Arts and Disability Connect – Funding Scheme for Artists
Specifically targeted at individual artists with disabilities, Arts and Disability Connect includes New Work, Mentoring and Training awards.
The scheme offers artists the opportunity to: connect with other practitioners or venues; make a change in their practice; ‘step up’ in terms of scope and scale; reach new audiences and to engage in mentoring or training.
Arts and Disability Connect is funded by the Arts Council and managed by Arts & Disability Ireland.
The 2018 Arts and Disability Connect, a funding scheme for artists with disabilities has closed and successful applicants were announced in July. You can read more about the 2018 awardees here. To receive updates by email about next year’s awards, sign up for our newsletter mailout.
Contact Arts & Disability Ireland at 01 850 9002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tá leaganacha Gaeilge de na foirmeacha iarratais agus treoirlínte ar fáil ach iad a iarraidh.
Arts & Disability Ireland are looking forward to visiting Waterford, Sligo, Ennis, Dublin and Portlaoise to talk to artists with disabilities about this funding scheme.
Áine Stapleton received an Arts and Disability Connect New Work award in 2017
Áine will use the award to develop a new dance piece called ‘13 Lines’ in partnership with Dance Ireland and The James Joyce Centre in Dublin. ‘13 Lines’ which is a working title, will explore the life of Lucia Joyce between the 1920s and 1950s. Lucia, a professional dancer, was the daughter of Irish writer James Joyce. In the 1930’s she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and was institutionalised in psychiatric hospitals until her death in 1982.
Katie Moore received an Arts and Disability Connect New Work award in 2017
Katie Moore has been awarded a New Work award to create a new visual art installation in partnership with the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar. Katie uses textiles, scale and sound to create delicate and thought provoking installations. It is Katie’s hope that this new piece will acknowledge the infants and children discovered at the St Mary’s Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, Co. Galway.
Brid Heffernan received an Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring award in 2017
Brid Heffernan, a visual artist and member of the Cúig studios at Mayfield Arts Centre in Cork, will work with visual and textile artist Valentina Gambardella. Together they will explore Brid’s love of fashion and textiles towards making wearable art with a Lady Gaga wow factor.
Jim Rohan received an Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring award in 2017
Jim Rohan, an actor and member of Equinox Theatre Company in Kilkenny, will be mentored by dancer Cindy Cummings. As well as being an actor Jim is an avid GAA fan and supports Carrickshock GAA club at training and on the side lines at matches. Jim and Cindy will delve into the world of theatre, dance and GAA as Jim Rohan devises a new theatre piece with collaborator Gary Comerford called ‘The Waterboys: Jim and Gary have a double life’.
Mairéad Folan received an Arts and Disability Connect New Work award in 2018 and a Mentoring Award in 2017
Mairéad Folan has been awarded a New Work award to present WAKE at Town Hall Theatre, Galway – a retelling of the Little Mermaid, developed in conjunction with award-winning Young Adult Fiction author Deirdre Sullivan. Voicelessness is at the heart of the Little Mermaid and WAKE explores the unspoken, and the various forms in which we tell our stories.
Mairéad is a Galway theatre director. She holds an MA in Drama and Theatre Studies from NUIG, MLitt from NUIG which researched the development of Irish Language Theatre in the West of Ireland 2003-2013, a Diploma in Acting from London College of Music, trained with the Garvey School of Speech and Drama and Galway Youth Theatre. She founded NoRopes, whose aim is to challenge societal boundaries through the presentation of innovative and little-known dramatic works. Previous productions include The Open Couple by Dario Fo and Franca Rame and the Irish premiere of WASTED by Kate Tempest. She is currently touring her debut play Meet Luke around Galway and the tour will finish in Dublin in November. Mairéad was recently appointed onto the national Irish language theatre, Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe's Board of Directors.’
Through a mentoring award in 2017, Mairéad worked with producer Niamh Ní Chonchubhair. Mairéad and Niamh examined the role of creative theatre producer and how that can inform Mairéad’s artistic practice as a director.
Nickie Hayden received an Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring award in 2017
Nickie Hayden, a Dublin based visual artist will be mentored by Director of Mermaid Arts Centre Niamh O’Donnell. With support from Niamh, Nickie will begin to expand her practice to work collaboratively with people who have invisible disabilities through the Dyslexia Association of Ireland.
