Live Screen @ The Herbert – Open Call

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Home For Waifs And Strays are working with DASH and The Herbert to produce an exciting new platform for artists:

Live Screen at the Herbert

We will be commissioning four artists who due to physical/mental impairment or disability find it difficult to leave their homes to each create a new piece of performance/live art. The commissioned pieces will be live streamed from the artists’ homes and projected onto a large screen at the Herbert Museum & Art Gallery in Coventry on March 16th 2018.

Each artist will receive mentoring from a mentor of their choice, who has experience working in the arts, mentoring, and working with disabled artists.

Each artist will also receive a fee of £1000 plus help towards accessibility costs and materials.

The Mentors

Craig Ashley

Craig is a curator and producer based in the West Midlands, and has recently taken up the post of director of New Art West Midlands. In his previous role as Visual Arts Producer at mac birmingham, Craig developed, implemented and oversaw delivery of the visual arts programme following completion of the arts centre’s £15m redevelopment. Collaborating with curators from the region and beyond, Craig has commissioned and produced a number of exhibitions for mac including Disrupted (2015), a group exhibition curated by Noëmi Lakmaier and co-commissioned with DASH (Disability Arts Shropshire), exploring awkwardness and notions of disaffection and alienation in familiar civic spaces. As a curator, Craig works closely with artists on exhibitions, residencies and publications. Notable projects include Vered Lahav’s The Garden (2013), pondering migration and the notion of homeland, and Qasim RIza Shaheen’s The last known pose (2014), a retrospective featuring works exploring the gaze and the guise alongside new work co-commissioned with Cornerhouse in Manchester.

Mandy Fowler

Mandy is an experienced Independent Consultant and Curator, working with organisations and artists to develop, deliver and evaluate visual arts projects. She has developed the vision and models for visual arts projects for clients such as the Canal & River Trust, Historic England and internationally for the Library of Birmingham photography archive project Grain and has evaluated the impact of visual arts projects working with many national venues. Mandy is also a board member for the Welsh art gallery Oriel Davies.
She is currently working on curatorial projects with a number of artists including Tanya Raabe-Webber.
Mandy has an interest in artistic practice development and is an experienced mentor. Through mentoring Mandy has helped artists to develop their networks, consider opportunities available to them and look at their business models.
She has an academic background in contemporary art theory, museum studies and heritage and has a particular specialism in working with artists working with museum and heritage collections and contexts and within the public realm.
Mandy regularly works on a consultancy basis with DASH, assisting them to develop projects and evaluate their work.

Ben Fredericks

Ben is an independent artist and producer. As a producer he specialises in developing emerging artists; helping them to develop projects, fundraise, exhibit their work, raise their profile, and develop strategies for building a sustainable career.
Ben worked for Shape Arts, a disability-led arts charity, for over 9 years, leading top artist development programmes for disabled artists such as the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary and the Shape Open. He has worked on commissions and residencies with a wide range of artists, from sculptors to performance artists with a specialism in moving image. He developed the Ilham exhibition at the Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar in collaboration with the British Council where four UK based disabled artists were commissioned to produce new works for the exhibition he co-curated, which received over 10,000 visitors in the first week. He has also developed exhibitions, consulted on access and facilitated residencies for disabled artists for the likes of the Tate, Spike Island, and the Camden Art Centre.
As an artist his work is concerned with ethics and mainly uses moving image that is highly influenced by theatre. His new work explores interactive narrative through new Virtual Reality technologies.
Some of his work can be found on

Tanya Raabe-Webber

Tanya is a practising Visual Artist, specialising in contemporary painting, devising artworks, running workshop and residencies with Deaf and Disabled people nationally and internationally, exploring and challenging the notions of identity, a disabled self in a disabling world.
In 2010 Tanya was the Winner of Ability Media International Award-Visual Arts and in 2008 she won the DaDa International FestivalVisual Arts. But most recently, Tanya was shortlisted for National Diversity Awards; LifeTime Achievement Award.
Tanya gained a BA (HONS) in Graphic Design at Leeds Polytechnic, an MA in Communication Design at Manchester Metropolitan University as well as a PGCE in FE-Special Education .
Tanya has exhibited as a solo artist and in many group exhibitions nationally.


You must be over 18.

You may be anywhere on a spectrum of finding it difficult to leave the house sometimes to all of the time.

We have spoken to artists who would like to apply for residencies, platforms, etc, but are wary to do so in case they are unable to attend on the day because their disability is unpredictable. If this sounds like you then you are eligible too.

This opportunity is not open to students.


If you would like to apply for this opportunity please send;

• your proposal
• website link if applicable
• some images or video of your previous work

to by midnight on 10th December 2017.

In your proposal let us know;

• Name
• Email
• Phone Number
• Address
• What performance you are proposing (no more than 500 words)
• A bit about your practice (no more than 250 words)
• Why this would be a good opportunity for you (no more than 250 words)
•  State your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices for mentor

This opportunity is for Midlands based artists only.

Proposals can be sent as written documents, video, or audio files. If you need any assistance with your proposal contact or ring Aleks on 07825345906.

About the organisations:

Home For Waifs And Strays (HFWAS) are a Live Art initiative based in Birmingham. They have
worked with emerging artists through open call platforms, commissions, workshops, mentoring
and critical discussion groups. They have also used live stream in two events to showcase
performance from artists in different countries directly into venues in Birmingham.

HFWAS ran ‘Homegrown’, a development project for emerging artists in the West Midlands in
2016. This ran for four months and supported six artists by providing mentoring, rehearsal space,
a tour of the work across four UK venues, workshops and financial support.

Home For Waifs And Strays (HFWAS)

DASH has been a Disability-led arts organisation since 1992. They have led many artist
development programs and worked with organisations to improve the way they facilitate the
needs of artists who have varying disabilities through training projects, symposiums, partnership
and consultation.


Herbert Art Gallery & Museum is managed by the Culture Coventry charitable trust. Culture
Coventry offers inspiring and welcoming activities where the diverse communities of Coventry can
explore and celebrate culture and identity. Building sustainable and authentic relationships with
their audience and the people they work with. Through a vibrant, innovative programme they
create and host lively events which enrich the experience of visitors. They aim to stimulate
curiosity, and provide playful learning opportunities throughout everything they do.

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

This project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and with the help and generosity of DASH Arts and The Herbert Museum and Art Gallery.

For more info about Arts Council please click here – Arts Council England