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Fairy lights at The Hive, Shrewsbury by Paula Dower


Welcome to our December Newsletter. The festive season is upon us and we have plenty of exciting news!

Here at DASH, we are delighted to announce that Mandy Fowler has joined our Board of Trustees after working with DASH across a variety of our programmes. Mandy is an independent cultural consultant, curator and producer working in contemporary visual arts with both galleries and artists.

If you, or someone you know would be interested in joining the DASH board please get in touch.

Don't forget to check out our latest updates on the DASH blog page.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas from the DASH team!

A photograph of a collection of wheelchair parts arranged in the shape of the map of Great Britain
Tony Heaton, Great Britain From A Wheelchair
Anna Berry's Curated Exhibition 'Art and Social Change: The Disability Arts Movement'

MAC Birmingham recently announced the dates and details of Anna Berry's curated exhibition, Art and Social Change: The Disability Arts Movement.

As part of DASH's Curatorial Commissions Programme, Anna Berry has been undertaking a year-long placement at MAC. She has been working closely with their Visual Arts team to learn how they approach the curation of their shows. This exhibition, developed and curated by Anna, is the culmination of her placement, showcasing her new skills while linking to the wider programme at MAC.

This exhibition presents some of the art work, along with objects used by Disability Rights activists, that raised awareness and effected political change for disabled people. The Disability Arts Movement were a civil rights group of artists and activists who fought the marginalisation of disabled people. Their work supported the struggle of Disability Rights activists, which led to the passing of the Disability Discrimination Act in 1995.

Her exhibition will be running from Sat 11th January to Sun 22nd March 2020 between 9am and 9pm in the Arena Gallery, MAC Birmingham. FREE admissions.

Final Call Out for Wysing's Curator in Residence
A photograph of Wysing Art Centre's gravelled courtyard containing several picinic benches. To the left is an orange and dark wood panelled building and to the right is a dark two storey building. Behind the courtyard is a pale green building surrounded by grass and trees.
Wysing Courtyard by Jay Parekh
Final call out: Applications are still open for Curator in- Residence at Wysing Arts Centre.

Wysing are currently inviting expressions of interest for a Curator in Residence who identifies as disabled, to be in-residence from April 2020 to March 2021. This residency is part of a wider network, working alongside DASH, the Midlands Art Centre (MAC) Birmingham and
MIMA Middlesbrough on the Curatorial Commissions programme.

The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday 15 December 2019.

Please visit our website for more details about the Wysing residency and DASH's Curatorial Commissions programme.

Creative Careers Day 2019

A photograph of acetate portrait drawings arranged in rows of four and stuck onto a large white sheet of paper with blue tape.
Acetate drawings by students

On 18th November 2019, DASH, The Hive and Shropshire Inclusive Dance hosted a Creative Careers Day for a group of sixth form arts students from Thomas Adams School, Wem as part of Discover! Creative Careers Week.

The organisations held various talks and activities to demonstrate the variety of opportunties and pathways available in the arts sector and to inspire the students to pursue creative careers.

DASH's Operations Director, Paula Dower, began the session with an overview of DASH's aims, projects and roles. Following this, local artist and DASH trustee Tanya Raabe lead an interactive session involving portrait drawing on acetate sheets. The students worked in pairs to sketch portraits of each other by holding the acetate up to their faces.

The students were then asked to write their job aspirations on their portraits and the drawings were placed together to symbolise their ambitions and goals.

We hope we have inspired Shropshire's younger generation to pursue a creative future!

Jazz Moreton talks with Mike Layward

A photograph of a woman standing on a stage in front of a microphone. She is looking down at a piece of paper she is holding. The lighting in the room is pink and there are large black speakers to the left of the photograph.
A performance at the Tin Music and Arts, August 2019
DASH wanted to find out more about Jazz as a person, as an artist and how she found the residency and commission with Talking Birds and Coventry Biennial.

Here is an extract from Jazz's interview. To read the full interview please visit our Blog page.

M is Mike Layward
J is Jazz Moreton

M: What is your Background Jazz?

J: When I was 13, I survived a stroke. I was helicoptered to hospital and I was put in an induced coma so I have no recollection of what happened next. The hospital staff hadn’t seen a young person like me with a stroke so they presumed that I had overdosed on drugs. A neurologist came and insisted that they scan my brain and when they saw the results they realised that I had had a stroke.

After that I was transferred from intensive care to Birmingham Children’s Hospital and I was 15 weeks in hospital where I relearnt to walk. I was home educated since 6.

After I came out of hospital I went to a special school where half the time I spoke and half the time I had to use this horrible machine like a type writer. I hated this machine and it had a voice like Stephen Hawking’s machine. I was also sent to a music lesson where they taught me to sing my name. I told the teacher that these lessons were crappy. After the trial I didn’t go back thank god.

I was home educated from the age of 6 so I wasn’t used to the school environment and it didn’t suit me.

M: What do you think you have learnt from the residency and the commission?

J: If I had all the knowledge I have gained from my residency I would have had a planned outcome but as I hadn’t worked like this ever before I couldn’t define what the finished piece would be like- even to myself! I definitely would have recorded each question and answer separately in order to make editing easier.

Thanks for giving me this opportunity; it is so hard for people with disabilities to get chances.

I am aiming to expand on this project into ‘Coventry City of Culture’ and beyond. You definitely haven’t seen the end of me!

To read more on our Blog Page please click here

DASH's Christmas Advent Calendar

A drawing in black on a red background of a teddy bear waving out of a window to Father Christmas outside. There is a pile of presents to the left of the image.
Paulette Ng, Sweet Dreams Little Sis

In conjunction with artists we has provided support to, DASH has created an virtual Advent Calendar. We are posting an image of a piece of artwork produced by an artist we have worked with each day in the build up to Christmas.

This is a fantastic way to promote our community of artists who have received essential DASH support and offer a way for you to help DASH make a difference to the lives of more Disabled artists both locally and nationally.

To help support our projects please donate this Christmas via our website: 

Keep up to date with our Advent Calendar artwork posts by follow DASH on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Get your copy of The Incorrigibles now

The Front cover of The Incorrigibles of a photograph of a woman in a black jacket with her mouth wide open and her hands against either side of her face. She is standing on a road and in the background there are mountains, forests and a lake. The title is orientated vertically up the left hand side.
Front cover of The Incorrigibles

Copies of DASH's book, The Incorrigibles: Perspectives on Disability Visual Arts in the 20th and 21st Centuries, are available to buy for yourself or as a great Christmas gift.

The stories and artwork in this book unite the artists and demonstrate the strong vibrant genre that is progressive and inspirational to an emerging Disability Arts landscape. We are indebted to all the artists who responded with such openness, honesty and generosity of spirit.

"The Incorrigibles is both a testament to the resilience of artists making work in the face of disabling obstacles and the commitment of artists dedicated to making work about the experience of disability." - Colin Hambrook, Disability Arts Online.

The book is available to purchase online here:

For alternative methods of purchasing the book please contact Paula Dower

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