DASH has been working in partnership with galleries commissioning new work by disabled artists since 2008, including The New Art Gallery Walsall, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Oriel Davies Newtown and the following five galleries

QUAD is an international centre for engagement in contemporary art and film, based in Derby.

The year round programme focuses on major exhibitions, professional practice for artists, mass participation, commissions, independent film and the creative use of emergent technologies.

QUAD is a charity focused on intercultural dialogue through supporting diverse audiences to engage, develop skills and contribute to contemporary culture. Major projects include FORMAT International Photography Biennale and the UK's largest international portfolio review, as well as recent exhibitions by Gibson/Martelli and Susan MacWilliam, and the forthcoming show KAPUT by Benedict Drew. 

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'Culturally Diverse Arts for All' - New Art Exchange (NAE) is a contemporary arts space in Nottingham that celebrates the region's cultural richness and diversity.

It is the largest gallery in the UK dedicated to culturally diverse contemporary visual arts. The venue presents an ever-changing programme of art exhibitions, creative activities for families and young people, film screenings, symposiums, lectures, festivals and a live performance programme of music, dance and theatre.

In addition to three gallery spaces, the venue has a café-lounge serving home-made food from around the world. The venue also houses a number of workshops and performance spaces which enable us to work in conjunction with our local schools and colleges and to deliver professional development programmes for artists.

Our programme of activities is dedicated to stimulating new perspectives on the value of diversity within art and society. Within our galleries we present the work of world renowned British and international artists. Past exhibitors have included: Rashid Rana, Zineb Sedira, Hurvin Anderson, Yara El-Sherbini, Nari Ward, Christian Marclay and Elizabeth Price (as part of British Art Show 7), Leo Asemota, Zarina Bhimji and Hetain Patel.

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First opened in 1962, mac birmingham is Birmingham's pioneering arts complex for everyone. mac is a national leader in developing work with children, families and young people of all backgrounds.

mac offers a busy programme of theatre, dance, independent cinema, exhibitions and special events, as well as a wealth of practical classes in all aspects of creativity, from playing musical instruments to ceramics and jewellery-making.

Following a two-year £15.2 million redevelopment funded by Arts Council England, Birmingham City Council, charitable trusts, commercial sponsorship and public donations - mac reopened to the public on May 1 2010.

Located in Cannon Hill Park, two miles south of Birmingham city centre, mac was attracting 500,000 visitors a year when it closed for the redevelopment in April 2008. In 20011/12 there were 900,000 visitors to the new building. From Summer 2012, mac is staging a 12-month celebration of its first 50 years - mac at 50:

  • Inspiring artists, communities, businesses and audiences
  • Celebrating the world we live and work in
  • Looking forward to the next decade.

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Disability Arts Cymru believes that Disabled and Deaf People have an exciting and valuable contribution to make to the arts in Wales.

They are committed to working with individuals and organisations to celebrate the diversity of Disabled & Deaf People's arts and culture - and develop equality across all art forms.

As an organisation, Disability Arts Cymru helps; create more opportunities for Disabled & Deaf People to develop their skills in the arts; raises the profile of arts by Disabled & Deaf People; works in partnership with other organisations on arts related projects; advises on issues related to disability and the arts; provides a consultancy service around policy development; and offers arts-specific Disability Equality Training.

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Visual Art Network, as the name suggests, is a Network organisation. A Charitable Trust which was founded in 1999.

Based in Shrewsbury, the Network aims to raise the Visual Art profile in Shropshire, plus Telford and Wrekin too.

Linking artists, designers, makers, galleries and buyers. VAN is a membership organisation with an annual subscription.

The Visual Art Network gets artists connected, helps offer chances to exhibit work and enhances a professional practice. Members are able to share skills, ideas, information - and a collective love of art.

