Announcing the Inside commissions - plus updates on current DASH projects including Cultivate, D2Art and Tu Fewn.
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Inside commissions:

The application process for Inside closed on September 16th. We received some great applications and are pleased to have offered commissions to the following two organisations so far; QUAD in Derby and New Art Exchange in Nottingham.

DASH are looking forward to starting new work with both of these vibrant organisations, in two high profile, very exciting projects which will see us work with lots of new partners.

There is one commission which is still to be placed - and an announcement of the third Inside commission will be made early next year.

For more information on Inside,
visit the DASH website.

Cultivate update:

Our freshly launched mentoring project is of course now up and running. We already have 12 mentees signed-up to receive support from our panel of 8 professional mentors.

Six venues across the West Midlands are providing mentoring sessions - and there are three Learning Disabled artists who are receiving mentoring so far.

We envisage surpassing our original target of having 20 mentees for the first year of the project.

DASH board member Tanya Rabe, recently filmed short two-minute films of each of the Cultivate mentors, for potential mentees to view. To view the videos, visit the DASH Youtube pages.

DASH board:

DASH is pleased to announce the arrival of four new board members.

Firstly we welcome Jenny Smith to the board, a freelance project manager and producer with 15 years arts experience working within many organisations in a diverse variety of roles.

Alongside Jenny, is Deborah Aston. Starting out at the BBC, Deborah has worked with many production companies and continues to develop feature projects, but more recently she has started to explore visual arts projects and hopes to continue to grow this area into her storytelling and projects.

Pearl Findlay is currently working on BBC projects and has considerable experience in the television film industries - with special interest in Disability and Diversity in the workplace. Pearl is also a photographer,
take a look at her work here.

Bhavani Esapathi lives and breathes everything digital. She has been working in digital cultural management and communications for the past 5 years. To see some of the varied work she does, check out her website.

For more information on the DASH board and it's members, visit the DASH website.
Image: Gail Howard, hospital corridor.

Tu Fewn:

The first Tu Fewn commission has now happened, as part of Ffotogallery's Diffusion Festival which took place in Cardiff in October. Zoe's work can be viewed on the Diffusion website.

The other two Tu Fewn commissions are progressing well and Aidan Moesby's in Cwmbran will open in January.

For updates on the Tu Fewn project,
visit the DASH website.

D2Art update:

Dr Chris Creed has recently posted a very interesting and informative blog entry to the D2Art website.

His blog entry details the experiences of Disabled Artists using Eye/head tracking and mid-air gesturing in their creative work.

To read the blog entry in full,
click here.

Shropshire arts cuts - the petition is in:

Mike handed the petition in on Wednesday 25th November - with over 2500 signatures! Pictures to follow soon.

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