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Arts & Disability Ireland’s Executive Director Pádraig Naughton recently received a lifetime achievement award in arts and accessibility at the Kennedy Center’s Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®) Awards.

The Award for Excellence in Accessibility Leadership was presented during the 20th Annual Kennedy Center Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability Conference, August 1-5, 2022 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Created in 2004 to recognise a lifetime of achievement in arts and accessibility, LEAD Awards include awards for Emerging Leaders, Community Assets and Excellence in Accessibility Leadership.

The 2022 recipients for the Awards for Excellence in Accessibility Leadership were:

• Pádraig Naughton, Executive Director, Arts & Disability Ireland

• Kim Charlson, the Executive Director, Perkins Braille & Talking Book Library
• Lisa Carling, Director of Accessibility Programs, Theatre Development Fund (TDF)
• Sarah Corrin, Arts Grant Director, Raleigh Arts

With these awards, LEAD recognises and honours the work of colleagues in the field of arts, culture and disability. They remind us that it is possible to achieve positive sustained change by action and deed at the local, regional and national levels.

Pádraig has a long history working with the Kennedy Center, presenting at LEAD and was co-opted to the VSA Affiliate Council in 2013 and elected Chair in 2015. During his tenure, he guided this global network of Affiliates from 37 US states and 50 countries to transition to an open international membership of arts and disability organisations, which since 2019 has been managed by the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.

In 2015, Pádraig was awarded the VSA Affiliate Network Award for Dedication to Service, in honour of 10 year’s service to Arts & Disability Ireland (Irish VSA Affiliate).

It was also through his hard work and relationship building with the Kennedy Center, LEAD and VSA that the From Access to Inclusion: an arts and culture summit came about in 2021.

The Kennedy Center’s LEAD Awards recognise outstanding arts administrators and cultural arts organisations whose leadership and work furthers the field of accessibility. The goal in granting these awards is to increases awareness and focus on the importance of accessibility in artistic venues, cultural institutions and natural history settings.

Presented annually, the LEAD Conference brings experienced and new professionals together to explore practical methods for implementing accessibility in cultural environments. For information about registration and schedule please visit the LEAD Conference website and the Kennedy Center website.

As an integral part of the Kennedy Center’s Access/VSA International Network, the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) programme advances the full inclusion of people with disabilities in arts and culture. With a focus on expanding the breadth and scope of accessible programming. LEAD provides an opportunity for professionals in the field to develop best practice and resources, engage in conversations with colleagues and experts from around the world and learn practical methods for designing inclusive arts experiences for everyone.




The Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland announce the awarded artists for round one of the Arts and Disability Connect scheme 2022.

The Arts and Disability Connect scheme is designed to support artists with disabilities to be ambitious, to develop their practice and to connect with arts organisations and arts professionals in Ireland. €120,000 will be awarded to artists with disabilities through the scheme in 2022.

The Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland are delighted to announce that €62,000 has been awarded to 16 artists through New Work, Research and Development, Mentoring and Training awards in round one.

“Year on year, the Arts and Disability Connect scheme in funding the creativity of artists with disabilities, continues to push the boundaries ever further, contributing their unique perspectives to the cultural life of Ireland.” Pádraig Naughton, Executive Director of Arts & Disability Ireland.

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

Áine O’Hara is a Dublin-based visual artist and theatre-maker. In partnership with Dublin Fringe Festival, Áine will present a large scale socially engaged visual arts installation ‘Rest Rooms’ at Dublin Fringe Festival 2022.

Leah Moore is a film-maker from Dublin. In partnership with glór in Ennis, Leah will make a short film. ‘In the cards’ is a romantic comedy about two best friends parting ways which will be presented to audiences in May 2023.

Research and Development Award
Research and Development awards give artists time to think, research, reflect and critically engage with their practice. In this round, three artists received Research and Development awards.

Arnold Thomas Fanning is a writer from Cork. Arnold will take time to expand his creative writing practice. He will research and write a new long-form essay on themes of walking, creativity, well-being and mental health.

Eoin O’Malley is a visual artist from Wicklow. Eoin will use this time in the studio to research, develop themes and work on large scale paintings. He wants to work with videographer, Luke Brabazon and artist and writer, Clare Scott to document this research phase as he works towards seeking out future exhibition opportunities.

Tadhg Kinsella is a Dublin-based musician. Tadhg will take time to develop and research a series of different styles and approaches of composing music for live electronics and percussion; with the aim of challenging, discovering and normalising alternative possibilities for creating music.

Mentoring Award
Mentoring awards give artists the resources to develop a mentoring relationship with a more established arts professional. Artists work on an element of their practice with their mentor. In this round, seven artists received Mentoring awards.

Edward Griffith is a writer from Mayo. Edward will work with mentor Molly Twomey to develop his poetry practice around themes of nature, environmental concerns and personal exploration.

Em Ormonde is a theatre-maker and director from Dublin. Em will work with mentor Ultan Pringle to develop script writing and dramaturgical skills.
HK Ní Shioradáin is a composer from Dublin. HK will work with mentor Emer Landers to expand their practice as a composer, focusing on music technology and making connections in the industry.

Lane Shipsey Palmer is a film-maker and visual artist based in Cork. Lane will work with mentor Ángel Luis Gonzáles. The mentorship will focus on critiquing and refining a collection of linked photographs, connecting with curators and exploring exhibition opportunities.

Niamh Gibbons is a visual artist from Co Mayo. Working with mentor Lisa Crown, Niamh will focus on developing her professional arts practice.

Róisín deBúrca is a theatre-maker from Galway. Róisín will work with mentor Eileen Gibbons to further develop and edit a script ‘Love Knows No Limits’.

Roisin Ní Neachtain is a visual artist based in Kildare. Roisin will work with mentor Brian Maguire. The mentorship will focus on a series of critical conversations to focus and develop Roisin’s art practice.

Training Award
Training awards give artists the resources to learn skills through courses, workshops and masterclasses facilitated by arts organisations, artists and arts professionals. In this round, four artists received Training awards.

Carol Ahern is a visual artist from Limerick. Carol will attend training sessions with visual artist Sheila Richardson to focus on developing painting techniques.

Elena Horgan is a Cork-based visual artist. Elena will attend The Darkroom’s ‘The Art of Photography’ training facilitated by photographers Mella Travers and Mandy O’Neill.

John Moylan is a visual artist from Kilkenny. John will attend ROOTS training programme with Mairead Holohan at KCAT to expand his work with acrylics and pastels.

Martina Nolan is a Kilkenny-based visual artist. Martina will attend ROOTS training programme with Mairead Holohan at KCAT to further develop her use of acrylics and colour in her work.

Congratulations to all of the awarded artists!

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




SEED aims to get writers, artists, craftspeople, and others collaborating around common themes, and responding to each other’s work. The journal is now edited by Grace Wilentz and Róisín Power Hackett.

A typical edition might contain curated poems produced on plantable seed paper, interview excerpts rendered in risograph, a card with a QR code leading you to a digital video of a dancer, or a swatch of fabric from a craft circle’s collaborative weaving.

SEED: objects of wonder journal is open for submissions on the theme of: ‘Metamorphosis’.

The interpretations are endless: (r)evolutions, transformation, realignment, coming out, a meeting point, levelling up, rebirthing, resurfacing, becoming, etc.

Artists in all art forms are invited to submit. Send us your drawings, photographs, writings, film stills, songs, crafts, choreography, healing arts or anything creative of up to 6 pages / 6 images or 6 minutes to: info@seed-journal.ie

Please include a 50 word bio for yourself in the email.

Submissions open from: 1 – 31 July 2022.

Everyone is welcome to submit. We are interested in submissions from people of colour, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities.

Website: https://seed-journal.ie/

Easy to Read open call: https://seed-journal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Easy-Read-SEED-objects-of-wonder-journal-Open-Submissions-Issue-4.pdf




Casting call for Dancers for exciting new stage production for children

Today, The Ark, Dublin Dance Festival and Arts & Disability Ireland put out a call for dancers for a newly commissioned work. The piece will be created under the MOVE commission, a new partnership, between The Ark, Dublin Dance Festival and Arts & Disability Ireland, which set out to commission a choreographer who identifies as an artist with a disability to create a new dance production for children.

