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Group photograph in DanceHouse

Arts and Disability Connect Professional Development Day


ADI recently held an event for artists awarded under the Arts Council’s Arts and Disability Connect scheme.

We gathered representatives from the Arts Council and Local Authority Arts Offices, along with professionals from dance, theatre and visual arts organisations, to provide an opportunity for artists to network with experts who would not only assist them identify resources and supports to further develop their practice but also open up new curation and programming opportunities for their work.

On the day Sinéad O’Reilly, Head of Local Arts & Arts Participation at Arts Council and Lucina Russell, Arts Officer at Kildare County Council spoke about funding opportunities for artists at the Arts Council and through Local Authority Arts Offices.

Stephanie Dickenson freelance PR Consultant gave insights on how to be PR ready.

Maeve Mulrennan, Head of Visual Art at Galway Arts Centre and Kath Gorman, Artistic Curator at Cork Midsummer Festival spoke about what possible supports and resources venues and festivals may have for artists.

During the afternoon there were a series of round table conversations to give people a chance to talk with each other in smaller groups and network with people from the arts sector. To help us out with the conversations we had; Jenny Traynor Director of Dance Limerick, Paul Johnston Director of Dance Ireland, Niamh Ní Chonchubhair, Programme Manager at Axis Ballymun, Sheena Barrett Assistant Arts Officer at Dublin City Council and Curator of The LAB Gallery and the Arts & Disability Ireland team.

If you would like to read more about the Arts and Disability Connect scheme, click here

Attendees at the Arts and Disability Connect Professional Development Event, seen from outside DanceHouse. Photo by Louis Haugh.

A wonderful and informative day

Arts and Disability Connect awarded artist

Arts & Disability Ireland Executive Director Pádraig Naughton speaking at the Arts and Disability Connect Professional Development Event. Photo by Louis Haugh.

Fresh peppermint tea by Luncheonette. Photo by Louis Haugh. Photo by Louis Haugh.

Attendees at the Arts and Disability Connect Professional Development Event. A delicious vegetarian lunch was provided by Luncheonette. Photo by Louis Haugh.

Artists, speakers and facilitators at the Arts and Disability Connect Professional Development Event in DanceHouse, 20th September, 2017. Photo by Louis Haugh.

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