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Welcome to the July edition of the DASH newsletter.

Find out how we have been helping artists over the past few months. Learn how you can benefit from Access Support to grant funding, discover an opportunity for early-career artists and there's an exciting date for your diary. 

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


Over the last few months DASH has been working hard creating an online Art History course aimed at young Disabled and Neurodiverse, artists aged between 16-30.  

The course is now underway, aiming to offer an accessible and high quality alternative to formal courses in Art History at an introductory level. Participants are learning about key art periods before going onto explore them further through a weekly art challenge. DASH hopes to inspire early stage artists to explore a variety of themes through their arts practice throughout the 12 week course.

To find out more about the course visit the Projects page on the DASH website.

Square illustration of a cropped red face with two large blue eyes. Where the nose and mouth would be , there is a pair of cupped hands in yellow. The hands cradle a baby crawling. Beneath are the words Please don't treat me like a child ... You're stopping me from growing
Image Credit, H from Wolverhampton

"This piece is about my own personal experiences with people feeling they have to “look after” me. It usually comes from kindness but often causes harm.
I am 25 and being autistic to me means everyday is a struggle to feel independent and I strive to feel like a successful adult.
I know it may look like I need help when I struggle, but please ask me before assuming, it would mean a lot."

DASH would like to thank Tesco Bags of Help for their contribution to the Art Influencers project; benefiting young artists.


DASH has been able to continue to support young Disabled artists during the pandemic by providing art materials to the participants of the Free Medicine project.

This has ensured that these budding young artists have been able to continue creating and enjoying art as well as help ease some of the stress of lockdown. One such artist is Ben. Here he is with some of the work he's made since receiving his art pack.

Young artist, Ben is smiling at the camera as he hold up his painting of a clown. The clown has green hair, a green shirt and a red jacket. His face is painted with the traditional mask of a clown.

Arts Council National Lottery project grants will be reopening on 22 July.

Details of how to apply can be found on the Arts Council website and Supplementary notes are provided. Disabled artists will also be able to apply for Access Support.

DASH has 6 experienced support workers that can assist you with your application.
ACE have temporary equality objectives which includes Disabled artists.
Our ACE relationship manager Bryony Windsor is offering to run a webinar. Can you tell us:

  • Are you interested?
  • Any access requirements?
Please contact to let us know

Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021 is a major award for five early-career UK-based artists and makers to develop and present ambitious new works.

The award offers a supported, high-profile national platform for artists and makers who are between one and ten years of beginning their professional artistic practice to take risks at a pivotal moment in their careers. It seeks to raise the profile and visibility of making processes within the visual arts and create a space for critical dialogue between the craft and visual arts sectors. 

Open to individuals, collaborations and collectives, they invite proposals for bold new work(s) using all forms of making and material experimentation.  For full details visit the Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open.

Application guidance is also detailed on the website.

Application is free, and the deadline is 5pm, Wednesday 26 August.

DASH Artist Mentee, Chisato Minamimura will be presenting a special screening of her work on 6 August. Make sure the date is in your diary...

“Scored in Silence” Digital Season 2020 For the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings on Japan, London-based deaf Japanese artist Chisato Minamimura presents a special 24-hour film screening of an extract of her solo digital sign language theatre performance “Scored in Silence”, which premiered in the British Council Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 showcase.

The work unpacks the hidden perspectives of deaf people from the handful that survived the horrors of the atomic bomb atrocity in Japan in 1945.

On 6 August, 1945, an American B-29 bomber dropped the world’s first atomic bomb over Hiroshima. Three days later an atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Both cities were destroyed and between 120,000 and 155,000 people were killed instantly with a total of 317,000 killed directly or indirectly by the bomb's effects.

Watch on Youtube on Thursday 6 August for 24 hours only, from 8:15am Japan time/12:15am UK time when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, to mark Hiroshima Day.
A woman in a white dress and lit by blue lighting stands against a black background. Two giant holographic like hands on either side appear to grasp for the figure.
  Image Credit: Mark Pickthall
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