Acclaimed choreographer Marc Brew has been commissioned to create this work and now the team are seeking to audition as diverse a group of dancers as possible to collaborate on an exciting new stage production for children. The production will premiere at The Ark as part of Dublin Dance Festival 2023.

The criteria for application are broad and applications from performers with disabilities will be prioritised.

The team are looking for dancers that have experience in improvisation, have worked in contemporary dance or theatre and are exceptionally collaborative.

While they are keen to work with dancers making work in Ireland applicants do not have to be based in Dublin, and applications will be considered from the UK and the EU.
To apply, please send the following information to casting@ark.ie by Tuesday 21st June 2022, 6pm:

• Your CV (PDF or audio) and headshot
• Links to previous work or a showreel
• If you don’t have a showreel, we will also accept something self-recorded (of no more than 3 minutes long)

Please also send an access rider/statement with your application – this is a document outlining any access requirements you may have. This will not be reviewed as part of the application, instead it will be used to ensure we can support your access requirements for the audition process.

We will notify all applicants of the outcome of their application however we will not be able to provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates.

Key dates

  • Tuesday 21st June 2022, 6pm- Closing date for applications
  • Monday 27th June 2022- Invites to audition sent to successful applicants
  • Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st July- Auditions in Dublin (Please note: You must be available to be in Dublin on both of these days. If you live outside of Dublin please make it clear in your email that you will require accommodation.)
  • Saturday 10th – Monday 18th September- Development period in Dublin
  • April/May 2023- Rehearsal and production period in Dublin

MOVE DANCE COMMISSION

In 2022 The Ark, Dublin Dance Festival (DDF) and Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI) have joined in partnership to commission a choreographer who identifies as an artist with a disability to create a new dance production for children.

The production will be made in residency at The Ark and will subsequently premiere at The Ark during Dublin Dance Festival in 2023.

Through the MOVE commission, the partners seek to create a dynamic new work for young audiences, bringing diverse voices and perspectives to the project, while stimulating and growing accessibility in dance-making practice in Ireland.

About the Artist
Acclaimed International disabled choreographer, Artistic Director and dancer, Marc Brew trained as a professional dancer at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and The Australian Ballet School. He has been working in the UK and Internationally for over 20 years as a director, choreographer, dancer, teacher and speaker; with the Australian Ballet Company, State Theatre Ballet Company of South Africa, Infinity Dance Theatre, Candoco dance company and AXIS Dance Company. Marc was Associate Director with Scottish Dance Theatre, Associate Artistic Director with Ballet Cymru in Wales and was Associate Artist in 2015 at Tramway Theatre in Glasgow.

Since 2008 Marc has been dedicating time to his own choreography with Marc Brew Company and his recent choreographic commissions include San Francisco Ballet School, Dancing Wheels, Scottish Ballet, Ballet Cymru (Wales), YDance (Scotland), AXIS Dance Company (USA), Candoco Dance Company (UK), Touch Compass (NZ), Amy Seiwert’s Imagery (USA) and Scottish Dance Theatre (Scotland). Marc was presented with a Centenary Medal for Outstanding Contribution as a dancer and choreographer. His work Remember When was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Performance (individual) and his recent solo work For Now, I am… was listed in the Guardians Top 10 Dance Shows for 2016.

Marc is currently Artistic Director at AXIS Dance Company and Associate Artistic Director at Ballet Cymru.

About the Partners
The Ark
Established in 1995, The Ark is a dedicated cultural centre for children. We create opportunities for children, along with their families and friends or with their school, to discover and love art. We commission, produce and present work for, by and about children, from the ages of two to twelve years old. Child participation is at the heart of our practice and, through our Children’s Council, we have spearheaded a robust model of child participation in arts and culture for a diverse group of children who now inform all of the organisation’s artistic programming and decision making. We also curate specific professional development opportunities for teachers and artists, and work with other like-minded organisations to advance children’s rights to art and culture as part of their learning and development.

Dublin Dance Festival
Dublin Dance Festival brings artists, audiences and communities together to create and share exceptional dance experiences. We present live, digital and collaborative dance opportunities for the widest possible audience. We showcase the best Irish and international dance and act as a vital platform for artists and the creation of new work, culminating in an annual festival each May. Dublin Dance Festival generates opportunities for artists, locally, nationally, internationally and virtually, through residencies, commissions and partnerships and by encouraging artistic collaboration, experimentation, risk-taking and innovation in dance.

Arts & Disability Ireland
Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI) is the national development and resource organisation for arts and disability. We promote engagement with the arts at all levels – as professional artists, audience members and arts workers – for people of all ages with disabilities of all kinds. We work towards arts programmes and arts venues becoming fully accessible experiences for all audiences. We advocate for inclusive policy and practice which provides real access to all aspects of the arts for people with disabilities, and for everyone.




The Music Capital Scheme provides funding for the purchase of musical instruments to individual professional performing musicians and non-professional performing groups.

The scheme, which comprises three different awards, supports the purchase of musical instruments.

The three awards available are:

Music Capital Scheme – Award 1 supports the purchase of musical instruments by non-professional performing groups.

Music Capital Scheme – Award 2 supports the purchase of musical instruments by individual established professional performing musicians.

Music Capital Scheme – Award 3 supports the purchase of musical instruments by individual emerging professional performing musicians.

Applications will be accepted until 2pm, Thursday 21st April 2022. 

To read more about the Scheme, visit the Music Network website: 
https://www.musicnetwork.ie/instrument-hub/musiccapitalscheme.




A4 Sounds in partnership with Create: National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts and Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) invite applications from trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming artists for a four-month residency award as part of the We Only Want the Earth 2022 programme.

The residency will run from May to October 2022. The residency opportunity aims to support an artist based in Ireland to develop their arts practice.

Deadline: 5pm, Monday 11th April 2022.

A central aim of the We Only Want the Earth programme is to give material support and a platform to artists who are often ignored, or who are spoken about rather than listened to. As part of meeting this aim, this 6-month residency award will support a trans, nonbinary, and/or gender nonconforming artist to develop and exhibit a body of work, and will provide the selected artist with an opportunity to make contacts and identify resources that might help them to further develop their artistic practice.

Please note that the artist is free to work on any topic of their choosing; there is no requirement that the work deal with issues of gender identity.

Proposals must respond to the theme ‘We Only Want the Earth’.

We invite radical, risk taking, bold, mischievous, and political proposals. This is a visual arts award, but we welcome proposals from artists with multidisciplinary approaches where the proposed outcomes can be disseminated in visual ways.

We are keen to hear from artists who use a wide range of approaches to explore their ideas; including but not limited to: socially engaged, collaboration with communities, collaboration with artists, protest, organizing, writing, sound, conversation, food, performance, video, media, sculpture, research, installation and print.

To read more about the award and to make an application please visit website via this link:
https://a4sounds.org/we-only-want-the-earth-residency-1/




Announcing the Carlow Arts Festival and VISUAL Carlow Annual Open Submission and Art Award

For the last 43 years Carlow has been proud to host one of Ireland’s largest open submission visual art exhibitions and art prizes. Emerging in 1979 as part of the Eigse Carlow Arts Festival, ARTWORKS has, since 2009, been successfully co-produced by Carlow Arts Festival and VISUAL Carlow, and presented in the extraordinary galleries at VISUAL. It has a firm place in the arts calendar and continues to develop as one of the country’s most important cultural events.

The deadline for submissions is 31 March.

This year’s ARTWORKS Open Submission invites submissions by artists who are examining questions of communication, language, the body and the speculative. Titled after a short story by speculative fiction writer Octavia Butler, Speech Sounds invites submissions that consider communication under a speculative lens, investigating disabled, modified, fictional, historical and non-human subjects as sites of reimagining communication and language.