Elizabeth McCormack received an Arts and Disability Connect Training award in 2017
Elizabeth McCormack, a singer and performer with Electric Dreams based in Galway will avail of vocal training from vocal coach Michel Durham over one year.
Mary Hunt received an Arts and Disability Connect Training award in 2017
Mary Hunt, a writer based in Westmeath will attend a weekend long residential writing course facilitated by Yvonne Cullen on Inishbofin.
Eoin O’Malley received an Arts and Disability Connect Training award in 2017
Eoin O’Malley, a visual artist based in Wicklow, will train with Paul Bokslag, a tutor and facilitator at KCAT Art and Study Centre. They have developed a tailor made training programme for Eoin to learn printmaking techniques.
Eoin O'Malley received an Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring award in 2016
Eoin worked with visual artist Paul Bokslag.
Myra Denise Kavanagh
Myra Denise Kavanagh received an Arts and Disability Connect Training award in 2017
Myra Denise Kavanagh, a visual artist based in Cork will attend a hand-building ceramics course facilitated by Karen Morgan at Grennan Mill Crafts School
Tia Vellani received an Arts and Disability Connect Training award in 2017
Tia Vellani, a visual artist based in Kilkenny will work with painter Eamon Coleman on a series of specially devised workshops.
Brian McSweeney received an Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring award in 2016
Brian will work with choreographer Deirdre Grant.
Damien O'Connor received an Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring award in 2016
Damien will work with playwright Christian O’Reilly.
Damien received an Arts and Disability Connect Training award in 2015
Jen Grangel received an Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring award in 2016
Jen will work with visual artist Aideen Barry.
Mary Duffy received an Arts and Disability Connect New Work award in 2016
Mary will create a series of paintings called 'This Half-Way World' with support from painter Donald Teskey, The Mermaid Arts Centre and Dublin City Arts Office.
Paul Howell received an Arts and Disability Connect Training award in 2016
Paul will take part in printmaking workshops at Black Church Print Studios.
Roderick Ford is a poet and playwright. His work explores themes of otherness and othering, of voicelessness and estrangement. His work is populated by outsider figures and hybrids on the borderlines between worlds. He works in non-realistic modes.
He has won many shortlistings, commendations and prizes for his poetry, both in Ireland and the UK. Some of his poems have been set to music by composer Judith Ring. Two of his plays were given public readings in Paris, and two in Dublin.
Roderick Ford received an Arts and Disability Connect New Work award in 2016
Roderick, developed a new script called ‘Ob Gob’ with support from dramaturg and director Sarah Baxter, Project Arts Centre and Rough Magic Theatre Company.
Roderick Ford received an Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring award in 2015
Roderick was also the recipient of an Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring Award in 2015 and worked with Director of Willfredd Theatre Company, Sophie Motley to develop a theatre script with Sophie’s dramaturgical support.
Image: Liz McSkeane
Danny Aherne received an Arts and Disability Connect New Work award in 2015
Danny Ahern will use the award to develop a new piece of dance film with support from dance practitioner and Mary Wycherley and Dance Limerick. Danny is a member of Spoken Dance which is an integrated dance company based in Limerick and his practice encompasses, dance, visual art and dance film.
Danny received an Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring award in 2014
Danny will be mentored by Mary Wycherley, one of Ireland’s best known artists working in Dance Film.
James O’Connell received an Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring award in 2015.
James, a member of Speckled Egg Dance Company from Galway, will be mentored by dance practitioner Rachel Parry towards developing James’s choreography.
Mary Ryan received an Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring award in 2015.
Mary, a visual artist from Galway, will be mentored by Head of Visual Art at Galway Arts Centre, Maeve Mulrennan. They will select and develop one area of Mary’s current research, towards exhibition.
Niamh O’Doherty received an Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring award in 2015
Niamh, a visual artist from Mayo, will work together with Niamh O’Malley to critically reflect upon her artistic practice.
Róisín Power Hackett
Róisín Power Hackett received an Arts and Disability Connect Training award 2015
Ruth Le Gear
Ruth Le Gear was awarded an Arts and Disability Connect New Work Award in 2015 to develop a new body of work with support from Leitrim Sculpture Centre and The Model Sligo.
