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Welcome to the August newsletter. Its a busy month as we launch our Aviva Community Fund campaign and the deadline approaches for DASH online Protest Art exhibition. There is artist commission news from Unlimited and we say a big thank you to Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Read on to find out more.


In June DASH received the email ‘You’re in!’ Which meant that our application to be a part of the Aviva Community Fund was successful.

We are really excited to be part of the Aviva Community Fund. Their support has inspired us to reach out to our community and we are offering a range of rewards, in this fantastic opportunity to own and enjoy work by our talented and generous artists.

The page is now LIVE and DASH is hoping to reach a target of £2000 in order to continue the mentoring support of Disabled artists; helping them apply for vital funding, access opportunities and commissions, as well as continue the development of their working practice in the post-lockdown world.

DASH: Supporting Disabled Artists During Covid-19

Please take a look, donate if you can and most importantly share with your friends, family and contacts. The more we can shout it from the rooftops, the better! 

A painting of an older woman wearing a red jumper and white scarf around her head leans forward to kiss her white cat. The cats long whiskers are mirrored in the womans hair that pokes from her headscarf, her eyebrows and eyelashes. In the background are long grasses and flowers as if in a meadow..
Tanya Raabe-Webber - Love in a Connection

The deadline is fast approaching for the DASH online Protest Art Exhibition. We've had some great submissions so far and if you have work to submit there is still time. You'll need to be quick though, as the deadline is 1 September. 

As the world looks towards life after covid-19 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!

Please email your submission to 

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Unlimited has over half a million pounds available for Main CommissionsResearch and Development awards and Emerging Artists awards, thanks to Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales and Creative Scotland. They have also joined up with eleven partners for their Partner Awards, which are linked to specific geographic areas, types of audiences and specific practices: ArtsadminBagri FoundationCoventry 2021Farnham MaltingsMuseum of the HomeSage GatesheadSouthbank CentrePentabusPolka TheatreThe Art HouseWellcome Collection.

Unlimited are pleased to be hosting specific information sessions for disabled artists from communities that they feel have been underrepresented amongst their awardees.

For details of the opportunity for trans, non-binary, visually impaired and learning disabled artists to find out more about Unlimited Commission awards please see the link below:

Unlimited Online Artist Focus Sessions.

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We are pleased to announce that DASH has received an emergency grant from Paul Hamlyn Foundation in response to the pandemic and the effect that Covid-19 has had on both the organisation and the many Disabled artists DASH are supporting.

DASH wishes to thank the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for their generous emergency grant and is delighted that the foundation recognises and values not just the work of DASH, but that of the artists that benefit from it.

DASH looks forward to continuing to support to Disabled Artists in the coming months, responding to new ways of living and working and the challenges it brings.
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