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Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre occupies a 19th Century Victorian manor house; it is the regional centre for the applied arts in South East Wales. The Centre instigates and presents a dynamic and exciting exhibitions programme which promotes the applied arts. It also provides an extensive education and participation scheme of work to the local community. In addition, the Centre creates and tours exhibitions to venues across Britain and Europe.

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G39 is an artist-run gallery in the centre of Cardiff, Wales' capital city. The gallery curates between six and eight exhibitions per year and often hosts other events in the interim weeks. In addition to the gallery programme, g39 works in offsite locations for individual projects. The organisation also runs Wales Artist Resource Programme – WARP - which is an open-access resource and training space for artists.

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Ffotogallery, established in 1978, are the national development agency for photography and lens based media in Wales. Their view is outward looking, with an exhibition programme featuring artists from Wales and the rest of the world. Ffotogallery currently operates across a number of sites and has an active policy of commissioning new work. In particular, aiming to provide a vital support system to photographers in Wales.

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Woven into the fabric of Bristol's cultural offer since 1961, Arnolfini presents an ambitious programme of contemporary arts including visual art, performance, dance, film and music. Dramatically sited in the city's vibrant harbourside, the centre introduces new and major work by international artists to over 500,000 visitors annually, alongside inclusive learning initiatives designed to spark interest in contemporary art.

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We provide places for the people of Coventry and visitors to the City to meet, celebrate and explore their cultural and creative past, present and futures.

Our mission:


  • To enable exploration of the collections we hold in trust, collecting, safeguarding and making them accessible.
  • To create and present work of quality, daring and accomplishment offering a diverse mix of entertainment, learning and aesthetic enjoyment.
  • To offer our buildings, collections , knowledge, skills & experience as a resource to our audiences, working in active partnership with business, education, community and arts organisations, and other service providers to maintain and extend the range and reach of our work.
  • To expand the services offered to existing & potential customers by developing the building as a venue.


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The Public was an exciting creative, community, cultural and business space in the heart of West Bromwich. It was operated by Sandwell Arts Trust - but sadly closed in November 2013.

It was a world class building set in the heart of Sandwell - today one of the most deprived areas in the UK but with a long history of creativity, innovation and community pride which changed the world.

Everything that The Public achieved was about responding to these factors to be a force for the better in the community. At the core of the business and organisation was a committed approach to using the arts to raise aspirations.

The Public held a key role in making the arts more accessible to a community which traditionally has low participation in the creative industries. In essence, The Public was a creative place, inspiring art and changing lives throughout it's existence.

Sound Canvas, the award-winning installation by Zoe Partington, was launched at The Public and hosted there before becoming a touring exhibit.

The Old Music Hall is situated in the town centre of Shrewsbury. The complex is one of the most important sites in Shrewsbury, strategically positioned in the historic Market Square at the heart of the earliest part of the town.

It is a unique collection of buildings including the Grade II* listed 13th Century Vaughan's Mansion, one of only a handful of early medieval defensive Hall Houses in the UK remaining. Occupying the main part of the site is the 19th Century Music Hall and Assembly Rooms designed by Edward Haycock in 1835 and listed as Grade II. The complex also includes a medieval shut (a passageway between buildings typical of Shrewsbury), 18th Century prison cells and a 20th Century civil defence/nuclear bunker.

In essence the Music Hall site is a microcosm of the town as a whole that reflects a broad range of local traditions. By sensitive restoration and the removal of ugly additions such as a 1960s boiler room, it is planned to reveal the history of alterations and uses reflecting the social, cultural and economic development of Shrewsbury over some seven centuries.

The vision:

The Music Hall project will redevelop the 2970 sq.m site into an integrated visitor centre to serve Shropshire and therefore ensuring a viable future for a highly significant complex of historic buildings in the heart of the County Town.

The buildings will house the historic museum collections, reconfigured and re-presented, together with visitor services and information and a programme of contemporary visual arts, community-led events and educational activity to enable a much wider range and much greater number of people to engage with, experience and enjoy leisure, learning and the rich cultural product of Shrewsbury and Shropshire.

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