Artists are invited to submit existing work in any medium for selection. The 2022 exhibition Speech Sounds will be presented in the galleries at VISUAL from 9 June – 31 August 2022. ARTWORKS 2022 is open to visual art in all mediums and all artists selected will receive an artist’s fee. The deadline for submissions is 31 March.

Verbal, written, signing and digital communication is at the heart of creating shared visions of the world, our sense of self, community and how we relate to each other. Speculative fiction, a type of storytelling which depicts realities other than our own, often deploys unconventional forms of communication to show new ways of relating to human and non-human subjects.

These stories often utilise bodily difference, modification or disability as devices to test the limits of language, creating situations that expand and rip apart our understanding of the body and how it functions. Speech Sounds will build on these themes to explore how artists adopt the strategies of the speculative in how the body contains and transmits communication and language.

The Artworks 2022 selector panel is made up of representatives from VISUAL, Carlow Arts Festival, guest curator and external panellists. The exhibition is curated by Iarlaith Ni Fheorais and VISUAL Carlow and stems from Ni Fheorais’s Speech Sounds programme undertaken as Curator in Residence at VISUAL in 2021.

For more information visit Visual Carlow’s website




No Magic Pill – Casting Call

Are you an actor with a disability interested in making an impact on mainstream Irish theatre?

No Magic Pill, a stage play inspired by the life of wheelchair-user Martin Naughton will feature two actors with physical disabilities, so if you’re aged 18+, read on and submit your expression of interest by March 10.

Auditions will be held with Director Raymond Keane (award-winning director of national and international acclaim) and his team (writer/producer/project lead Christian O’Reilly, Disability Equality Dramaturg Peter Kearns and producer Mitzi D’Alton).

Martin Naughton left Spiddal for residential ‘special school’ in Dublin at the age of nine to be ‘cured’ of Muscular Dystrophy. He soon discovered there was no magic pill for disability and decided to change a disabling society instead. Teaming up with other disabled misfit activists, Martin – in essence Michael Collins in a wheelchair – was the driving force behind the War of Independence for disabled people in Ireland.

In casting actors with disabilities, the team want to challenge the traditional stereotype within Irish drama of depicting people with disabilities as either objects of pity or inspiration. No Magic Pill hopes to break new ground and bring a fresh conversation and disability aesthetic to Irish theatre.

This will be a high-profile professional production, so previous theatre experience will be required. That said, we are very open to candidates who believe they have performance ability.

Anyone who wishes to be considered should send their CV or a letter outlining their experience to date, including any brief disability equality drama thoughts, to nomagicpillplay@gmail.com.

Selected candidates will be invited to attend a workshop/audition on Wednesday, March 16 2022 at Carmichael House, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7.

The deadline for expressions of interest is Thursday, March 10.

Supported by the Arts Council and in partnership with major national disability organisations – Arts & Disability Ireland, the Disability Federation of Ireland, Independent Living Movement Ireland and the Irish Wheelchair Association – as well as Town Hall Theatre (Galway), The Civic (Tallaght), Dublin Theatre Festival, South Dublin County Council, Galway City Council and Galway County Council, No Magic Pill will be produced at Black Box (Galway) and The Civic (Tallaght) for Dublin Theatre Festival in Autumn of this year.




This funding scheme aims to maximise the resources for artistic engagement by people with disabilities.

Mayo County Council’s Arts Service is delighted to announce the re-launch of UPSTART, an initiative of Mayo County Council’s Arts Service which aims to:

  • Incentivise quality artistic collaborations between groups/ people with disabilities, artists, arts venues and organisations within County Mayo.
  • Support opportunities for people with disabilities to develop arts projects in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December.

Who can Apply?

  • Venues that have participated in Mayo County council’s Arts and Disability Programme. (Disability Equality Training, 2009, access audits, 2010.)
  • Artists that participated in our Disability Equality Training session, 2009.
  • Professional artists with disabilities.
  • Groups of people with disabilities interested in working with a particular artist and/or venue to develop a project. (The professional artist’s C.V would need to show evidence of experience of working with people with disabilities).

The deadline for applications is 5.p.m. on Wednesday 16 March 2022.

If you would like to attend an information session about the scheme on Wednesday 23 February at 10a.m. you can join at the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83864936129?pwd=clUvVzBwbC96UjdrMHdscTlKVW9MUT09

If you would like to apply to the scheme please download an application form, with information about the eligibility criteria, at this link: https://www.mayo.ie/arts/funding/upstart

For further information on the UPSTART programme, contact Damien O’Connor, Disability Arts coordinator, Mayo County Council, 094 906 4363, doconnor@mayococo.ie

About the Scheme:

Mayo County Council’s arts service has made a considerable commitment to the development of quality Arts and Disability activity in County Mayo through flagship projects and ongoing programmes.

Since 2010, through the UPSTART programme, the Arts Service has provided funding for 51 UPSTART projects employing 116 artists/facilitators working with 677 participants on 460 workshops leading to 59 presentations/performances to over 3,000 audience members. The collaborative projects in Mayo have led to a variety of extremely high-quality artistic outcomes including exhibitions, films, workshops, music, theatre and dance performances. For information on UPSTART projects to date, see website: www.mayo-upstart.ie

UPSTART is strategically funded by Mayo County Council in partnership with the Arts Council.




The Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland announce the awarded artists for round two of the Arts and Disability Connect scheme 2021.

The Arts and Disability Connect scheme is designed to support artists with disabilities to be ambitious, to develop their practice and to connect with arts organisations and arts professionals in Ireland. €116,000 was awarded to artists with disabilities through the scheme in 2021.

The Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland are delighted to announce that €60,000 has been awarded to 16 artists through New Work, Research and Development, Mentoring and Training awards in round two.

“Year on year, the Arts and Disability Connect scheme in funding the creativity of artists with disabilities, continues to push the boundaries ever further, contributing their unique perspectives to the cultural life of Ireland.”
Pádraig Naughton, Executive Director of Arts & Disability Ireland.

New Work Award

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

Ciara Chapman is a Cork-based visual artist and illustrator. In partnership with the Cork Opera House, Ciara will present a large scale ‘living mural’ at the side of the building. A story ‘following the white rabbit’ will unfold in three parts in September for Pain Awareness Month 2022 and Culture Night.

Brigid O’Dea is a writer based in Dublin. In partnership with Sirius Arts Centre, Brigid will create a series of texts including personal essay, poetry and experimental writing. These texts will explore language, tonality, place and address the question, ‘How does where we are impact what we write?’. A publication and series of events will be presented online towards the end of 2022.

Research & Development Award

Research and Development awards give artists time to think, research, reflect and critically engage with their practice. In this round, two artists received Research and Development awards.

Ali Clarke is a Wicklow-based choreographer, dance artist and producer. Ali will take time to dive deep into research for a new dance solo with support from Irish language consultant Ola Majekodunmi. The research will focus on the relationship between our native language and our sense of cultural and personal identity. Ali also hopes to use the award to identify funding support to bring this work to production.

Róisín Power Hackett is a curator, visual artist and writer based in Waterford. Róisín will research the expansion of an existing body of work ‘The Irish House: A Psychogeographical Map’ based on Power’s Drapery in Callan, Co. Kilkenny. With the support of aural historian Etaoin Holahan, Róisín will explore the development of a film and exhibition of found objects, stories and memories relating to the site.

Mentoring Award

Mentoring awards give artists the resources to develop a mentoring relationship with a more established arts professional. Artists work on an element of their practice with their mentor. In this round, five artists received Mentoring awards.

Anthony Cullen is a Dublin based visual artist. Anthony will work with mentor Léann Herlihy while developing a new performance work. It will focus on body, self, disability and vulnerability within systems.

Derbhile Dromey is a writer and theatre maker based in Waterford. Derbhile will work with mentor Angela Keogh while developing a script, ‘People Wipe Me’, towards production. The autobiographic show is a combination of stand-up comedy and confessional monologue.

