DAC Mega Monthly Mash-Up


The summer is here, apparently, and because it’s the silly season atdac.rocks has been off on its hols. Here is an update of all the activities we have been involved with at DAC over the last couple of months and a look towards what is coming up in the Autumn.


Farewell to Maggie

After dedicating her working life to the development of disability arts we sadly said goodbye to our Director, Maggie Hampton, last month. DAC has grown and developed under Maggie’s guidance and we are extremely grateful to her for the enthusiasm, commitment and joy she brought to the organisation. We will miss her, and Boadie, but wish them both a long and happy retirement. We will be organising an official farewell to Maggie at this year’s AGM so we will keep you posted about details of that event.

We also said goodbye to Linda McMullen, our Admin assistant who has also retired. Linda was with DAC for nearly five years so we will miss her too, and her efficiency in keeping everything in order. We will be recruiting new staff in the near future but in the meantime the office is a much quieter place.

DAC Surgeries

Staff have recently been busy meeting arts organisations across Wales to offer help and advice on a variety of access issues. The surgeries have been a great success and we are looking forward to building upon and creating new partnerships with a number of organisations. At the end of September we will launching our Artists in Action programme – building progression routes for disabled artists across Wales. More information about this next month.


Changing the Focus

DAC have been working with film maker Ben Ewart-Dean on a project with learning disabled adults, discussing their own family archive and looking at how the representation of learning disabled people in film has changed over the years. Richard Newnham and Lindsay Foster have worked with us on the project and we are looking forward to seeing the completed film next month. There will be a series of screenings across Wales during September and more details about those events will be sent out soon.

'Blood and Gold' by Trish Bermingham

Poetry Competition

The deadline for entries is  AUGUST 31st 2016 so all you writers out there still have time to enter.

The competition follows the same theme as this year’s DAC annual exhibition, Austerity / Extravagance. If you would like to use the exhibition for inspiration you can view the work at: Our Gallery
 There will be two prizes of £50 awarded and selected poems will be part of an e-publication
The Judges are Dominic Williams and Sian Northey. You can enter via post or email, all the details of the competition can be found on our website For more info and entry criteria – CLICK HERE

Network Groups

Our three regional network groups of disabled artists are meeting regularly to share ideas and discuss relevant issues. If you cannot make it to a meeting but would like to be part of a group there are facebook groups artists are welcome to join. For further information about the groups please contact Sara Beer


Yn cynnwys ni? Does that include us?

Artist Gail Howard has curated a programme of events throughout the summer at g39 in Cardiff. Presented by artists, facilitators and activists, some who identify as disabled and some who don’t, there have been a wide variety of workshops, discussions and performances. The events run until the 25th August and then in September there will be an exhibition curated by Gail as part of her Tu Fewn commission at g39. We have posted details of the programme on social media but for all the details please visit www.g39.org

Gwenllian-Jones-Breuddwyd-am-AffricaAnnual Art Exhibition 2016

Please keep a look out on our website and facebook page for details of this year’s art exhibition that will be released by the end of August. We were delighted with the high quality work that was entered last year so are looking forward to receiving this year’s entries. The exhibition will launch at Oriel Ynys Mon in February and then selected works will tour across Wales.


Unlimited Festival 2016 September 6th – 11th

If you are going up to London for this year’s Unlimited festival at the South Bank please go along to celebrate the launch of Kaite O’Reilly’s new selection of plays, Atypical Plays for Atypical Actors, on Tuesday 6th September 2-3pm. We are delighted to have Kaite as our Patron and hope the event is a great success. Don’t forget there are some fantastic performances at this year’s festival, for all the details please go to: unlimited.southbankcentre.co.uk/events



We are delighted that we have received funding to hold Wales’ second mental health arts festival. Organised by Disability Arts Cymru, Ynys Mon a Gwynedd Mind and Making Minds, the festival will see a number of events take place, around Wales, this October and November.
Funded by the Arts Council of Wales, Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales, National Centre for Mental Health / MRC Centre (Cardiff University) and Voluntary Arts Wales, the festival will:

  • Celebrate the relationship between the arts and mental health
  • Educate, reduce stigma and challenge perceptions around mental health
  • Increase access to/involvement in the arts for those experiencing mental ill health
  • Provide a platform and raise the profile of emerging and established artists living with mental illness

The festival will include exhibitions, film screenings, speakers and performances. The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff are hosting 4 days of performances and events between November 21st – 24th, a definite date for your diary. We will soon be launching a festival website where you will be able to find all the information you need about events across Wales.

Another date for your diary is November 23rd at the Wales Millennium Centre. The culmination of the Tu Fewn project, which has been run in partnership between DAC , DASH and galleries Llantarnam Grange, Ffotogallery and g39, is the Beyond the Frame Symposium. Join leading international Disabled artist Rachel Gadsden and CCQ editor Emma Geliot to discuss the importance of diversity in the arts.
The symposium will bring together disabled artists and galleries, to learn about the Tu Fewn commissioning project, network and shape future projects.

Tu Fewn was the first commissioning programme for Disabled visual artists in mainstream galleries in Wales, and you will hear from the artists, galleries and partners who shaped the project.

Tickets will be on sale soon so again look out for details of how to book on our website and facebook page.


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