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Creative Connections: Arts and Disability Conversation and Showcase

  • Audio Description
  • ISL Interpreted
  • Speech to Text
  • Loop System

A gathering of the most innovative and thought-provoking artists, thinkers and advocates in arts and disability

Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th January 2016
Town Hall Theatre and Black Box, Galway

Creative Connections offered an unprecedented opportunity to explore issues and share ideas around arts and disability.

Leading thinkers in the arts sector from across Ireland and the globe explored arts practice, professional development, support, programming, access to the arts, leadership, advocacy and policy.

International Artists and Speakers
Jess Thom: Writer, artist, part time superhero and co-founder of Touretteshero
Betty Siegel: Director of VSA and Accessibility at John F Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Washington D.C.
Emma Bennison: CEO of Arts Access Australia, musician and advocate for the rights of people with disabilities
Hannah Goodwin: Manager of Accessibility at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Ana Rita Barata: Choreographer and Artistic Director of Vo’Arte Association in Portugal

The conference included:
Aideen Barry (Ignite Mayo), Jez Colborne (Ignite Galway), Bairbre-Ann Harkin (Butler Gallery), Heather Maitland (Arts Marketing), Emily Mark-FitzGerald (UCD), Simon McKeown (Ignite Cork), Jonathan Meth (Crossing the Line),  Mary Nugent (Croi Glan), Jo Verrent (Unlimited), Willie White (Dublin Theatre Festival) and many more…

Creative Connections also featured a showcase and after party, with performances from critically acclaimed Irish and international artists. Topped off by a night at the hugely successful Club Tropicana, produced by That’s Life from Galway.

Download Creative Connections Full Programme here

Speech 2 Text at Creative Connections Conference Galway 2016. Photo: REG GORDON

Access for Creative Connections was provided by Speech to text and ISL interpretation. Photo: Reg Gordon

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Electric Dreams performing at Creative Connections conference 2016 Photo: reg Gordon

Electric Dreams performing at Creative Connections conference 2016 Photo: reg Gordon