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Arts and Disability Connect announcement for round two 2020

Posted: 17 December, 2020

Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland are delighted to announce the awarded artists of round two of the Arts and Disability Connect scheme 2020.

Arts and Disability Connect is a scheme designed to support artists with disabilities to engage in mentoring and training and to make ambitious new work.

2020 is the first time a second round of funding was made available through this Arts Council scheme managed by Arts & Disability Ireland. €38,275 has been awarded to 12 artists through New Work, Mentoring and Training awards.

“During a year that has been so challenging for artists, it is so exciting that artists with disabilities continue to have opportunities to train, be mentored and create new and innovative work for the coming year.”
Pádraig Naughton, Executive Director of Arts & Disability Ireland.

Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland are delighted to announce the 12 successful artists.

New Work awards give artists the resources and time to develop new and ambitious work. Artists work with an arts partner to support them to get this new work seen by audiences. This round 4 artists received New Work awards.

Anna Czarska is a filmmaker based in Kildare. In partnership with Sticky Tape Productions and with the support of Underground Cinema, Anna will develop and create a short film called Mildly Different. This will be screened at Underground Cinema Film Festival in winter 2021.

Ciara Chapman is a Cork based visual artist. In partnership with Cork Printmakers, Ciara will create a publication, exhibition and art trail during summer and autumn 2021 called My Chronic Pain Diary.

Darren Donohue is a theatre maker based in Kilkenny. In partnership with the Science Gallery, Darren will develop a new play which will be performed in July 2021. This work will explore the relationship between people with chronic illness and technology.

Trudie Gorman is a Dublin based writer. In partnership with Poetry Ireland and with the support of Axis: Ballymun, Trudie will develop a collection of poetry and curate an event in December 2021 featuring her work and the work of other poets with disabilities who are also from working class backgrounds.

Mentoring awards give artists the resources to develop a mentoring relationship with a more established arts professional. Over 6 months, artists work on an element of their practice with their mentor. This round 5 artists received Mentoring awards.

Brigid O’Dea is writer based in Dublin who will work with writer Patrick Freyne while she navigates moving away from the ‘person-centred’ column format to find a multi-faceted writing identity that reaches beyond writing about disability.

Doreena Jennings is a Carlow based writer who will work with poet Jessica Traynor as she shapes her first poetry collection and explores publication possibilities.

Emily Gillmor Murphy is a theatre maker based in Wicklow who will work with Dramaturg Pamela McQueen while she researches and incorporates site-specific immersive theatre into her practice. Emily will receive meeting space in-kind from Mermaid Arts Centre during her mentoring process.

Letizia Lopreiato is a Dublin based visual artist and writer who will work with The Darkroom Director Mella Travers while she develops a new body of work and explores using the Super 8 film format.

Niki Collier is a visual artist based in Dublin who will work with theatre maker Aisling Byrne and visual artist Liz Nilson while she develops her collaborative practice working with communities.

Training awards give artists the resources to learn skills through courses, workshops and masterclasses facilitated by arts organisations, artists and arts professionals. This round 3 artists received Training awards.

Allison McKay is a Dublin based theatre maker. Allison has created a tailor made training programme with Kathleen Warner Yeates to support her to adapt her practice and continue to create work.

Christian Wethered is a writer based in Dublin. Christian will avail of online training through The Limerick Writers’ Centre with writer Ciaran O’Driscoll.

Soirse Burns is Dublin based theatre maker. Soirse will work with dancer Emma O’Kane to develop her movement-driven practice and to build her confidence engaging professional dancers in her work.

For more information about the Arts and Disability Connect scheme see www.adiarts.ie/connect

Image credit: Mindfulness by Ciara Chapman, 2018.


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