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Welcome to the May newsletter.  This month we celebrate the launch of our new online Art History course and more spaces are now available for one to one artist mentoring support.
Art Influencers -  A Guided Tour of Art History
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This course is designed as an introduction to the history of art and aimed at creatives aged 16 - 30. You will learn about key art periods before going on to explore them in more depth through your weekly creative art challenge. This is an ideal course for anyone looking for start or diversify their portfolio or to strengthen their creative confidence.

We are seeking artists who identify as disabled - including neurodiverse artists. The subjects are deigned to suit a range of abilities and supplementary material will be offered to those who wish to gain deeper understanding of each topic.

For full details visit the DASH website page or contact Sarah at or telephone: 07483 388056  

Deadline for expressions of interest  is 26th May.

DASH Artist Mentoring Support
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Over the past few weeks DASH has been offering one to one artist mentoring support. There are now further spaces available for these well-received sessions to artists feeling isolated during the lockdown.

Mike is offering phone/skype/zoom mentoring on a first come first served basis to any Disabled visual artist across the UK.

There will be a maximum of 3 sessions plus a short introductory session where you will decide the topics you want to cover. Each session will last up to 2 hours and can be spread over several months.

If you are interested then please contact Artistic Director, Mike Layward at for more information.

Looking for an Inspiring read in Lockdown? 

Cover of the book The Incorrigibles, a woman stands in front of mountains in a black suit with her hands held to each side of her head, She is screaming.

The Incorrigibles is a selection of 14 Disabled visual artists discussing their practice. They were asked 6 questions that aimed to provide "inspiration and advice to the readers of this book" in which it most definitely delivers.
Priced at just £12.99 + £2.50 post and packing (for costs outside UK please email we think its worth a read.
Order your copy now by emailing

Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund

The Freelands Foundation reveal details of their new Emergency Fund in partnership with a-n The Artists Information Company. The fund of £1.5m will be open to all artists and visual arts freelancers living in England and Northern Ireland who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund is part of a total of £3m of funding committed by the Freelands Foundation to support artists and creative practitioners across the UK during the pandemic. Of the £1.5 million in the new fund, £1m will be available to applicants living in England and £500k to those living in Northern Ireland.

Opening on Thursday 7 May, the fund will provide grants of £1,500-2,500 per person. These will be assessed by need and will be available to all artists and freelancers working in the visual arts, including those not eligible for existing public funds.

In addition, the Foundation has contributed £1m to Creative Scotland’s Bridging Bursary, and £500k to Arts Council of Wales Urgent Response Fund. They hope that this initiative will help support the most vulnerable in the arts sector across all four nations of the UK.

For further information and resources regarding funding and other opportunities please keep checking the DASH Resources pages.

Extension of Non Accessible Period Exemption for Rail Replacement Services

Although for many of us getting on a train feels like a thing of the past, the exemption period for rail replacement buses and coaches to become fully accessible has been extended until the end of December.

Conditions have been attached which say that where-ever possible accessible buses and coaches should be used and where they aren’t, alternative arrangements must be made for disabled passengers.

For useful information and opportunities don't forget to check the DASH Blog pages.

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