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As usual everyone at DAC has been busy over the past few months, here is a quick round-up of what we have been up to:

Photo is of Sara Beer (Maureen)

Photo by Toby Farrow

Sara Beer in Cosy

Earlier this year Sara had a 5 week sabbatical so that she could perform in Kaite O’Reilly’s latest play, ‘Cosy’ at the Weston Studio at the Wales Millennium Centre.

Here is what Sara had to say about her return to the stage:

“Being involved with ‘Cosy’ was a fantastic experience with an amazing cast of actors; Sharon Morgan, Ri Richards, Ruth Lloyd, Llinos Daniel and Bethan Rose Young. The rest of the company was pretty amazing too, as well as having Phillip Zarrilli as director and Sandra Bendelow as Associate Producer, the multi-talented Tom Wentworth was Assistant Producer, Ace McCarron lighting designer, Nicola Redfern DSM and Glesni Price-Jones SM.

Through a delightfully dysfunctional family Cosy deals with ageing and end of life issues. Three generations of women share their joys and humiliations of getting older and their very different thoughts on how best to leave this world. Though heartbreaking at times it was also darkly comic and I was very lucky to be playing a character who contributed to the comedy.

We received an excellent response to Cosy during our week at the WMC and I loved performing again. I am extremely grateful to everyone at DAC for allowing me the time off for this wonderful opportunity.”

'Blood and Gold' by Trish Bermingham

Blood & Gold by Trish Bermingham

DAC Annual Exhibition

For the first time our Annual Exhibition was exhibited at Oriel Cric in Crickhowell. Several artists and supporters made it to the launch and there was press coverage of the event. It is a brilliant venue and the exhibition was very successful with several pieces being sold. Two of the artists, Dawn McKintyre and Gemma J.Payne, have been chosen to exhibit at this year’s Cric Open exhibition which opens on Friday 27th May at 6:30pm.

The exhibition is now on at Celf o Gwmpas in Llandrindod Wells. We are very pleased that the excellent work produced by disabled artists in Wales has been seen by so many people. It won’t be long before we will be asking for work for this year’s exhibition.

Poetry Competition

Following on from the success of last year’s competition we are offering a similar opportunity this year. Again we are asking writers to respond to the theme of the annual exhibition which this year was Austerity / Extravagance, either by using the title or viewing one of the art works online for inspiration. You can see all the images on our Gallery pages.

Keep an eye out on our website and Facebook page for all the details of how to enter. We look forward to your entries.

Changing the Focus?

We were very pleased to receive funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Ffilm Cymru Wales to run a film project with Ben Ewart-Dean. Ben is looking for archive films so that we can explore how learning disabled people have been portrayed in film over the years. With a group of participants we will be making a short film about learning disabled people’s heritage and how things have changed over the years. If you know of anyone who has their own film archive they would be happy to share please do get in touch. We will of course be keeping you up dated with the progress of the project.


We are beginning to get very excited about our plans for this year’s Mental Health Arts Festival. We have met with lots of wonderful Welsh artists who are producing work that we hope can be included in the festival in November. Our partners are once again Making Minds and Ynys Mon and Gwynedd Mind, who are already planning some great events for North Wales. Once all the funding is confirmed we will be able to announce who will be involved but it will be a great variety of performance, music, dance, film, visual art and workshops.

South Wales Network Group

The first meeting of the South Wales Network group took place in Cardiff at the beginning of May. The artists who attended are very enthusiastic about the opportunity to meet regularly to share ideas, skills and gain new experiences by arranging workshops. We have set up a facebook group so that the conversations can continue between meetings. The next meeting will be on Wednesday July 6th so if you are a south Wales based disabled artist and want to get involved please do let us know.

North Wales Writers’ Groups

The Gwanwyn writing project in North Wales has been extremely successful and they are soon to be publishing a bi-lingual booklet of their work. As soon as we have more information we will let you know.

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