Inner Vision Orchestra workshop

You've heard about the Inner Vision Orchestra. Now here is your chance to get involved!

Come along to our Workshop - for anyone with an interest in music.

Led by Lloyd Coleman and Baluji Shrivastav. This is an opportunity to spend the afternoon playing or singing with both an instrumental and vocal element to the workshop, learning to work with Indian vocal patterns.

Feel free to bring along an instrument, although not necessary!

This workshop is for both beginners and experienced musicians. Tickets are only £2.50 and the workshop will be taking place on July 24th between 2pm and 3:30pm

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Castle Grounds, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3EF.

To reserve a place email or phone 02920 551 040

Settling into DASH life

It's been a few weeks now since I've joined DASH - as part of my role at the Hive in Shrewsbury; I'm working with DASH to assist them with marketing and administration tasks each week.


It's been a few weeks now since I've joined DASH - as part of my role at the Hive in Shrewsbury, which is where DASH has been based since last year.

My primary role on a daily basis is Marketing and Administration Co-ordinator for the Hive and building on this, I'm working with DASH to assist them with marketing and administration tasks each week.

So far, this has predominantly involved working on the new website to add content in preparation for the launch; along with other things such as press releases, social networking and general admin.

It's lovely to bring my experience to DASH and to have more of an involvement with their organisation, following-on from their move to the Hive in 2012.

It's also providing me with a highly informative and interesting overview of another arts charity, which is extremely beneficial!

I'm certainly looking forward to continual involvement with DASH over the future months and especially, seeing the new website develop in time.

Habib Malik-Mansell.

Bastion presents an opportunity for actors

Offering the chance to work as part of a team, exploring ideas and devising material - both disabled and non-disabled actors are encouraged to apply for the following, which could lead to a part in the film installation piece 'Bastion'.


Bastion will be a powerful and thought provoking installation exploring and exploding myths about the harmless fool.

Offering the chance to work as part of a team, exploring ideas and devising material - both disabled and non-disabled actors are encouraged to apply for the following, which could lead to a part in the film installation piece 'Bastion'.

Actors who are comfortable improvising with their voice and who have a strong physical presence are sought to participate. Disabled actors and actors with a learning disability are particularly welcome.
The six actors selected will be able to take part in a two-day devising lab on August 8th and 9th at Newhampton Arts Centre in Wolverhampton, for which a fee of £200 will be available.
Two actors selected from the lab will then work for a further three days to rehearse and act in the film piece on location in the West Midlands. This will take place on August 13th, 14th and15th with a fee of £300.
Some expenses and support with travel and accommodation may be available. The film is based in a barbershop. Actors may be asked to appear in the film with a skinhead style haircut.
There are two acting roles:

  • Bastion - (disabled or non-disabled male) aged 24 plus, playing the part of a barber.
  • The Customer - (disabled male).

Bastion is funded by Arts Council England. It will be directed by Ray Jacobs, assisted by Richard Hayhow and the piece will be shown in theatres and galleries across the West Midlands.

To apply, please send a current photo with an introductory letter and if possible a CV, before August 1st.
Applications should be sent to:

Ray Jacobs,
Associate Artist at DASH
The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE

Alternatively, please email:
For further enquires please contact Ray Jacobs on 07817194644 or at the email address above.

If you have particular access requirements, please contact Ray first. In most cases special arrangements will not be necessary or can be easily provided.

Kingshurst Arts Space and Northern Star present a SPRING ART EXHIBITION

Wednesday 10th April - Friday 26th April 2013 Open Tuesday and Wednesdays 10.30am-3.00pm, Friday 11.00am - 1.00pm


On display will be Artworks from Stitch and Knit, the Open Art Group, Paper Crafts, the After School Art Club and the Older Adult Art Club, all of which take place at Kingshurst Arts Space

The Hive Community Street Festival - call for volunteers

This year's event is taking place on Monday 6th May 2013, between 2pm and 6pm.


As always, I'm on the lookout for all the help and assistance I can get with this year's event; including people to help 'steward' the ends of the street throughout the event. Some of you have helped us with this before and it has been gratefully appreciated!

Stewards are required to do a 45 minute to 1 hour slot in pairs, at either the Belmont Bank or Town Walls junctions of Belmont. Essentially, you just have to welcome the public and direct occasional vehicles as necessary.

I would be grateful to anyone who can help us this year, to provide this superb day for the community!

This year we already have Taiko drumming, samba drumming, a bag-piper, DJ, craft workshops, face-painting, outdoor games, stalls and lots more... With the Maypole and a few other surprises along the way!

Many thanks for your consideration and time in advance as always.

Habib Malik-Mansell

Contact Habib on or call 01743 234970

Oska Bright Film Festival

Oska Bright want your films!


If you are a Learning Disabled Film Maker send your film to Oska Bright.  For more details:

Send a postcard to the world: a creative and innovative disability campaign

United Response has launched the biggest creative campaign in its history. Postcards from the Edges aims to capture the imagination of those affected by disability and mental health issues, by providing an open, creative environment for expression.


