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Arts and Disability Connect – Funding Scheme for Artists


Arts and Disability Connect is an annual funding scheme for artists with disabilities.

The 2017 scheme is now closed. Details of the 2018 Arts and Disability Connect will be announced in Spring 2018

Arts and Disability Connect scheme is open to artists with disabilities working in eleven artforms and is designed to support artists with disabilities to make new and ambitious work. It 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 and training.

Read more about Arts and Disability Connect 2017 awarded artists.

Funded by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and managed by Arts & Disability Ireland, Arts and Disability Connect continues to be tailored closely to the needs of artists living in the Republic of Ireland in a way that complements other funding opportunities available.

Arts and Disability Connect has three funding strands:
Arts and Disability Connect New Work
2 awards of up to €8,000 each
For more established artists with a strong track record in their professional practice who wish to work with artists and arts partners to develop new work and present in established arts organisations, venues, and festivals etc.

Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring
5 awards of up to €2,000 each
For artists at all stages of career development including emerging artists who wish to engage in mentoring opportunities. What is Mentoring?

Arts and Disability Connect Training
3 awards of up to €1,000 each
For artists at all stages of career development, including emerging artists, who wish to engage in professional development and other learning opportunities.

Application process and deadline:
All application forms, guidelines and information documents can be downloaded below.

Information Clinics:
ADI runs Information Clinics around the country to assist artists with the application process. In 2017, we held 8 clinics in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick and Leitrim.

The 2017 Arts and Disability Connect scheme is now closed. Details of the 2018 scheme will be announced in Spring 2018

Please note: applicants may submit an application for only one strand of ADC i.e. you must choose to apply either for Arts and Disability Connect New Work or Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring or Arts and Disability Connect Training.

Further information:
Contact Arts & Disability Ireland at 01 850 9002 or email info@adiarts.ie

Tá leaganacha Gaeilge de na foirmeacha iarratais agus treoirlínte ar fáil ach iad a iarraidh.

About Arts and Disability Connect Scheme 2017

Arts and Disability Connect New Work Guidelines 2017

Arts and Disability Connect New Work Application Form 2017

Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring Guidelines 2017

Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring Application Form 2017

What is Mentoring?

Arts and Disability Connect Training Guidelines 2017

Arts and Disability Connect Training Application Form 2017

Details of Arts and Disability Connect 2018 will be announced in Spring 2018.

Glenade, Ruth Le Gear. Ruth was awarded a Studio Award in 2011

Ruth Le Gear,’Glenade’ 2015. Ruth was awarded an Arts and Disability Connect New Work Award in 2015


Previous Awardees

Brian McSweeney

Brian McSweeney received an Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring award in 2016

Brian will work with choreographer Deirdre Grant.

Damien O’Connor

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

Eoin O’Malley

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 Tobii eye tracking technology to support his art practice.

Eoin O'Malley received an Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring award in 2016

Eoin will work with visual artist Paul Bokslag.

Jen Grangel

Jen Grangel received an Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring award in 2016

Jen will work with visual artist Aideen Barry.

Mary Duffy

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

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

Roderick Ford received an Arts and Disability Connect New Work award in 2016

Roderick, a Dublin based writer, will develop a new script called ‘Ob Gob’ with support from dramaturg and director Sophie Motley, Project Arts Centre and Rough Magic Theatre Company.

Roderick Ford received an Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring award in 2015

Roderick will be mentored by Director of Willfredd Theatre Sophie Motley. Roderick plans to develop his first theatre script with Sophie’s dramaturgical support.

Danny Aherne

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

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

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

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

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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

Biographical Sketch
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).

www.ruthlegear.com

 

Conor Madden

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

Darragh O'Callaghan received an Arts and Disability Connect New Work award in 2014

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

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

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

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

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.

Áine Stapleton

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

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

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

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

Mairéad Folan received an Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring award in 2017

Mairéad Folan, a Galway based theatre director and Director of NoRopes Theatre Company, will be mentored by producer Niamh Ní Chonchubhair. Mairéad and Niamh’s focus will be to examine the role of creative theatre producer and how that can inform Mairéad’s artistic practice as a director.

Nickie Hayden

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

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

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.

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

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.

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