Florin Nolan is a Cork-based visual artist. Florin will work with mentor John McHarg to expand their practice, supported by Cope Foundation. Through this mentoring process Florin will also develop relationships with Sirius Arts Centre and Crawford Art Gallery.

Holly Delaney is a visual artist based in Kildare. Holly will work with mentor Pauline Cummins while exploring the theme of mental states ranging from anguish to elation within their practice.

Mykolas (Michael) Gricka is a Wicklow-based musician. Mykolas will work with mentor Carole Nelson to develop their career pathways in the landscape of jazz, classical and traditional music in Ireland.

Training Award

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

Anna Duffy is a visual artist based in Dublin. Anna has created one-to-one workshops with Ailbhe O’Connor and drag model JMAC to learn how to create oil paintings from life drawing sketches.

Francis Conlon is a Galway-based visual artist. Francis will attend training sessions with Amy Brannigan to learn about working in a larger scale with oil paint and also with mixed media.

Jane Queally is a visual artist based in Galway City. Jane will attend a series of workshops at The Gallery of Photography with Dan Scully focusing on scanning, colour reproduction for Polaroid photographs and printing. Jane will also attend a cyanotype workshop with Tadhg O’Cuirrin at Engage Art Studios.

Linda Teehan is a Dublin-based theatre maker and poet. Linda will attend a series of one-to-one masterclasses with poets through the Irish Writers Centre to develop their poetry practice.

Lisa Dowling Scott is a screenwriter and theatre maker based in Dublin. Lisa will attend a series of screenwriting workshops by Flying Turtle Productions and avail of networking opportunities at Cork International Film Festival.

Ruairí O’Shea is a Dublin-based musician and producer. Ruairí will attend Irish traditional guitar lessons with John Sweeney at Waltons New School of Music to improve his technique and expand his professional performance opportunities.

Tara Carroll is a visual artist based in Kildare. Tara has created one-to-one workshops with James Horan to improve their stonework skills and learn how to work with marble.

Congratulations to all of the awarded artists!

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

Image: Devour by Ali Clarke and Ricardo Ambrozio in 2019 in Fafe, Portugal. Photo by José Luis Lorenço


A group of gamelan musicians sit playing their instruments, mostly with their backs to the camera, however one man looks around and smiles at the camera. On the floor is their instructor, playing the kendhang, a type of hand-played drum. The light in the performance area is very dark, in tones of red and blue, which emphasises the beautiful coppery tones of the gamelan instruments.



Would you be interested in joining a dynamic and innovative Arts program and have a career supporting people with intellectual disability to engage in the arts? This could be for you.

​That’s Life Arts Program for people with Intellectual Disability, Galway, is advertising for an Arts Facilitator & Course and Event Coordinator.

All potential applicants are most welcome to contact Claude Madec, Coordinator of That’s Life Arts Program at 086 809 0775 for informal inquiry.

For full details and job spec, see
https://www.irishjobs.ie/Jobs/Arts-Facilitator-Course-and-Event-8719467.aspx

Closing Date for receipt of completed application Forms and CVS online is 5pm, Wednesday 19th January 2022.

Interview for this post will take place via MS Teams on Monday 31st January 2022.

The Brothers of Charity Services Ireland West Region is an equal opportunities employer.

https://www.thatslife.ie/




Celebrate a successful year with Arts & Disability Ireland with some festive artwork by Ruth Le Gear.

2021 marked the eighth year of Arts and Disability Connect (ADC), a funding scheme for individual artists with disabilities funded by the Arts Council and managed by Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI).

To acknowledge new developments in the scheme including increased funding from the Arts Council, a new Research and Development award, and a second funding round; along with other notable achievements of ADI throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided to celebrate by showcasing work from a previous ADC award recipient Ruth Le Gear called Of Ice and Light.

May we take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support in working with us to make the arts and cultural environment more inclusive and accessible for everyone!

Wishing you and yours the peace and happiness of the season,
Pádraig, Ramona, Amie, Síle and Aoife.

Commission: Of Ice and Light 

Of Ice and Light by Ruth Le Gear is a piece commissioned by Arts & Disability Ireland (2021). It is forming as part of a large body of work. A circle is visible in black space, as though particles are drifting through deep water. In the background, the sound of icebergs melting echoes.

A note from the artist:

“In 2012 I traveled to the Arctic and collected iceberg fragments, waters, film footage, and sounds of icebergs melting. I am now taking the time to revisit this work through another lens, with the tincture of time. The sounds in this work are that of icebergs melting underwater, this ancient air dissipating out into the water carrying all the codes of wisdom to us, reminding us we are not alone. We have forgotten our origins and the connection to this realm. Of cosmic and intimate proportions.”

View the artwork in full here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CphGm2Abtoc

Discover more of Ruth’s work on her website or on Instagram @ruthlegear

Video description: Of Ice and Light by Ruth Le Gear

Of Ice and Light is a moving image work, its duration is 3 minutes 56 seconds.

It starts briefly with a black screen. Hundreds, if not thousands of tiny spherical fragments of light appear. They begin at the centre point of the screen drifting through darkness, outwards and towards us to create a large globe. We view this as we might view the universe and space. The fragments drift towards us as if pulled by gravity. They appear perfectly formed but as some of them move towards us it is evident they are translucent. As they move closer they appear like tiny galaxies. Blue, purple, white and coral colours swirl within them.

Black shadows float across the large globe, blocking our view of the fragments of light. Some of the shadows stay a while before drifting away. Some swirl towards us before disappearing. In the last seconds of the moving image work these black shadows grow and envelop the large, ever moving cosmic globe made from fragments of light. Until all that is left is a black screen.

Credits with white text on a black background read:

‘Created by Ruth Le Gear
Sound Design Cyril Briscoe

Arts & Disability Ireland’


Headshots of Miguel Amado, Sara Greavu, Sheena Barrett and Belinda Quirke



Arts & Disability Ireland and Fire Station Artists’ Studios are delighted to announce the 9 successful artists for our 2022 Studio Visit programme.

Congratulations to Anthony Cullen, Ciara Chapman, Gerard Fenniman, Jennifer Cunningham, Lindsey Power, Niki Collier, Roisin Ní Neachtain, Sarah Keenan and Tara Carroll.

Gerard Fenniman and Tara Carroll will participate in a studio visit with Miguel Amado, Director and Curator at Sirius Arts Centre.

Ciara Chapman, Roisin Ní Neachtain and Sarah Keenan will participate in a studio visit with Sara Greavu, Curator of Visual Arts at Project Arts Centre.

Jennifer Cunningham and Niki Collier will participate in a studio visit with Sheena Barrett, Curator of The LAB Gallery.

Anthony Cullen and Lindsey Power will participate in a studio visit with Belinda Quirke, Director at Solstice Arts Centre.

What is a studio visit?
The purpose of the studio visit is for artists and curators to have a conversation about the artist’s work and troubleshoot areas of the artist’s practice. This first conversation could lead to building a relationship over time.

Studio visits are intimate meetings between artists and curators that are focused on the artist’s practice, their work and interests. Artists invite curators, programmers or arts managers for a studio visit to discuss their practice.

This can happen at the artist’s studio, in a café, meeting space or sometimes online. In advance the curator will research the artist. The artist will choose what artworks they’d like to show the curator. Both the artist and curator will be prepared to discuss their work. All of this preparation is a starting point for a conversation.

In a studio visit the conversation may address themes of the artist’s work, works in progress, ideas around potential exhibition opportunities, audiences for future work, introducing references by other artists, professional development opportunities and critical responses.


Headshots of Miguel Amado, Sara Greavu, Sheena Barrett and Belinda Quirke



The deadline for Studio Visit programme applications is Monday 15 November at 4pm.

Arts & Disability Ireland and Fire Station Artists’ Studios celebrate over 10 years supporting visual artists with disabilities together. The partnership has included an exhibition and seminar called ‘A Different Republic’ at The LAB Gallery, 4 Studio Awards, 2 Digital Media Awards, 4 publications, 7 artists and 7 mentors participated in our Mentoring Programme, and a seminar called ‘Pathways to Practice’ at the Glucksman Gallery.