The website ( was launched at the beginning of February. Since then people have submitted postcards with artwork, poetry, stories and collages to express what is important to them their lives, hopes, fears and achievements.

For many, it is hard to understand much about the day to day lives of people with disabilities or mental health needs. This project hopes to change that, showcasing the creativity of people across the country and even the world.

The Postcards from the Edges website is where all submitted postcards can be viewed and shared. It is a hub of inspiration with a huge variety of postcards demonstrating a vast spectrum of creativity; from political statements to doodles. The website includes themes to help get people started as well as a library of existing postcards to help as inspiration.

Later this year, exhibitions in London, Bristol and Newcastle will showcase a selection of the postcards.


United Response is a top 100 national disability, supporting people to fulfil their dreams and to live as independently as possible. This year marks forty years of providing learning disabilities support and championing the rights of people with disabilities.


You can find out more about the project here:


You can get involved in this project simply by creating a postcard. Either request a postcard pack by emailing or go to the website and click create a card to upload or create a card online.

Social Enterprise and Business Development Officer

For The Project Group, Oswestry, Shropshire. We are looking for someone to start as soon as possible to join this dynamic, creative social business. The job is initially for 15 hours a week flexible over 2-3 days (Tues, Wed, Thurs) with a salary in the region of £27,000 pro rata.


You would join a small, well-established team working from a fully equipped studio space in the centre of the small market town of Oswestry, Shropshire. The main aim of the post is to take overall responsibility for the running of the Project Group with the Project Coordinator and to develop and implement a sustainable funding and business development strategy to match the future aims of the organisation.

All members of The Project Group are adults in touch with the Mental Health Service and are referred to the group by the Community Mental Health Team. Future plans include strengthening our retail arm ‘Designs in Mind’, and developing our commissions business to provide a sustainable future for the group.

Please see for more information about the organisation. Email ( or phone (01691 655140) for a job description and person specification. Please apply by sending a C.V. and covering letter of no more than 350 words, explaining what you could bring to The Project Group, by email to

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 17th April. Interviews to be held on 24th April.

T- Party - 31st August - 1st September 2013

We are holding an exciting two day Arts and Culture Spectacular family event in Telford Town Park. We are aiming to create a Carnival and Street festival atmosphere with plenty to see and do. We are hoping to attract 5000 people.


We are looking to recruit from a diverse range of creative individuals.

This offer seeks to find a balance between contracting arts professionals, and supporting other creative individuals or projects who are able to deliver something special to our event.

We would like artists, creative teams and projects that are highly motivated and have experience of working in a community setting. We are prioritising artists local to West Midlands but are willing to consider those from further afield.

1. Art Installations

We are seeking beautiful, intriguing and potentially interactive outdoor art installations which could be featured throughout the town park. These may be new creations that are site specific or existing pieces. It could be that they develop throughout the event with contributions from participants.

We are happy for you to use the event to promote and if appropriate sell your work to others.  We would suggest that the pieces are in situation on the day as the park is an open public space and work erected before this could be liable to vandalism

If you do require a contribution we are willing to discuss this but please make it clear in your proposal.


2. Arts, Crafts, Performance and other arts based Workshops


We would like to have a variety of artists offering creative and fun activities to the public. 

Please remember this is a large park and outdoors we can not predict the weather! If you will require a marquee, gazebo, tables, chairs, flooring etc please specify this in your proposal.

Depending on your proposal we may be asking the public to pay £1 for your workshop and will split the takings with you 70% to you 30% to us.

Other workshops may require a contribution from us and this would need to be put in your proposal.

3. Artists and Makers

We are also looking for artists to create spectacular and large scale puppets, sculptures or something purely imaginative that will be able to move around the park and create our carnival like atmosphere.

We are looking in particular for artists to work with schools and other groups but will consider proposals that just bring something magical.

Please also make clear in your proposal the contributions you would be expecting, number or days and requirements from our team.

How to apply
  • A written proposal of no more than 2 sides detailing your ideas and additional photos
  • Please let us know of all your requirements
  • Let us know if you intend to do two days or just one
  • Please provide two referees
  • Closing date Thursday 25th April 2013
  • All proposals will be considered, successful proposals will be notified end of May.
  • Telford town park website
  • Further information please email or ring 01952 382 366.
  • The successful candidates may be subject to a DBS check

Applications to be sent by email


Seeking disabled artist from all over the UK, of all art forms to be part of Driving Inspiration 2013

Driving Inspiration brings disabled athletes and artists into schools to deliver projects that celebrate diversity and inspire young people.


Dear  Disabled Artists across the UK,

"Yesterday was an amazing day. The work Driving Inspiration is achieving with the QEII students is simply stunning…”

Driving Inspiration brings disabled athletes and artists into schools to deliver projects that celebrate diversity and inspire young people.


If you are a disabled artist who would like to be part of a Driving Inspiration project please send us an email and your CV by Thursday 21st March

Driving Inspiration