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A captioning unit displaying text in orange LED lights. The text reads: Captioning at The Pavilion Theatre is facilitated by Arts & Disability Ireland with funding from the Arts Council.

Arts Council’s Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Deadline

Posted: 25 April, 2017

In recent years, Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI) have been working with the Arts Council to develop accessible theatre performances and visual-arts exhibitions.

The Arts Council is committed to increasing opportunities for a greater diversity and expansion of audiences who may engage with the arts. As well as physical access, this includes those who may need assistance to hear or see an event.

In theatre, accessible performances might involve captioning for audiences who are deaf or hard of hearing, audio description for audiences who are blind or visually impaired, Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpreted performances for ISL users or aesthetically accessible performances. For more information, please see https://adiarts.ie/audiences/access-the-arts/

In visual arts, new lightweight, handheld devices can allow audience members to hear audio description of each artwork and curatorial visual artist descriptions. Discovery Pens can be of interest to your general audience and audiences with other types of disabilities. For more information, please see https://adiarts.ie/arts/audience-development/discovery-pens/

Applicants who wish to apply for an accessible tour must contact ADI in advance to discuss suitability, the potential costs and time involved at info@adiarts.ie or 01 8509002.

Note: you should also tick the box in section 1.4 of the application form.

Applicants who wish to develop an accessible tour may upload a supporting document explaining how your tour will be made accessible and outline the plans/discussions you have had with Arts & Disability Ireland.

Closing date 17:30, Thursday 04 May 2017

Applications are invited for proposals seeking funding in support of initiatives that are of high artistic quality and that generally have a strong audience focus. This scheme is designed to support the touring and dissemination of work in certain arts disciplines for tours starting between January 2018 and June 2018, and is open to applicants who are resident in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Tours may travel to both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

[Please note if you are an individual based in Northern Ireland you will need to contact the Arts Council to register, email regina.oshea@artscouncil.ie or telephone 01 6180260.]

The Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme is open to applications from organisations and individuals. Applications which demonstrate collaboration / partnership between networks, consortia or other collective groupings of presenters are encouraged, particularly where these indicate a high degree of engagement with audiences and collaboration with the producing entity or artists.

Applicants in receipt of other Arts Council funding are eligible to apply, provided it is clear that the touring or dissemination activity for which funding is sought is additional to those activities for which Arts Council funding has already been offered.

Tours must begin between January 2018 and June 2018


Artform and practice(s) Architecture, Arts participation, Circus, Dance, Film, Literature, Music, Street arts, Theatre, Touring, Traditional arts, Venues, Visual arts, YPCE
Telephone 01 61 80 200

Don't forget to tick the box!

Touch Tour materials laid out at Janet Mullarney's My Mind's i exhibition, which was funded by a Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme award.

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