“...Le Gear's art practice is enchantingly intangible. She spoke of the “primal purity” of light and water and how her research is based both on empirical science and the more intuitive process of homeopathy, which works on the notion that the lower the concentration of a substance, the more potent it becomes.” James Merrigan, Visual Artists Ireland.
Ruth Le Gear was awarded the Arts & Disability Ireland and Fire Station Artists' Studios Studio Award in 2011
As a hybrid artist, Ruth Le Gear's practice mediates between nature, water remedy intervention, and environmental art. Her practice emerges from collaborations and fieldwork projects which examine the qualities of water and the memories held within. Le Gear works with various water bodies including Arctic icebergs, the Baltic Sea and Irish lakes and waterfalls. Her practice finds form in moving image, the still image, sound, and installation.
Group shows include; Et Si On S'etati Trompe at the Centre Cultural Irlandais Paris (2015) Contemporary Art at Tell in the University of St. Gallen Switzerland (2014), Eight Gallery Dublin (2014), Crystalline at the Millennium Court Arts Centre Portadown (2012) and Eva International Limerick (2008).
Residencies include; Land Arts of the American West and Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico (2016), The Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdańsk (2014), Leitrim Sculpture Centre (2013), Arctic Circle (2012), Fire Station Artists’ Studios Dublin (2011), Iceland (SIM, 2012/09), Cill Rialig, (2011), Tyrone Guthrie (2010), and Limerick City Gallery of Art (2008).
Conor Madden received an Arts and Disability Connect New Work award in 2014
Conor is a professional actor who has worked with major companies such as Pan Pan, ANU, Loose Canon, Rough Magic Theatre Company and The Abbey Theatre. He wrote and performed U-R-HAMLET, a one man show about an actor preparing to play Hamlet, in The Dublin Fringe Festival 2012 to critical acclaim. He has appeared in the RTE’s award winning series Love/Hate TV Series and RAW and most recently played Antonio in Twelfth Night by Wayne Jordan at the Abbey Theatre. Conor has been awarded an Arts and Disability Connect New Work Award to develop a new piece of writing called ‘Broke’ with the Abbey Theatre.
Darragh O'Callaghan received an Arts and Disability Connect New Work award in 2014
Darragh a visual artist and graduate of IADT, Dun Laoghaire and The Royal College of Art in London. Darragh’s practise focuses on the body as a site of action, working with photography, video, performance and more recently drawings. Darragh was awarded a Culture Ireland award in 2012 and has exhibited internationally in Australia, Japan and Norway and Czech Republic. Darragh has been awarded an Arts and Disability Connect New Work Award to develop a new body of work called ‘Interiors’ in collaboration with Cork Film Centre. Interiors will explore personal landscapes of isolation and anxiety that characterise living with mental health issues.
Mary Nugent received an Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring award in 2014
Mary is an established dancer with Croi Glan, an integrated dance company based in West Cork. She first performed professionally in 2008 with ‘On The Wall’ choreographed by David Bolger. She has also trained and performed with Adam Benjamin, Genevieve Mazin, Jess Curtis, Tim O’Donnell, Scott Wells, Jeff Wallace, Eric Kupers and Liz Roche. She has taught dance workshops with the Irish Wheelchair Association, Dublin Institute of Technology, KCat, and Open Arts, as well as InterAct and St Pauls Performing Arts School in Minneapolis. Mary has been awarded an Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring Award to work with trained ballet dancer, Dawn Mulloy and further develop her dance skills.
Niall Stokes received an Arts and Disability Connect Training award in 2014
Niall has been awarded an Arts and Disability Connect Training Award to train as a Jazz pianist. He has a background in music and is an accomplished guitar player.
Orla Burke received an Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring award in 2014
Orla has been awarded an Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring Award to work with writer and dramaturg, Kaite O’Reilly on developing a feature length performance script.
Sighile Hennessy received an Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring award in 2014
Sighile is a member of Equinox Theatre Company, an ensemble based company set up in 2009 by KCAT Art & Study Centre. She trained for four years on KCAT’s theatre performance course and has performed in The Memory Box, (The Making of) The Frogs after Aristophanes, The Lost Prince and Footballhead. Sighile has been awarded an Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring Award to work with Susie Lamb on developing movement within her practise.