Arts and Disability Connect Scheme
Art and Disability Connect 2017
This scheme is now closed. Details of the 2018 Arts and Disability Connect will be announced in Spring 2018
Arts & Disability Ireland and the Arts Council announce details for the 2017 Arts and Disability Connect scheme, open to artists with disabilities working in eleven artforms.
This scheme 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.
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.
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.
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.
Details of Arts and Disability Connect 2018 will be announced in Spring 2018.
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
Eoin O'Malley received an Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring award in 2016
Eoin will work with visual artist Paul Bokslag.
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 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 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.