The Studio Visit programme brings curators and artists together to look at the development of work and its parameters. Curators and artists of national significance have participated in this programme in 2019 and 2020.

Arts & Disability Ireland and Fire Station Artists’ Studios have gathered a panel of nationally recognised curators to participate in studio visits with up to 8 visual artists with disabilities in 2022. Each curator will participate in up to two studio visits each.

Our 2022 Studio Visit programme curators are:

Miguel Amado – Director, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh
Sara Greavu – Curator, Project Arts Centre, Dublin
Sheena Barrett – Curator, The Lab Gallery, Dublin
Belinda Quirke – Director, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan

What is a studio visit?
The purpose of the studio visit is for artists and curators to have a conversation about the artist’s work and troubleshoot areas of the artist’s practice. This first conversation could lead to building a relationship over time.

Studio visits are meetings between artists and curators that are focused on the artist’s practice, their work and interests. Artists invite curators, programmers or arts managers for a studio visit to discuss their practice.

This can happen at the artist’s studio, in a café, meeting space or sometimes online. In advance the curator will research the artist and the artist will choose what artworks they’d like to show the curator and be prepared to discuss their work. All of this preparation is a starting point for a conversation.

In a studio visit the conversation may address themes of the artist’s work, works in progress, ideas around potential exhibition opportunities, audiences for future work, introducing references by other artists, professional development opportunities and critical responses.

What to expect from the Studio Visit programme?
Each of the successful artists with disabilities will participate in a studio visit with one of the curators on our panel between January and March 2022. Covid-19 guidelines permitting. Successful artists will receive a fee of €100. Curators will also receive a fee. After the studio visit each artist and curator will submit a one page report on their studio visit experience.

Who is eligible to apply?
Visual artists at all stages of their careers are welcome to apply.
To be eligible you must be:

  • a visual artist with a disability
  • able to demonstrate your professional practice
  • living in the Republic of Ireland
  • over 18 years of age

Deadline: Monday 15 November 2021 at 4pm.

To submit an application email the following to helen@firestation.ie:

  • A one page letter of interest explaining why you would benefit from the Studio Visit programme: max 500 words (.doc or .pdf)
  • Your CV: max 2 pages (.doc or .pdf)
  • Examples of previous work: max 10 images/works (.jpg, .wav, .mp3, .mp4, .pdf, .doc)
  • If you have any access requirements to participate in the Studio Visit please outline these in your email.

Please use the subject line: Studio Visit programme application (insert your name).

If you have any questions about submitting an application contact Helen Carey, Director, FSAS by email helen@firestation.ie or by phone 01 8069010


Anne Hornsby delivering audio description training.



Arts & Disability Ireland and The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Office of Accessibility and VSA in partnership with the Irish Museum Association are delighted to reveal the final strand of Workshops as part of From Access to Inclusion which will take place from 11 – 22 October 2021.

Designed to enhance learning and engagement, to explore and dismantle barriers, and to challenge assumptions, each workshop will be interactive and hands-on. Using a suite of resources, exercises, and discussions facilitated by leading thinkers in the field of arts and disability, your practice will be supported as you work to devise and create accessible programmes and initiatives.

With 6 Workshops on offer, topic’s include audio description training for museums and galleries, developing multi-sensory strategies for engagement, approaches to access at Irelands national gallery, website clinics, relaxed eperiences, and a technical step by step to virtual accessibility.

Registration ranges from €90 to €25 per person and all times advertised are in Irish Summer Time GMT+1 (IST).

Click here to register and find out more about these Workshops


Arts and Disability Connect. A scheme for artists with disabilities



The Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland announce the awarded artists for round one of the 2021 Arts and Disability Connect scheme

The Arts and Disability Connect scheme is designed to support artists with disabilities to be ambitious, to develop their practice and to connect with arts organisations and arts professionals in Ireland.

In 2021 €116,000 will be awarded to artists with disabilities through the scheme. The Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland are delighted to announce that €56,000 has been awarded to 12 artists through New Work, Research and Development, Mentoring and Training awards in round one.

“Year on year, artists with disabilities continue to dream even bigger. Consequently, 2021 will see a giant step forward in creative ambition and innovative practice”. Pádraig Naughton, Executive Director of Arts & Disability Ireland.

New Work Award

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

Alan James Burns is a visual artist based in Dublin. In partnership with Carlow Arts Festival, Alan will create a new work called Augmented Body, Altered Mind for their 2022 festival. This ambitious piece will explore what it means to be an individual living within everyday systems. The 17 minute experience will weave a brain-computer interface (BCI) with a Virtual Reality environment.

Rosaleen McDonagh is a Dublin based writer and theatre artist. In partnership with Project Arts Centre, Rosaleen will present a film installation of Contentious Spaces in the Gallery in 2021. Two characters, Bella and Michael get trapped in a disabled toilet. Over the course of twenty minutes they argue, discover and discuss everything from their own personal histories, disability rights, transgender rights, isolation, sex, love, clubbing and more.

Research & Development Award

Research and Development awards give artists time to think, research, reflect and critically engage with their practice. One award was made in this round.

Diane Crotty is a theatre maker based in Dublin. With the support of Graffiti Theatre Company, Diane will write and workshop a new script for young audiences about a 14 year old girl Abigail Hobbes who was accused of witchcraft at the Salem witch trials 1692.

Mentoring Award

Mentoring awards give artists the resources to develop a mentoring relationship with a more established arts professional. Artists work on an element of their practice with their mentor. In this round six artists received Mentoring awards.

Leon O’Connor is a film artist and animator based in Limerick. Leon will work with mentor Jason Tammemagi Creative Producer at Cartoon Saloon. They will focus on pre-production stages of animation while Leon begins to develop a new animated short film.

Maureen McGovern is a Dublin based theatre artist. Maureen will work with dramaturg Pamela McQueen to research autobiographical theatre performances and get support while she develops a new script.

Maureen Portsmouth is a writer and theatre artist based in Dublin. Maureen will work with writer and dance artist Lani O’Hanlon as she works towards writing for publication through her work with the body and voice.

Paul Howell is a Dublin based visual artist. Paul will work with printmaker Colin Martin with support from the Black Church Print Studio. Together they will work on Paul’s professional development including working towards exhibition and researching print processes and techniques.

Sarah Keenan is a Galway based visual artist who will work with curator and visual artist Moran Been-noon. They will discuss next steps for career progression, the direction of Sarah’s studio practice at this pivotal moment and how to make meaningful professional connections within the visual arts in Ireland.

Tadhg Kinsella is a visual artist based in Dublin. Tadhg will work with Mella Travers, CEO of The Darkroom. Through mentoring sessions they will explore options for professional development, networking and explore a range of technical processes.

Training Award

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

Joan Jordan is a Louth based visual artist. Joan will complete a programme of one to one stained glass training with Alison Byrne of WildBird Studio.

Lindsey Power is a visual artist based in Clare. Lindsey will attend a week long workshop Painting in the Burren Landscape with Trevor Geoghegan at Burren College of Art.

Olivia Shiel is a Louth based visual artist. Olivia has created a series of one to one workshops with visual artist Susan Farrelly at Abbey Studios and filmmaker JJ Harrington.

Congratulations to all of the awarded artists!

Round two of the Arts and Disability Connect scheme opens on the 30 August and the deadline is 18 October. For more information about the Arts and Disability Connect scheme see www.adiarts.ie/connect




The Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland are delighted to announce exciting changes for Arts and Disability Connect this year.

Funding has been increased to €116,000 in 2021 which will be awarded to artists with disabilities through the scheme.

Round 1 opens Tuesday 06 April.
Deadline is Monday 24 May, 2021 at 4pm.
Applicants will be told the outcome by July.

Round 2 opens Monday 30 August.
Deadline is Monday 18 October, 2021 at 4pm.
Applicants will be told the outcome by December.

