October 2018 - this month's events, a call for an evaluator, new DASH staff, PROCESSIONS, the 'Free Medicine' project
The DASH Logo - the word DASH sits on top of four equally spaced rectangles which are blue, yellow, green and pink. Underneath this are the words 'Cultivating spaces for extraordinary artists'.
Participants in DASH's 'Free Medicine' young Disabled artists project display their artwork for the camera


Welcome to the October 2018 newsletter from DASH.

It's an exciting time for the organisation with new projects, new horizons and new arrivals in every sense of the word!

In this month's edition you'll find news of a new Curatorial Commissions project, how you can help save the world in just 12 short hours and DASH welcomes some new faces.


How To Change The World In Half A Day - Equality And Access Poster

Seminar - How To Change The World In Half A Day!

Event: Equality and diversity seminar led by DASH

Date: Monday 15 October 2018

Venue: The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1TE

Equality and diversity are the building blocks for a just and fair society, so how do we make sure these basic principles are in place to make the world a better place to live and work in?

Ok, so maybe we can't change the world in half a day, but, we can bring you help in the form of ideas and experiences built upon DASH's lived knowledge of Disability arts.

Join DASH on 15 October to share, connect, learn and explore ways of incorporating and promoting equality and diversity in your programme work and take new strides forward in saving the world! 

The seminar will include:

What Is Equality And Diversity? 
The history of struggles for equal rights and justice 

What Is Disability Arts? - Looking at the book ‘The Incorrigibles’ and the National Disability Arts Archive

Disabled Artists And Learning Disabled Artists - Q and A with Tanya Raabe Webber; Disabled artist and activist, through her work with ArtStudio01, an inclusive arts collective based in Shrewsbury 

The Experiences Of Cultivate Film -  a look back at the lessons learnt from the Cultivate Film project, a 3 year mentoring programme for Disabled visual artists based in the West Midlands that finished this year

How To Be Inclusive - Discussion on what you need to do to make your programmes inclusive

Afternoon tea provided.

To book your place contact Cerin Richardson through the link below: 

Or you can phone Cerin on 07753 659981

You can find more details on how to get to The Hive through the link directly below:

For more information on How To Change The World In Half A Day, just click on the button below:
More Information
left to right - Subversive Stitchers Edel Slawton and Stephanie Hinton, Atlantic rower Di Carrington, Subversive Stitcher Jaqueline Cooley and Atlantic rower Sharon Magrath in front of the PROCESSIONS banner

PROCESSIONS Arrives In Coventry 

The banner created by Shropshire Subversive Stitchers continues to wow audiences having spent the summer being displayed at The Hive, Shrewsbury and at Dudmaston Hall, near Quatt, Shropshire.

Dudmaston Hall was a fitting place for the banner to be, as Violet Ann Bland is depicted on the DASH banner.

Violet was a kitchen maid at Dudmaston Hall, she joined the Women's Social and Political Union, an all-women's political movement campaigning for the women's suffrage and was arrested along with 116 other women during the notorious events of ‘Black Friday’ in 1910 where police and bystanders subjected suffragette marchers to dreadful violence during a protest march to the Houses of Parliament.  

In 1912 Violet broke a window and was imprisoned for four months.  Whilst in Aylesbury Prison, Violet joined hunger striking suffragettes and endured force-feeding at the hands of the authorities.
In addition, Di Carrington and Sharon Magrath, two of the three all-female crew who rowed across the Atlantic in 2017 and whose names are also embroidered on the banner, joined the Shropshire Subversive Stitchers for cakes and fizz at The Hive before its visit to Dudmaston Hall. It was great to meet two more of the wonderful women celebrated by the project.
The DASH banner then joined the remaining banners created in the Midlands at The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum as part of the Festival of Imagineers 2018.
From 25
 October to 4 November the banner will join the other 99 banners commissioned by Artichoke at the SPILL festival in Ipswich, Suffolk.

Who knows where it’s journey will take it next?

