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Welcome to the November edition of the DASH Newsletter.

This month we celebrate news of funding from Garfield Weston as well as a pledge from Visability Film Festival to donate 50% of profits made at the 2021 festival to DASH. We are also excited to announce that we are now part of the Plus Tate network! 

We've news of a discount to DASH artist submissions to the Visability Film Festival and there is a chance to get hold of The Incorrigibles: Perspectives on Disability Visual Arts in the 20th & 21st Centuries for just £10 this week.


DASH Receives Garfield Weston Grant Funding

DASH is pleased to announce that it has received £30,000 Grant funding from Garfield Weston ensuring the continued work supporting Disabled visual artists, nationwide. Read more in our blog.

 DASH Joins Plus Tate Network

Anna Berry Exhibition - Art and Social Change: The Disability Arts Movement

We are excited to announce that DASH are one of thirteen Visual Arts organisations to join the Plus Tate Network, with focus on Community, innovation and Internationalism.

Mike Layward, Artistic Director DASH, said: 'To be invited to join the Plus Tate network is an important moment for DASH that recognises the work that we undertake supporting and commissioning the work of Disabled artists and the support that DASH gives to mainstream galleries to work with Disabled artists. We look forward to developing relationships that are mutually beneficial across the network that will allow us all to grow and diversify as organisations.’

The Plus Tate network is a major part of Tate’s national partnerships division which has moved to Liverpool, reaffirming a regional ambition and focus. This underlines Tate’s commitment to supporting a national visual arts infrastructure, and its understanding of the specific challenges facing the sector beyond London. As well as Plus Tate, the National partnerships team work with Tate Britain to facilitate the Turner Prize during the years it is held outside London, and coordinate the British Art Network. All four Tate sites are members of Plus Tate.

View the full Plus Tate Press Release.

DASH Black Friday Deal - The Incorrigibles just £10!
Get your copy of The Incorrigibles: Perspectives on Disability Visual Arts in the 20th and 21st Centuries at the discounted price of £10Shop Now

This book is not just about Disablity arts and culture, it is a book about artists being artists, it is about a celebration of difference, it is about the will to survive as artists, it is about humanity, it is about the fact that art unites us all as human beings and that Disability Art is here and now!

Offer ends 30th November.
Visability Film Festival to Donate 50% of Profits to DASH and 40% Discount on all DASH Artist Film Submissions.
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DASH are delighted to announce that Visability Film Festival will be donating 50% of profits raised from the 2021 festival in order to continue our work, further developing Disability Arts Practice.

Visability Film Festival said "We're absolutely delighted to be working with DASH. Their status as a Disabled led organisation gives us total confidence that our money will be proactively used, supporting Disability Arts Practise in exciting and varied ways"​​​​​​​

Ever on the lookout for filmmakers that have unique voices and daring styles, Visability Film Festival accept short films, feature lengths and scripts of any form, genre or length, from filmmakers of any background. But are especially interested in films from lesser-heard voices, as well as those that take stylistic risks.

For any DASH Artists or Blog readers thinking of submitting work, they can take advantage of a fantastic 40% discount, using the code DASH40

Find out more about the Visability Film Festival and how to submit your work on the DASH Blog

We are Visible, We are Invisible
A black and white portrait photograph of Mike Layward. He faces the camera and is smiling. He wears a dark coloured cap and frameless glasses. Around his neck he wears a striped woollen scarf.

As part of UK Disability History Month, the University of Wolverhampton is pleased to present a talk with Mike Layward, Artistic Director of DASH.

Taking place online on Wednesday 25 November 2020, 7pm - 8pm.

In this talk Mike will discuss the last 50 years of Disability Activism and Disability Art looking at:

  • The history of disability rights
  • Looking at the different models of disability
  • What is Disability Art
  • Briefly looking at some of the disabled artists
  • Neurodivergence
  • How's it looking now
For more information about this free event and to book your ticket visit Eventbrite.
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