“This is a significant leap forward in funding opportunities for artists with disabilities. It is an opportunity to dream bigger, collaborate more broadly and engage wider audiences. I eagerly await artists’ creativity and ambition moving to the next level”. Pádraig Naughton, Executive Director, Arts & Disability Ireland.

The Arts and Disability Connect scheme is designed to support artists with disabilities to be ambitious, to develop their practice and to connect with arts organisations and arts professionals in Ireland.

Artists can apply for 4 different awards: New Work €15,000, Research and Development €5,000, Mentoring €3,000 and Training €1,000.

We are thrilled to announce that we are increasing the award amounts available for New Work to €15,000 and Mentoring to €3,000. This will give artists an opportunity to think even bigger than before.

We have created a new Research and Development award of €5,000. This award is for mid-career and established artists who want time and resources to think, research, reflect and critically engage with their practice. It can be used to ‘buy time’, develop new relationships with arts partners in order to submit a New Work application in the future or to develop other strategic partnerships.

A new addition to Arts and Disability Connect this year will be Easy Read information describing the scheme and how funding decisions are made.

We will announce a series of online information sessions and details about how people can book one-to-one support for their applications soon.

Application forms, guidelines, Easy Read information and dates for information sessions in round 1 will be available on our website from Tuesday 06 April at www.adiarts.ie/connect.




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.


Attendees at the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) conference. Photo credits: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Office of VSA and Accessibility.



In consultation with our partners the The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Office of VSA and Accessibility, we have made the decision to move From Access to Inclusion, an arts and culture Summit online as a series of virtual events over the course of a number of weeks in March 2021.

With continued concerns around Covid-19 globally and in the interest of maximising participation, international collaboration and learning in the field of arts and cultural access, we believe this presents us with an exciting opportunity to open up the conversation and broaden international engagement.

We will aim to ensure that the published programme of keynotes, panels, case studies and workshops, featuring some of the most thought provoking leaders and advocates in access and inclusion in arts and culture from across the world, will be reshaped as a series of live and pre-recoded webinars, subject to presenters availability.

In its new form, From Access to Inclusion will remain an unprecedented opportunity to exchange ideas and discover new and innovative ways to include and welcome everyone.

We will be communicating directly with delegates offering them the option to alter or re-book at no additional cost or cancel with a full refund.

Further details will be announced shortly. 

In the meantime, stay up-to-date on all future announcements by subscribing to our Summit newsletter here.


Photo of Róisín Power Hackett



We are delighted to announce that Róisín Power Hackett will curate our Open Call edition of Curated Space.

Curated Space is Arts & Disability Ireland’s online platform for Irish and international artists with disabilities. For each edition a curator commissions new work or a reframing of existing work by artists. This next Curated Space edition which is called The Finest Specimens of Fossilized Duration will be published on our website in November 2020.

“I am delighted to have been selected as the curator for Arts & Disability Ireland’s Curated Space. This opportunity will support me to develop my current curatorial research around the inclusion in and access to the arts from people with disabilities/disabled people. I look forward to working closely with two fantastic artists.”

Róisín has invited, Áine O’Hara and Philip Kenny, to present existing works afresh. Áine O’Hara will present a recording and images of her performance The Birthday Party. Philip Kenny will showcase a filmed spoken word performance of his poem Ode to Sweeney’s.

“Both The Birthday Party and Ode to Sweeney’s show how our memories are rooted more often in places than in time. These works affirm the term topoanalysis, coined by the philosopher Gaston Bachelard. Bachelard believed that memories are ‘the finest specimens of fossilised duration concretized as a result of a long sojourn, [and] are to be found in and through space’.”

Biography

Róisín Power Hackett is an Irish curator, artist and writer. She has a background in visual art, art theory and art writing. She holds a BA Fine Art in 2012 and an MA Art in the Contemporary World in 2013 from the National College of Art and Design. Since her BA she has worked with interdisciplinary performance as she has always been intrigued by the crossovers between visual art and literature. Conceptually, she is drawn to the deconstruction of language and history, often from a feminist perspective.

In 2017, Róisín began to explore another aspect of her identity, her disability. In 2019, she was awarded the inaugural ARC-LAB Gallery Curatorial Scholarship to research access to and inclusion in the arts for disabled people/people with disabilities. As part of this scholarship she is a student on the Institute of Art, Design and Technology’s MA in Art and Research Collaboration (ARC) program and based at The LAB Gallery as Assistant Curator. As the Curatorial Scholar, she will be curating A Consideration of All Bodies, an exhibition of work by artists with disabilities, to take place in The LAB Gallery in 2021.

Róisín has previously held positions in Pallas Projects/Studios, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and Sarah Walker Gallery.

You can find out more about Róisin’s practice here




Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI) is the national development and resource organisation for arts and disability.

We champion the creativity of artists with disabilities, promote inclusive experiences for audiences with disabilities and work to enhance the disability-related capacity of arts organisations. We work in partnership with the arts sector, and encourage the disability sector to do the same.

ADI is funded by a range of public bodies, including the Arts Council, and also generates revenue by providing services to arts organisations.

ADI does not have a large number of financial transactions. However, we do undertake a wide and complex variety of projects, programmes and partnerships which run concurrently, which translates to a more elaborate financial infrastructure than some similar organisations.

ADI currently works under reporting standard FRS 102, but plan to transition to SORP (Statement of Recommended Practice, Accounting and Reporting by Charities) over the coming year.

ADI’s General Manager has a financial role which includes:

  • Accounts payable and processing of invoices,
  • Credit control and issuing of invoices,
  • Input of sales and purchase invoices into the accounting package (SURF),
  • Bank reconciliation within SURF,
  • Online banking,
  • Running payroll through SAGE and issuing quarterly returns to Revenue,
  • Statutory returns to Companies Registration Office (CRO) (B1, B10s),
  • Statutory returns to Charities Regulatory Authority (Annual Report, Audited Accounts),
  • Preparation of annual Directors Report and Audit documents in liaison with the Accountant,
  • Preparation of Financial Activities Report (FAR), Budgeted Activities Report (BAR) and Actual Activities Report (AAR) for the Arts Council.

The Tender

ADI is currently seeking proposals from individuals or organisations with suitable qualifications and experience to work with its General Manager and Executive Director to deliver the following:

  • Review monthly/quarterly postings in the SURF accounts package, making adjustments where required,
  • Post quarterly journals (deferred income, accruals, payroll, depreciation etc) to SURF and prepare quarterly management accounts for circulation to the board,
  • Attend board meetings and present financials to the board (4 Board Meetings and Annual General Meeting (AGM),
  • Assist ADI team with budgeting and forecasting – for Management Accounts, Arts Council reporting and other funders’ requirements,
  • With the General Manager, generate reports for the auditor and assist with audit queries,
  • Assist ADI team with funding reports to the Arts Council and other funders (as per their templates and requirements).

The role would allow the successful candidate to work remotely, in conjunction with a number of in-house meetings with the team, when public health advice allows this to occur. Due to Covid-19, ADI foresees the continuance of its current remote working policy and as such, all interviews will be conducted via Zoom.

Interested parties should return a detailed proposal with indicative costs to Pádraig Naughton, Executive Director, Arts & Disability Ireland by 11th September, 2020.

A contract will be awarded to the winning tender by Friday, 25th September, 2020.

The service provision will be subject to review in 12 months.

Contact: padraig@adiarts.ie


The Irish Itinerary Podcast logo



Petal Pillar and Charlene Kelly from the Blue Teapot Theatre Company, Galway are interviewed by Katarzyna Ojrzyńska from the Department of Drama Studies and pre-1800 literature at the University of Lodz, Poland.

In their conversation with Katarzyna, Petal and Charlene talk about the history of the Blue Teapot Theatre Company and the Blue Teapot Performing Arts School. They all discuss synergistic prompting and the Meisner technique, the arts, the challenges of performing on stage and in front of a camera for actors with disabilities, and Blue Teapot’s involvement with the European project “Crossing the Line”. The conversation also provides an insight into Charlene’s play Into the Dark Woods, rescheduled to later this year, and other difficulties related to Covid-19.

