It just gets busier here at DASH this autumn! October's newsletter provides updates on both of our forthcoming Symposiums, plus details of The Incorrigibles and Grants for the Arts too...
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Awkward Bastards 2 –
Call for proposals, Radical Practices:

Image: Noemi Lakmaeir - You Are Welcome - photography by Joy Stanley and Thomas  Williams.

DASH's first Awkward Bastards symposium in March 2015 was one of the first to engage with the spectrum of diversity from disability, ethnicity, and sexuality, to gender and class.

Thanks to generous funding from ACE, Awkward Bastards returns in 2017 to consider the ways in which diverse artists and practices have been, are, or could be, framed and our collective responsibilities to our pasts and our futures.  

The two-day symposium will feature artists' presentations, keynote speeches, panel debates, a live portrait painting by Tanya Raabe-Webber, and a Radical Practices open mic session. Please see below for the call for proposals.

Confirmed contributors include Frances Morris (Tate Modern), Tony Heaton (Shape), Mohammed Ali (artist), Rachel Anderson (Idle Women), Daniel Oliver (artist), Simon Casson (Duckie), Sara Wajid (Royal Museums Greenwich), Sue Austin (artist), Nick Llewellyn & Cian Binchy (Access All Areas), Aaron Wright (Fierce Festival), Helga Henry (Birmingham Hippodrome), Sarah Watson & Thompson Hall (Creative Minds), Rachel Gadsden (artist), Gemma Marmalade (artist). 

Call for Proposals - Radical Practices:

AB2 is inviting proposals from artists, activists, academics and others to present 5 minute provocations for the Radical Practices open mic session at the symposium.  We particularly encourage proposals which speak to and reflect the spectrum of diversity in the UK including issues of race, disability, gender and gender fluidity, the experiences of refugees, Roma and other marginalised and displaced peoples, issues of class and privilege, old age, mental health and chronic illness.

Radical Practices provocations can take any form – a manifesto, a rant, a performance, an illustrated slide show. Ideally provocations will be accompanied by a representative image or series of images. Provocations must be no longer than 5 minutes.

We plan to present 10 provocations on March 23rd, selected by the AB2 organisers from proposals received.

Radical Practices provocateurs will receive a £40 honorarium, a complementary ticket to the symposium, and lunch.

To submit a proposal for Radical Practices please send an email to Mike Layward at DASH by Monday 19th December 2016.

Please put 'Radical Practices' in the subject line and include the following information:

  • your name 
  • your contact details 
  • a title 
  • a brief description of what your provocation will be about and why (maximum 150 words) 
  • how you propose to present your provocation (eg a rant) 
  • a representative low-res image 
  • a short biography

We will let you know if we are able to present your provocation by Monday 9th January at the latest.

Full programme details and booking information will be announced in November 2016. For more information on the return of Awkward Bastards, please visit the DASH website.

The Incorrigibles -
Perspectives on Disability Art in the 20th and 21st Centuries:

At DASH’s symposium ‘Awkward Bastards’ in the Spring of 2015, artist and CEO of Shape Arts, Tony Heaton posed the question “Is the Disability Arts movement a forgotten movement?”

In response to this, DASH created a new 84 page, full-colour book that aims to show that Disability arts is alive, well and demands recognition and a place within art history.

Edited by curator Adrian Plant and artist Tanya Raabe-Webber, the book features essays by Darren Henley, Tony Heaton, Amanda Cachia, Craig Ashley, and interviews with fourteen artists including Sue Austin, Jon Adams, Sean Burn, Rachel Gadsden, Bobby Baker and Christine Sun Kim.

“This book is a significant and fundamental point in the history of Disability art and culture. Recognising the history of Disabled artists, our position in the present and what it will be in the future. It will be the basis of our succession and place in the art world. The stories and artwork by these artists unites them and demonstrates the strong vibrant genre that is progressive and inspirational to an emerging Disability arts landscape.” -  Tanya Raabe Webber.

Copies of ‘The Incorrigibles’ can be pre-ordered for £10 (+£2.50 p&p) online at:

Join us to celebrate the publication of the book at one of the upcoming launches:

  • Monday 28th November 2016, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool as part of DADAFest, 6:30pm until 7:30pm
  • Tuesday 6th December 2016, Arts Admin, London, 6:00pm until 7:30pm
  • Thursday 8th December 2016, mac Birmingham, 6:00pm until 7:30pm

These events are free but please RSVP to

For the DADAFest event, you need to book online via:

(The retail price after 14/11/2016 is £12.99, although copies will be available for £10 at the launches.)

Beyond The Frame -
tickets now on sale:

A practical symposium bringing together Disabled artists and galleries to learn about the Tu Fewn project, network and shape future projects.

Join leading international Disabled artist Rachel Gadsden and CCQ editor Emma Geliot to discuss the importance of  diversity in the arts.

The symposium takes place at the Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff.

Tickets are now on sale and can be booked online at or  by calling 029 2063 6464. 

Successful applicants will receive a free entry ticket plus up to £25 towards their travel to the event. To receive an application form to apply for a bursary please email or call DASH on 01743 272939.

Contact DASH on the above details for further information. An event leaflet and symposium schedule can be downloaded on the DASH website.

A reminder, don't miss the
Grants for the Arts Roadshows:

Grants for the Arts workshops, available for Cultivate mentees, other Disabled Visual Artists and people who work with/support Disabled Visual Artists.

Session 1:

Monday 31st October, between 11am and 1pm at the Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury, SY1 1TE.

Session 2:

Monday 28th November, between 11am and 1pm at the Foundry ACEM, 82, Granville Street, Birmingham, B1 2LH.

These sessions will be a great opportunity to understand:

  • What the GFTA programme is
  • The application process
  • The criteria
  • The access fund

The experienced presenter is Kate Pryor-Williams from Arts Council Midlands.

The workshop will consist of a presentation with questions, followed by breakout groups where the process and any questions can be discussed in more detail. This is also an opportunity for peer support.

Please note: There will not be time at the workshops to discuss individual applications. DASH is offering limited (up to 2hours per applicant) telephone support to discuss individual GFTA applications by prior arrangement.

If you have specific questions that you would like the presenters to answer please send these in with your booking.

Booking your place:

Please email with your:

Name, which session Birmingham or Shrewsbury, any access requirements including parking, any questions.

There is limited blue badge parking at the Foundry. We are not able to reserve blue badge parking outside the Hive.

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