DaDa - Disability and Deaf Arts 27.07.11

DaDa - Disability and Deaf Arts 27.07.11


27th July 2011


All the latest news and opportunities from

DaDa-Disability and Deaf Arts


1)           A Message from Ruth Gould

2)           DaDaFest International 2012 Save the Date

3)           DaDaFest Artists Proposals Open Call

4)           DaDaLive Films

5)           Be Part of DaDaLive

6)           Script Writing Workshop for Young People

7)           Disability and Deaf Arts News

8)           North West Deaf Arts Accessible Events

9)           Imperial War Museum North Object Handling Sessions

10)               Performers Wanted for LevelFive

11)               Free Deaf & Visual Awareness Training, Liverpool

12)               Tate Liverpool – Opening Doors

13)               Snails and Ketchup – Edinburgh Fringe Festival

14)               Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival 2011

15)               Arts Jobs and Opportunities

16)               Heart n Soul Vacancies

17)               Hatch Performance Work Commission

18)               Memoires: Disability Culture


Greetings and I hope you are able to spend some good time away over the summer period.  It is a time when we slow down and relax which is so important and sometimes it feels like it all too often evades us. 


I have just been in London with 'Leading Thru Change' a small network for those of us heading up Disability Arts Companies around England.  This gave me time out to stop and think about what is important for us and our work, especially in being able to look at some of the bigger issues that are affecting the lives of disabled people, particularly through the current economic downtimes.  It is so vital that we make sure our voices and opinions, fears and also opportunities can be expressed to ensure the arts remain a vehicle to articulate issues in continuing to bring social change and impact.

Ruth Gould
Chief Executive Officer , DaDa – Disability and Deaf Arts

DaDaFest International 2012 Save the Date


DaDaFest is the UK’s Disability and Deaf Arts festival, bringing artists from across the globe to Liverpool to showcase the best in Disability and Deaf Arts. DaDaFest International 2012 will be happening from 17th August – 2nd September. Find out more about the festival at


DaDaFest International 2012 Artists Proposals Open Call

DaDa welcomes proposals for DaDaFest International 2012 from artists and groups working within the disability and deaf arts sectors, and those whose work relates to the themes of the festival.

The DaDaFest artistic programming panel will be deciding which projects will be included in the official programme between September – November 2011 and will consider all proposals submitted prior to this. This decision will be based on the artistic merit of the work, how it fits with the festival themes, and the contribution it would make to the festival visitor experience. Please read the full guidelines here and send proposals by 16st August 2011 to:
[email protected] or by post (contact details can be found below).


Watch DaDaLive Films Online


Two fantastic films about DaDaLive are now available to watch on YouTube.

Making Of is a behind the scenes look at the making of The Road We Dream On theatre performance.

And you can watch a film of the performance itself, which happened at Tate Liverpool.


Be Part of DaDaLive
 Deadline for applications: Friday 12th August 2011

Would you like to be part of an exciting project and experience all aspects of live arts? Are you aged 13-19 and a Disabled or d/Deaf person? 

You will get to work with professional arts companies, performers and practitioners. DaDaLive members gain valuable experience in the arts, developing a wide variety of skills backstage and performing to create original productions. All the ideas for the workshops and productions are led by the young people and you can earn Arts Award accreditation too.

Sessions will be held in Liverpool on a weekday evening from September 2011 to March 2012 and all sessions will be free. We just ask for enthusiasm and commitment.

For more information and the application form visit email [email protected] or telephone 0151 707 1733. This information is available in other formats on request.


Script and Creative Writing Workshop for Young People


DaDa and FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) are running a one day workshop in script and creative writing for 13-19 year olds. Open to all levels of experience, young people taking part will have the chance to look at how film scripts are devised and develop their own ideas, facilitated by a professional writer.


The workshop will take place at FACT, Wood Street, Liverpool, date to be confirmed. Travel and any access support will be provided if required.


If you would like to take part in the project you will need to show us that you have a passion for writing.  Please complete application form available here and return to [email protected]  or Sam Wade, DaDa – Disability and Deaf Arts, the Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX.


If you have any questions regarding this process or require the information in a different format please contact Sam Wade at the above email address, or call 0151 703 2258.


Disability and Deaf Arts News


North West Deaf Arts Accessible Events


Captioned Theatre,  BSL events, captioned films and community events across the North West
can be viewed on the Deaf Events North-West calendar


Imperial War Museum North Object Handling Sessions


TimeStack Handling Sessions*

Sunday to Friday at 12.30pm (also at 3.30pm during term time)

*Audio described at 3.30pm on Sunday 2nd October

*BSL Signed at 3.30pm on Sunday 4th December.