Find out more about the podcast series and take a listen here.

The Irish Itinerary Podcast is also available on Apple Podcast and Spotify.

The Irish Itinerary Podcasts present Irish authors and artists work online and is hosted by leading Irish Studies scholars from across the European network of EFACIS (European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies) with readings and performances integrated into interviews. To meet the challenges of the Corona pandemic, Irish Itinerary has become a series of podcasts in place of its live events with Irish authors and artists in university cities and towns all over Europe.


Receiver, Jenny Brady, 2019



LUX is inviting applications from Artists who are deaf or hard of hearing based in the UK and Ireland to produce moving image works for LUX Online Commissions.

LUX is the UK agency for the support and promotion of artists working with the moving image and they are launching a new ongoing series exploring access in artists’ moving image, not as an afterthought, but as a creative impetus.

The programme launches in September with an exhibition and events series catalysed by a new moving image work by artist Jenny Brady called Receiver (2019) which considers how we both speak and listen, and the question of who has the right and capacity to be heard. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of performances, talks, screenings and workshops expanding on the themes explored in the work.

As part of this LUX is also inviting UK and Ireland-based artists who are deaf or hard of hearing to apply for two £1,000 commissions to produce new moving image works reflecting on the possibilities of cinema. The works will be shown online on the LUX website for a period of three months from October 2020. If you need more information on the commissions contact Anthony@lux.org.uk or visit https://lux.org.uk/writing/lux-commission-d-deaf-artist

Deadline for Applications: Midnight on 28th August 2020

For more information and how to apply please download the application form and guidelines here.


Musical performance by Suzanne Walsh in the Model Gallery in Sligo for Culture Night 2017



The Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland are delighted to announce that a second round of funding will be available through the Arts and Disability Connect scheme in 2020.

Designed to support individual artists with disabilities, the Arts and Disability Connect scheme includes New Work, Mentoring and Training awards.

“The Arts Council’s commitment of additional funding for individual artists with disabilities is a huge endorsement as well as deserved recognition of their contribution to the creative voice of Ireland in a time of tremendous change. In real terms, this additional funding represents a doubling of opportunities for artists to undertake training, mentoring and new work in 2020, through the Arts and Disability Connect funding scheme which Arts & Disability Ireland manages on behalf of the Arts Council.” Arts & Disability Ireland Executive Director, Pádraig Naughton.

Application forms and guidelines for round two of Arts and Disability Connect scheme will be available to download from Monday 07 September at www.adiarts.ie/connect.

Arts and Disability Connect deadline: Monday 19 October at 4pm.

Information Sessions
Arts & Disability Ireland have announced a series of online information sessions for round two of the scheme. Information sessions are for artists with disabilities who may consider making an application and those who will support them. These sessions are as follows:

Arts and Disability Connect information session with ADI Project Manager, Amie Lawless on Tuesday 15 Sept from 11am.

For more information click here.

Arts and Disability Connect information session: New Work with ADI Project Manager, Amie Lawless and artist Emilie Conway on Thursday 17 Sept from 11am.

For more information click here.

Arts and Disability Connect information session: Mentoring with ADI Project Manager, Amie Lawless and artist Suzanne Walsh on Tuesday 22 Sept from 11am.

For more information click here.

Arts and Disability Connect information session: Training  with ADI Project Manager, Amie Lawless and artist Áine O’Hara on Thursday 24 Sept from 11am.

For more information click here.




Arts & Disability Ireland presented Access into Action, a webinar series developed to support Irish arts and culture professionals to create accessible content and experiences for audiences with disabilities.

Access into Action provides practical knowledge that can be put into immediate action. Each webinar provided a brief context, explored why an aspect of access is important, discussed the benefit for audiences, shared practical know-how and closed with a facilitated Q&A to ensure participants get the most out of each session.

This series forms part of ADI’s Dublin Access Partnership, which has been running since August 2018 and is embedding a more holistic approach to accessible arts programming for audiences with disabilities.

To kick-start the series, we had Oli Webster, Programme Systems Manager at Stagetext, who presented Subtitling Online Content on Tuesday 14th July at 11am.

In this 60-minute webinar, Oli gave a quick overview of online access for audiences who are deaf or hard of hearing, along with a taster of Stagetext’s longer series of free training videos, available to view here.

Oli also briefly covered some of the reasons we use subtitles, the wider benefits of their usage, some quick tips for improving the online access you offer, and finally there will be a 20-minute Q&A session.

This webinar is now available to view here.

Next up, we had Roz Chalmers, a member of the resident team of describers in London’s National Theatre, The Old Vic Theatre, Chickenshed and the Park Theatre, who presented Writing Accessible Introductions on Tuesday 28th July at 11am.

In this 60-minute webinar, Roz gave an overview of accessible introductory notes for online performances for audiences who are blind or visually impaired.

Roz also shared why it’s important to create introductory notes, the benefits and their impact, some quick tips for writing the introductory notes, and finally there will be a 20-minute Q&A session.

This webinar is now available to view here.

Each webinar has open captions provided by Stagetext.

Biographies

Oli Webster
Hello! I’m Oli, Programme Systems Manager at Stagetext. What this means is I manage the digital subtitle programme, and our internal tech and processes across programmes. I graduated from Durham University with a BSc in Psychology, did a stint in marketing analysis at an energy price comparison website, and then the stars aligned and I made the move to Stagetext! I’ve always been enthusiastic about theatre and the arts, both as an audience member and actor, performing in shows at school, university, the Chickenshed Theatre, and Arcola Theatre as part of their Queer Collective community group. As a deaf person myself, I always relied on Stagetext as a user to be able to enjoy the theatre, so when the opportunity to join the team appeared, I knew that’s where I needed to be, bringing together the analytical skills I learned studying science and doing marketing analysis, with my love of arts and theatre, and my personal vendetta to make the world a more accessible place for people like me.

Roz Chalmers
Roz Chalmers has been working in audio description for over twenty years.  She is part of the resident team of describers in London’s National Theatre, The Old Vic Theatre, Chickenshed and the Park Theatre.  She also works as a freelance audio describer for VocalEyes. She has described drama, musicals, comedy, opera, circus, ballet and contemporary dance, outdoor events and arena shows as well as architecture and collections in museums, galleries and heritage sites.  She is an audio description trainer and apart from the UK has trained describers in the US, Hungary, Portugal and Hong Kong.  During the pandemic she has been providing recorded audio description for streamed productions and regular online workshops for small venues and individuals in the UK and elsewhere to help them improve their offer to people who are blind and visually impaired.

Now we want to hear from you… What are the topics you’d like to see covered in our future webinars as part of this series? What practical knowledge will help you and your organisation put Access into Action?

Share your thoughts and ideas by emailing sile@adiarts.ie today!


Arts and Disability Connect event



Arts Council are looking for expressions of interest from artists with disabilities to take part in their Access, Equality & Opportunities artist discussions.

“In our Equality, Human Rights & Diversity policy Action Plan we commit to undertaking a substantive consultative process with artists from diverse backgrounds to gain a more informed perspective on the issues they face in advancing their careers as artists. We want to hear from you about the obstacles you have encountered in having a career as an artist in Ireland today.

We had originally planned to hold a series of meetings at different locations around the country but with the ongoing Covid 19 situation that is no longer possible. We are however putting plans in place to hold a series of web-based consultations and we would be delighted to hear from you if you are interested in taking part. We are particularly interested in hearing from artists and practitioners we have not engaged with before.

Alongside the consultation meetings, we will also run an online survey, to ensure anyone not in a position to participate, can provide their thoughts and ideas.”

“We look forward to hearing from you!”

If you would like to participate in the Arts Council’s consultation meeting or their survey please click here.


Alice Wingwall, Thumbs Up at the Grand Hotel (in Lund, Sweden), No Date. Photograph.



