Disabled Artists Given Opportunity To Cultivate Their Creative Talents!

Cultivate - Sowing the seeds in a pot

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Cultivate - Sowing the seeds in a pot
Cultivate – Sowing the seeds in a pot

Shropshire based disability arts organisation DASH, have launched a new initiative this Autumn. Cultivate, is a bold and unique mentoring programme for disabled artists in the West Midlands. Disabled visual artists are now encouraged to discover more information!

Cultivate is a three year programme, which will be delivered up until 2018. It’s primary aim is to support and aid the development of disabled artists, whether emerging or already established.

Those who are successful in receiving a mentoring placement as part of the project, can access up to six hours of one to one mentoring support from highly experienced and skilled mentors.

The mentoring time and expertise can be utilised to help artists with important skills and areas such as networking, artistic processes, communicating with galleries, selling work as a business – and more.

Cultivate - Plant Growing in Pot been watered
Cultivate – Plant Growing in Pot been watered

Cultivate launched officially on Monday 14 September and applications are now open for artists.

Cultivate - The rewards - picking the fruits
Cultivate – The rewards – picking the fruits

The application process has been made as easy as possible via an online form – and mentoring placements are to be awarded on a first come first served basis.

Alternative application methods are available if required. Speaking about the new project, Mike Layward of DASH says “Cultivate will help mentor twenty artists each year throughout it’s duration, meaning DASH can assist a further 60 disabled visual artists.” He added “DASH are really pleased to be delivering such a valuable project and I really do invite artists from cross the West Midlands to apply.”


For further information on the Cultivate project, please visit http://www.dasharts.org/projects/cultivate.html

Cultivate flyer
Cultivate flyer

Notes to editors

About Cultivate

  1. Cultivate is a visual arts programme designed to assist Disabled and Deaf visual across the Midlands.
  2. Cultivate is a development of previous one to one mentoring provided by DASH.
  3. Cultivate is funded by the Esmeé Fairbairn Foundation.

About DASH (Disability Arts in Shropshire)

  1. DASH is the UK’s leading rural Disability Arts organisation. It is the only
  2. Disability Arts organisation from the Midlands super-region to be included in the Arts Council England’s National Portfolio for 2015 – 18.
  3. DASH works in partnerships to raise the profile and credibility of Disability Arts and to widen opportunities for Disabled artists and audiences.
  4. DASH is based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
  5. You can follow DASH on Twitter @DASH_Arts and facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DASHDISABILITYARTS

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