DASH PROCESSIONS workshops were supported by Artichoke, Western Power Distribution and Shropshire Council.
Part of PROCESSIONS, a UK-wide mass participation artwork to mark 100 years of women's suffrage, produced by Artichoke and commissioned by 14-18 NOW, based on an idea by Darrell Vydelingum

See the story of the DASH banner here:

Find out about SPILL festival here:
Self Stress Relief - Anna Berndtson, part of 'Disrupted' exhibition, mac Birmingham 2015

Call For Evaluator

DASH has been working with galleries and arts centres in England and Wales since 2009 creating opportunities for Disabled artists to exhibit and curate, advancing the careers of Disabled artists and influencing major organisations.

Now DASH is taking this work forward with an exciting new series of Curatorial Commissions supporting the development of Disabled curators across the sector.

The programme will be linked with action research as part of DASH's Cultivation artist development programme investigating accessible processes for learning Disabled artists and neurodivergent artists. 

This is a paid role, based on a total of 36 days work over a 3 year period from 2019 - 2021.

DASH is looking for a freelance evaluation professional with:
  • Knowledge and experience of arts evaluation design and delivery
  • Experience in handling both quantitative and qualitative research
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a range of artists and stakeholders
  • Commitment to ensuring that issues of diversity are identified and addressed in the evaluation process
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities
for more information click on the link below:
More Information

It's A Boy...And Another Boy!

DASH is delighted to tell you that Carrie Slawinska, the organisation's Administration and Communications Manager, has given birth to two beautiful boys, Roger and Victor.

The team is looking forward to meeting them for cuddles in the near future.
Roger and Victor Slawinska peacefully sleeping
Su Barber - DASH's new Administrator
David Harmon - DASH's new Communications Manager


While Carrie enjoys her well earned maternity break with husband Tom and the twins, DASH is pleased to welcome two new members of staff to take on the Administration and Communications roles for the organisation.

Su Barber – Administrator

Su Barber is making a welcome part-time return to the arts world, after a decade of supporting mothers and children locally, supporting parents with learning Disabilities with Restoring Motherhood and Cando Doulas.

“I used to be on the Board of DASH about 19 years ago in an advisory capacity working as Bridgnorth District Council’s Arts Development Officer," says Su, "then I moved to work at Belmont Arts Centre (now the The Hive) as Youth Music’s Action Zone Co-ordinator, so it really does feel like a big full circle.

It's great working with lots of people from the past still forging ahead in the arts and new people too with lots of exciting developments in the area. It’s going to be a great year!”

David Harmon -  Communications Manager

David worked for many years in Marketing and Communications for some of the biggest professional sports events in the world until redirecting his focus into the arts four years ago.

Since then David has worked primarily in dance with companies such as; Birmingham Royal Ballet, black led dance company ACE dance and music, Altered Skin, Dance Hub and most recently, Shane Shambhu, in shaping and implementing strategies for better Communications and Marketing.

"It's fantastic to be able to bring the experience I have gained over the years to an organisation that I can really shout about," David says, "the work DASH does is incredibly exciting and extraordinarily important and I look forward to letting the world know more about it through my own contribution to the company."

Participants in DASH's 'Free Medicine' project are mentored by artist Celia Houghton

'Free Medicine' Is Just The Tonic For Young Shropshire Artists 

In June 2018 DASH sent a call-out to young, Shropshire based Disabled artists for a new and exciting project. The call-out offered engagement in the visual arts through workshops and tailored support.

The response was overwhelming and resulted in 11 young artists aged from 15-21 forming an art collective that named itself 'Free Medicine'.

Throughout August 2018 the group attended a 4-week run of workshops at University Centre Shrewsbury, Participate Artspace and at The Hive - where they practised and developed a range of skills including illustration, acrylic painting, portraiture, landscapes, mixed media and printmaking.

For many of the participants these workshops were the first time they had the chance to explore different artistic mediums and to learn from professional creatives.

Working with artists based in and around Shropshire, the project will continue until April 2019.

As well as timetabled workshops, each member of the group receives ongoing guidance and meetings with DASH staff supporting them in working towards achieving their own goals as young creatives.
DASH always welcomes your feedback about its latest news and projects. Give us your thoughts via Facebook and Twitter - or feel free to email DASH.
DASH Twitter
DASH Facebook
DASH website
Email DASH

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list


This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
DASH · DASH · The Hive, 5 Belmont · Shrewsbury, England SY1 1TE · United Kingdom

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp