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Welcome to the June newsletter. It looks like we have a busy month ahead. The DASH Mentoring Support for Disabled artists continues to be a success and the brand new Art Influencers course commences this week. There is also a great opportunity for Artists to place their work under the 'Curators Eye' or to take part in the DASH exhibition of Protest Art later in the year. Read on for more information.

The Curators Eye

We now have all 3 artist/curators offering to cast their curatorial eyes over your work:

They will discuss with you the following areas:
  • Who you are as an artist
  • Why you make the work that you make
  • What is your art

Each curator will only be able to work with a small number of artists so please send in a short expression of interest (up to 150 words) saying why you would like to work with one of the curators and if you have a preference in which curator you would like to work with if possible.
Short audio or video submissions are fine (no more than 3 minutes)

Send to mike@dasharts.org
We will let you know if you have been successful by 22nd June.

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DASH Call Out for Submissions to Online Protest Art Exhibition

In the event of the pandemic and the subsequent lock-down many issues already faced by the disabled community have been highlighted and often worsened by the situation.

As the world looks towards life after covid19 what could be done to make a more inclusive and accessible society?

This is an opportunity to creatively comment on the short comings both before and during the pandemic. What needs to be addressed? What needs to change?

From slogans to banners; posters to placards; paintings, photographs and more - this is your opportunity to voice your opinion, wave your banner, climb onto that soapbox and make some noise!

The exhibition is open to anyone and images of your submissions can be sent via email to esther@dasharts.org​​​​​​.

Please note images of work may be used for DASH marketing purposes.

Deadline for submissions 1st September 2020

The Time Stealers Launch New Charity Single in Support of DASH
The Time Stealers perform on an outdoor stage covered by a green canopy protecting them from the sun. Three of the band are playing the guitar, one is playing an acoustic drum box. The lead singer holds the microphone stand in one hand and a percussion shaker in the other.

The Folk band, The Time Stealers have generously given their time, energy and creative talents to record a charity record to raise funds for both DASH and the Lighthouse - a womens refuge in Staffordshire. 

For further details visit of how to listen, download and donate visit the DASH Blog page

Art Influencers Course Commences

This new course created by DASH offers an accessible and high quality alternative to institutional/formal courses in art history at an introductory level. 

It aims to inspire early stage artists in exploring a variety of themes through their arts practise, including 12 weekly 'art challenges' throughout the course.

We hope to be able to share some updates and work from the course in coming weeks.

An Open Letter to UK Culture Ministers
Leading Disabled Artists and Cultural Leaders Send Open Letter to UK Culture Ministers Demanding Support for Disabled People in the Creative Industries.

Shropshire based arts organisations; DASH and ArtStudio01: Inclusive Artists Collective, believe we must stand together to make sure Disabled and Deaf voices are heard so we are visible not invisible in the arts and cultural landscape regionally and nationally going forward and beyond this global pandemic.​​​​​​​


Over 100 leading disabled artists and cultural leaders have today sent an open letter to The Secretary of State for Culture Oliver Dowden MP and devolved UK Culture Ministers, demanding safeguards to protect the future of disability arts in the UK as a consequence of Covid19.

The letter warns that the pandemic has magnified inequalities for disabled people working in the creative industries and that many are facing long term shielding, loss of income and invisibility in wider society.

To read more visit the Blog on the DASH website or follow #WeShallNotBeRemoved


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DASH Mentoring Offer Continues to Support Artists
DASH continues to provide Artist Mentoring Support covering everything from artist practice, networking, access issues and more. 

DASH is also delighted to have assisted eleven Disabled Artists from across the UK to secure emergency funding during the pandemic.
 
If you are a Disabled artist in need of support please get in touch with mike@dasharts.org.
We always welcome your feedback about our latest news and projects.
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