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Announcing Arts and Disability Connect recipients 2016

Posted: 30 May, 2016

Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland announce Arts + Disability Connect recipients 2016

2016 is the third year of the scheme and the panel have awarded €25,000 to seven artists under its three strands : New Work, Mentoring and Training. Arts and Disability Connect is a scheme designed to support artists with disabilities to make new and ambitious work.

Visual artist Mary Duffy and playwright Roderick Ford have both received New Work awards. This year four Mentoring awards were received by: Brian McSweeney, Damien O’Connor, Eoin O’Malley and Jen Grangel. These artists work across visual arts, theatre and dance. Finally, a Training award was made to visual artist Paul Howell.

The ADC scheme is funded by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and managed by Arts & Disability Ireland. 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.

It has been created in response to the changing needs of the sector in the Republic of Ireland and in line with Arts Council commitments outlined in its “Arts and Disability Policy 2012 – 2016”. The scheme succeeds the Arts Council’s previous support to the all-island Arts and Disability Awards Ireland.

Read more about Arts + Disability Connect. We will be announcing details of the 2017 scheme in Spring 2017

Image of Morning Light by Mary Duffy, Oil on Canvas

It is an opportunity for these artists to realise their artistic ideas and learn through their practice.

Pádraig Naughton, Director, Arts & Disability Ireland

Still from 2014 ADC New Work recipient Conor Madden's one man show UR Hamlet

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