please contact Helen Deevy at:

info@the-arthouse.org.uk or call 01924 312 000

Monday 10th October, 11am until 2pm.

The Art House, Wakefield.

Beyond The Frame Symposium

Tickets are now on sale, with limited bursaries available!

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Tickets are now on sale, via the WMC website. A limited number of travel and ticket bursaries are available for Wales based artists, please see the Project page for the application form.

Contact DASH on info@dasharts.org or call 01743 272939 for further information. An event leaflet and symposium schedule can be downloaded from the website by clicking here

Grants for the Arts workshops

We are running two FREE Grants for the Arts workshops for Cultivate mentees.

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Grants for the Arts workshops, available for Cultivate mentees, other Disabled Visual Artists and people who work with/support Disabled Visual Artists.

Session 1:

Monday 31st October, between 11am and 1pm at the Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury, SY1 1TE.

Session 2:

Monday 28th November, between 11am and 1pm at the Foundry ACEM, 82, Granville Street, Birmingham, B1 2LH.


These sessions will be a great opportunity to understand:

  • What the gfta programme is
  • The application process
  • The criteria
  • The access fund

The experienced presenters (who are Arts Council Midlands staff) are:

  • Kate Pryor-Williams
  • Peta Murphy-Burke
  • Sarah Reed

The workshop will consist of a presentation with questions, followed by breakout groups where the process and any questions can be discussed in more detail. This is also an opportunity for peer support.

Please note: There will not be time at the workshops to discuss individual applications. DASH is offering limited (up to 2hours per applicant) telephone support to discuss individual GFTA applications by priorarrangement.

If you have specific questions that you would like the presenters to answer please send these in with your booking.

Booking your place:

Please email mike@dasharts.org with your:

Name, Which Session Birmingham or Shrewsbury, Any access requirements including parking, Any questions.

There is limited blue badge parking at the Foundry. We are not able to reserve blue badge parking outside the Hive.

Cherophobia

A Live Performance at Shoreditch Church - a 48 hour durational living installation...

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Cherophobia is a 48-hour durational living installation. It is an attempt to lift the artist's bound and immobilised body off the ground using 20,000 helium party balloons. It is a performance and a gathering, a one-off event that intertwines people in their shared suspense and anticipation.

Cherophobia is a work of contrasts and opposites, of the push and pull between fear and desire, freedom and constraint and about our responsibility to make choices. The cheerful, happy image of a giant cloud of balloons stands in stark contrast to the artist's bound, restricted and immobilised body, while the helium-filled balloons pulling upwards are in turn constrained by the church building. 

For more information visit the Cherophobia website

http://www.noemilakmaier.co.uk/Cherophobia.htm

You can also watch Cherophobia streamed live on your device at:
http://livestream.creationvideo.co.uk/cherophobia/

... or at one of our partner venues:

The Southbank Centre, London                                      
G39, Cardiff                                                                     
Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn                                            
FACT, Liverpool                                                              
Echo Park Film Centre, Los Angeles    

Cherophobia is comissioned by Unlimited, a festival celebrating extraordinary new works by disabled and Deaf artists. A press release is attached for your information.

Please feel free to share this event with your contacts.