About our organisation

DASH – Cultivating spaces for extraordinary artists.

DASH is a Disability Visual Arts organisation whose mission is to develop Disability Arts practice. It creates opportunities for Disabled artists to develop their creative practice. These opportunities take many forms, from high quality commissions to community based workshops, the work it creates is centred around its vision and mission. DASH’s vision is a society in which Disability Art is core and equally valued in the arts sector.

With a history of work including visual arts, dance, theatre, live arts and festivals in Shropshire since the mid 1990’s, DASH became a limited company and registered charity in 2001 and in 2004 secured revenue funding from Arts Council England. In 2009 DASH took the decision to specialise its work in visual arts, while expanding its geographical boundaries.

During the last ten years DASH has undertaken truly ground-breaking work – projects that have challenged perceptions, fostered and mentored new Deaf and Disabled artists, encouraged professional development and helped to engineer change in the sector.

Talent Development

DASH works with artists, audiences, communities and organisations to challenge inequality and implement change. We support the development of disabled people and artists through:
• Our Curatorial Commissions programme. Creating opportunities and funding for disabled curators in galleries. Visit our blog page for updates on the curatorial residents.
• Our young persons’ art programme ‘Free Medicine’ which enables Disabled young people in Shropshire to participate in accessible and inclusive workshops.
• An artist profile to promote self-defined Disabled visual artists on our Artists page. From emerging to established artists, we offer support through mentoring, project management and commissioning new work.
• Training workshops to educate organisations and individuals in the barriers to access for Disabled people. Please contact Paula Dower, Operations Director at paula@dasharts.org to discuss your training requirements.

Artistic Programme

Our artistic programme is centred around challenging Disability inequality and implementing change by supporting and promoting Disabled artists.
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