It’s not over yet! Lots more opportunities to talk, learn and meet colleagues old and new across Wales in 2020, from Caenarfon to Llanelli.
The Unlimited Connects event last November at Wales Millennium Centre was a packed two days of panel discussions, talks and workshops discussing disability-led arts in Wales. There were also performances:
- Aby Watson’s –ish is a solo dance work with guest appearances from helium balloons, exercise balls and huge fans, commissioned by Unlimited and exploring dyspraxia and the visibility or invisibility of disability.
- Gods & Kings – Four in Four’s play about the author’s real-life experiences of being diagnosed with bipolar manic depression, plus a workshop on their process of getting it from idea to stage. The text of Gods & Kings, as revealed by Paul Whittaker and Tamsin Griffiths in the workshop, has also been published by Oberon Books. An Unlimited microgrant meant they could travel to meet the publishers in person to seal the deal.
Cardiff Dance Festival led a lively session on dance and disability in Wales with the aforementioned Aby Watson and the rest of the panel all presenting beautifully in their own way. Lots of opportunities to meet, talk and build professional networks too, including with Ruth Fabby MBE who is formerly of the ground-breaking DaDaFest in Liverpool and has recently been appointed as the director of Disability Arts Cymru.
There are more chances coming up to take part in Unlimited Connects events across Wales in the next few months, so if you couldn’t make it in November, if Cardiff’s not on your manor or even if you were there and just can’t get enough, then there should be something to interest you.
You can find detailed booking and access information below, or contact Glesni Price-Jones if you have any questions.
7 February 2020, from 12.30pm: Focusing on the Local at the Torch Theatre, Milford Haven
A conversation on how venues can maximise the involvement of local participants across all their activities in a way that others within the sector can learn from. We’ll examine what people want to see and engage with, find out more about which access options that (some) people want and which turn (some) people off… and how these can be squared with each other. Run in partnership with Arts Care and for an invited audience. A light lunch included. There is limited capacity, so booking is essential.
The Panel will consist of: Jo Verrent, Senior Producer at Unlimited, who will launch the day by hosting a conversation for industry and venues; Sara Beer,South Wales Regional Officer for Disability Arts Cymru; Chris Ryan, Director of Arts Care, Gofal Celf.
To book your place, please contact: Janine@torchtheatre.co.uk
11 February 2020, from 10.30am: Taking the lid off programming at Galeri Caernarfon
A day to consider where the work of disabled artists sits within venue-based programming and curation. You’ll also get to see Kristina Veasey’s installation (and Unlimited commission) My Dirty Secret which turns her frustration as a disabled person trying to keep up with the housework into deceptively beautiful fabrics, furniture and other interior decor. Day starts at 10.30am with a pitching session from a range of disabled artists followed by a networking session, a panel discussion (ending at 4.30) and a performance at 6.30 – 7.30pm.
28 February 2020,11am-4pm: Making Space- The art of curating disabled artists at Tŷ Pawb in Wrexham.
Organised by VAGW (Visual Arts Group Wales), this day aims to equip participants with the confidence and the knowledge they need to work with disabled artists. Guest contributors include Mike Layward (Artistic Director, Disability Arts Shropshire DASH), Anna Berry (DASH curator in residence, MAC Birmingham) and Gaia Redgrave (artist). More information here.
5 March 2020, 10.30am-4.30pm: Making it mainstream, making it ours at Ffwrnes in Llanelli
A day for artists, audiences and programmers to consider the Welsh language and bilingualism in the context of work that is accessible for disabled people. Book your place here.
12 March 2020: A Little Space at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon
Considering the role of participatory arts practice and its place in the cultural ecology of Wales. The day will conclude with a performance of Mind the Gap’s A Little Space in the theatre at 7.30pm. Book tickets for A Little Space on their website.
2 April 2020: The Young Ones at Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Exploring how young disabled people access training and work across all disciplines in the arts. There will be a script to stage master class with Katie O’Reilly. More information on this day will be available soon.
We really look forward to meeting you somewhere in Wales during 2020!