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We Are Invisible we Are Visible WAIWAV

We Are Invisible We Are Visible WAIWAV​​​​​​​ is now open for applications!

Earlier in the year DASH announced that we had won the prestigious Ampersand Award 2021. This was for our project proposal: We Are Invisible We Are Visible WAIWAV.

We are looking for 31 d/Deaf, Disabled or Neurodivergent artists to make interventions based on Dada/ Surrealism/ Disability art in 31 Plus Tate organisations across the UK on 2 July 2022.

This date will be the 102nd anniversary of the 1st Dada international exhibition in Berlin.

What if the Dada movement had started in 2020 in lockdown?

What would they have done?

Is now a more timely moment to resurrect the spirit and essence of Dada?

We say yes

An intervention could be performative; time based; ephemeral; quirky; unusual; minimal; solo/duo/group; digital and much more.

Artist Information:

Notes from the Artist Information Event are now available to download in the Resources section at the bottom of the page.

Alternatively you can email to request a copy is sent to you.

Please find a recording of the Artist Information Event here. (Includes captions)

An Easy Read:
Please find an EASY READ version of ths call out at the bottom of the page.

If you have any questions please contact Mike Layward at DASH:

What is an Intervention?

Please also find a link to the presentation: Intervention Art by Aaron Williamson at the bottom of this page.

What are the criteria?

Self-define as a d/Deaf, Disabled or Neurodivergent artist

Simple: Your intervention needs to be simple and light touch

Self-Sufficient: You need to not be dependant on the support of the organisation’s technical, curatorial and security staff (though this may be offered) and your intervention must ‘leave no trace’.

Risk and safety assessed: We need to know that you have considered the risks involved in your intervention and ‘nobody will be hurt and nothing will be damaged’.

Relating to Dada and Disability art: we need to understand the thinking behind your intervention.



(Please find the transcript for this at the bottom of the page).


Disability Art​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​​​Digital/Remote/Live Streamed

We are open to interventions being Digital, remote or live streamed.

We have asked the 31 galleries 3 questions about remote interventions.

Please find each of their answers are in a document at the bottom of the page.

Public liability insurance: you will need your own public liability insurance.

This can be obtained from the following organisations:

Artist Union of England AUE:​​​​​​​



How to apply?

Send DASH your answers to the following questions:

  • Your name

  • Your contact details (email, mobile etc)

  • Do you self-define as a d/Deaf, disabled or neurodivergent artist YES/NO?

  • Up to 4 images of your work, please send these as seperate files to your 2 sides of A4.

  • What is your intervention and does it have a name?

  • Why you want to do this intervention?

  • How does your intervention relate to Dada and Disability art?

  • How does your intervention fulfil the 3 criteria: Simple; self-sufficient; risk and safety assessed?

  • Is your intervention site specific? If it is why have you chosen this site?

  • If your intervention is not site specific please send us your 1st/2nd/3rd choice of organisations. Please say why you have chosen these galleries

  • How will you document your work? Justin Edgar will be making a WAIWAV film but we will want to include documentation by the WAIWAV artists.

The Fee
The fee for each intervention will be £2800, which will include all costs.

There is a separate access budget.​​​​​​​

Deadline for Submissions:

Please only send up to 2 sides of A4 or a 5-minute video/audio to by Midnight, 1 November, 2021

​​​​​​​Send your 4 images as seperate files​​​​​​​

Decisions will be made by the end of November

The Organisations

The Plus Tate organisations who will be taking part in WAIWAV will be in the WAIWAV brochure. Link located at the bottom of the page.

Here you will find:

  • The organisation and their details

  • Why they are a WAIWAV organisation

  • The spaces that they are offering for the intervention. Some organisations may only be able to offer outdoor or virtual space.

  • Special conditions. Some organisations will be offering extra possibilities i.e. residencies, w/shops and talks.

The WAIWAV selection panel​​​​​​​

Lois Keidan: ex-Live Art Development agency director

Ryan Hughes: Director of Coventry Biennial

Linzi Stauvers: Head of Education at Ikon Gallery

Ashokkumar Mistry: Disabled Curator/artist

Aidan Moesby: Disabled curator/artist

Heather Sturdy: Head of National Partnerships at Tate

Ceri Barrow: Plus Tate Coordinator

Mike Layward: DASH Artistic Director