A great opportunity to get hands-on with objects from Imperial War Museum’s collection in these themed 20-minute object-handling sessions. Join a member of staff for an opportunity to discover the stories behind the artefacts. Visitors of all ages can get involved.


Visit the Accessible Tours and Activities page on the Imperial War Museum North website for more events or call 0161 836 4000


Performers Wanted for LevelFive

Abandon Normal Devices festival is excited to be working with artist Brody Condon on a commission of LevelFive.

Performers are invited to participate in a 2 day participatory performance, which will loosely follow the structure of early Large Group Awareness Training. This open-ended live role-playing environment will provide a space in which players are free to explore self-actualization issues with varying degrees of intensity, via a fabricated character- this is not a re-enactment.

Held at the Bluecoat, Liverpool in October 2011. Sign up on the website. Information regarding official sign up will arrive in August.


Free Deaf & Visual Awareness Training, Liverpool

Tuesday 6th September  2011. 9.30am – 4pm.


Two trainers, one Deaf, one visually impaired will provide trainees with an understanding of:

·        The importance of face to face communication with Deaf people.

·        The differences between Deaf and hearing culture.

·        Knowledge of how British Sign Language qualifications once gained could benefit any future involvement within the Deaf community.

·        Visual impairment and its effects, both psychological and functional.


The duration of each session is approximately 3 hours. To book contact:  [email protected]  Tel/textphone: 0151 259 5741. MSDP, Queens Drive, West Derby, Liverpool, L13 0DJ.


Tate Liverpool – Opening Doors


Opening Doors 2011 is a course aimed at professionals working in a range of settings: education, community, probation, health, social services and youth work. The course introduces participants to modern and contemporary art and empowers them to work in new ways with groups and individuals. This unique and renowned course offers quality training and development and will use Tate Liverpool’s forthcoming, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, exhibition as stimulus to explore themes around mental health, well being and creativity.

Contact a[email protected], Tel: 0151 702 7400. Fax: 0151 702 7401


Snails and Ketchup – Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Ramesh Meyyappan is bringing his new work Snails & Ketchup, to Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August 4th – 28th.

Inspired by Italo Calvino’s Baron in the Trees, this is the darkly comic tale of a dysfunctional, quirky family. Powerfully told through solo performer Ramesh Meyyappan’s storytelling, it uses imaginative physicality, an ingenious aerial set, aerial choreography, animation and live score, to poignantly unfold the life of a boy, from traumatic birth to a typical family dinner... Created with funding from the Unlimited programme, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.


Have a look at the film clip and find out more at


Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival 2011


Engaging the community with the Cultural Quarter, this month long event (October 2011) will celebrate the wealth of artistic talent within the Warrington region. Following on from the success of recent exhibitions such as (R)Evolution and Elbow Toe at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, the festival will highlight the growing support and interest in contemporary arts in and around Warrington from the performing and visual arts sector. 


Artists and performers are invited to submit proposals for the festival. Find out more and download the application form at, email [email protected] or telephone 01925 418 064.


Arts Jobs and Opportunities


Heart n Soul Vacancies

1 year Fixed Term Contract from September 2011 to assist
in delivering our ambitious communications plans.

1 year Fixed Term Contract from September 2011

Download the application pack here word doc/pdf



Hatch Performance Work Commission by d/Deaf and Disabled Artists

Deadline for submissions: 10am Saturday 6th August 2011


Hatch, the East Midlands leading performance platform, is offering a £500 commission for new performance work by d/Deaf or disabled artists or groups, responding to the theme of ‘Fresh’. The work will be presented in Leicester on Sunday 16 October as part of Hatch: Fresh – a one night only explosion of performance at Embrace Arts and The Y Theatre, featuring twelve different artists and groups including Action Hero, Frank Abbott and Alternative Bar Crawl.


There are also eight £250 commissions for new and existing performances by artists from any background and ability. For more information, visit or email [email protected]


Memoires: Disability Culture
Liberty Festival 2011:  Call for submissions
Deadline for submissions:  12 noon Monday 8th August 2011

Submissions of Disability Arts and Deaf Arts work, from 1950 to the present day, are invited for inclusion in a video piece to be screened as part of the 2011 Liberty Festival in the Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre on 3rd September.

Caglar Kimyoncu and Simon McKeown’s composite video work will present a playful whistle-stop retrospective of Disability and Deaf Arts over the last sixty years and their contribution to London culture.  You can submit your own work, or archive images or documentation of Disability Arts work and events from the past. Please note that the video piece will not include sound.

To find out how to submit work, what information is required and in what format email 
[email protected] or visit




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