Arts & Disability Ireland is inviting curators, producers, arts managers and artists with disabilities to submit expressions of interest to curate an edition of Curated Space in 2020.

The focus of this Curated Space Open Call is to showcase existing work by artists with disabilities living in the Republic of Ireland. It is also possible to consider commissioning new work alongside existing work. A minimum of two artists must be featured. Curated Space is published on www.adiarts.ie.

Objectives of Curated Space
Curated Space is Arts & Disability Ireland’s online platform for Irish and international artists with disabilities. In each edition we invite a curator to commission new work or showcase existing work by artists with disabilities. Previous editions of Curated Space include:

One Beat at a Time
A music commission featuring Derrick Devine, Ailís Ní Ríain and Kevin Nolan. Curated by Dylan Tighe.

Always Imaginable?
A playwright commission featuring Mary Kinsella, Sonya Kelly and Stephen Kennedy. Curated by Gavin Kostick and edited by John Austin Connolly.

Marking Blind
A visual art exhibition showcasing the work of four contemporary artists, Raphaëlle de Groot, Robert Morris, Carmen Papalia, and Alice Wingwall. Curated by Amanda Cachia.

The role of the Curated Space curator
The chosen curator or curators of Curated Space Open Call will develop their concept, contract artists, set and monitor deadlines, write a curatorial statement, work with artists on their artists statements, gather all materials to be published and support Arts & Disability Ireland with some elements of access and marketing.

‘Today, the role of contemporary curators rests between two interpretations: the art curator takes care of the works, but also gives them a larger context, framing objects intellectually, historically, and socially. A good curator provides information, connections, and even contrasts to understand what makes art relevant today, and not only reflects meaning but contribute to debates and new understandings.’ Trends in Contemporary Curating, Sotheby’s Institiute of Art.

Budget available
The maximum budget available for Curated Space Open Call is €2,700. This amount is inclusive of the curator fee, artists’ fees and production costs if applicable.

Access for audiences with disabilities
It is important that the curator and artists consider how their work can be made accessible to a wide range of audiences. A separate budget, managed by Arts & Disability Ireland will be used to audio describe and caption the artworks, if needed. Arts & Disability Ireland will support both the curator and artists to consider access and we will approve the accessibility of artworks before publishing.

Timeframe
The first edition of Curated Space Open Call will be published on www.adiarts.ie no later than the 31st October 2020. A potential second edition of Curated Space Open Call will be published no later than the 1st December 2020.

Who is eligible to apply?
Curators, producers, arts managers and artists with disabilities working in the following artforms are eligible to apply; architecture, circus, dance, film, literature, music, opera, street arts and spectacle, theatre, traditional arts and visual arts. Applicants and artists featuring in this Curated Space Open Call must be based in the Republic of Ireland.
Arts & Disability Ireland take their definition of disability from the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability, which states:
‘Persons with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which, in interaction with various barriers, may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.’

Who is not eligible to apply?
People who do not have an arts practice.
People who do not have a disability as outlined above.
People who are not living in the Republic of Ireland.
People who are in undergraduate education between September 2019 and September 2020.

Criteria
Applications will be assessed against the criteria of artistic merit and how they meet the overall objectives of Curated Space.
Artistic merit – You must demonstrate:

  • a strong track record in your established professional arts practice through your CV and supporting documentation,
  • an imaginative, ambitious and feasible approach to developing an edition of Curated Space, including concept, featuring artists, artforms, formats and timeframe.Meeting the objectives of the award – You must describe:
  • the ways in which your practice and career will benefit or be developed as a result of curating an edition of Curated Space.

How to apply
In one email please send your letter of interest, CV and any supporting documentation to amie@adiarts.ie.

  • In your letter of interest please outline the concept for your proposal, the names of artists you hope to feature, the artforms included, formats of artworks and timeframe. (1,000 words max)
  • CV (2 pages max)
  • Supporting documentation

Deadline
Thursday 16 July at 4pm.
Late applications will not be accepted.




As you read ADI’s Newsletter, we hope you and your family are safe and well. The national effort to control the spread of Covid-19 has resulted in a huge upheaval for the entire Irish population. Like many, the ADI team are adjusting to working remotely and have remained busy. Consequently, there is a lot to update you on.

Since the 13 March the ADI office has been closed and generally our hours remain 9.30am-5.30pm. The easiest way to get in touch still remains email. Here is a link to the staff contact details on ADI’s website. We can either respond to your email by return or arrange a telephone or video call back. All post is being redirected and will be passed on to the relevant team member.

The Arts and Disability Connect selection panel was scheduled to meet on Tuesday 24 March in the Sean O’Casey Centre. We are delighted to say that we were able to reschedule this for the same date as a Zoom video conference. The panel was chaired by an Arts Council council member, with 4 panellists, a representative from Arts Participation at Arts Council, as well as two representatives from ADI. €39,350 was distributed and 14 artists have already received their initial payments. Full details of the successful awardees follow in this Newsletter.

ADI want to congratulate playwright, disability activist and broadcaster Steve Daunt who received a Gold award for Innovation at the New York Festivals Radio Awards for his programme Between the Lines: In Our Words, Living with a Disability in Ireland which celebrated International Day of People with Disabilities, the programme will be rebroadcast on Newstalk at 7pm Saturday 25 April or you can listen back to the podcast.

In early March ADI announced that we were postponing From Access to Inclusion 2020 – An Arts and Culture Summit, now rescheduled from May to 22-25 March 2021. Since then our partners the Kennedy Center have also announced the postponement of their annual LEAD (Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability) Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina scheduled for August.

That said, some conference and seminar organisers have decided to take their events virtual. Chicago Cultural Access Consortium coordinates monthly professional development programmes primarily targeted at cultural administrators. CCAC’s most recent seminar Leading Accessible Virtual Programs is available to view with captions and verbal descriptions on their YouTube channel. While this webinar is free, CCAC do welcome a voluntary $5 donation.

Two other conferences have caught our attention: A Future Date, a volunteer-led virtual event with 3 days of curated sessions that were cancelled at major accessibility conferences including the assistive technology conference CSUN ATC, SXSW. The purpose was to continue to support access professionals and advocates and provide learning opportunities that were missed due to Covid-19. While A Future Date has now concluded, all the sessions are available to view with captions on their YouTube channel.

Closer to home, AHEAD have reshaped their annual conference Through the Looking Glass into 10 weeks of webinars. Taking place on Friday afternoons until 29th May the focus is inclusion and access in different further and higher education contexts.




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

2020 marks the 7th year of this Arts Council scheme managed by Arts & Disability Ireland. €39,350, an increase of €10,000, has been awarded to 14 artists through New Work, Mentoring and Training awards.

“When public health advice relating to Covid-19 led to the near closure of the country, except for essential services, we were delighted to proceed with the panel meeting by video conference. During the coming year these 14 successful artists will be able to move forward in their careers. With the support of this scheme they are on an ambitious and innovative journey.” Pádraig Naughton, Executive Director of Arts & Disability Ireland.

Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland are delighted to announce the 14 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 year 3 artists received New Work awards.

Emilie Conway is a musician and performer based in Dublin. In partnership with the Improvised Music Company (IMC) and with the support of Darn Skippy Productions and Dublin City Council Culture Company, Emilie will develop, compose, write and perform a new jazz and theatre performance based on her experiences as an artist with a visual impairment.

John Kelly is a Wicklow based filmmaker and founder of Clap ‘n Load Studios. In partnership with The Whale Theatre John will develop and produce a science fiction short film. This short film will be screened at The Whale Theatre towards the end of March 2021.

Vukašin Nedeljković is a visual artist based in Dublin. In partnership with the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) and with the support of the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI), Vukašin will develop a new body of photography documenting Emergency Accommodation Centres in Ireland. This new work will be exhibited in the RHA Ashford Gallery in early 2021.

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 year, 6 artists received Mentoring awards.

Ailbhe Barrett is a Cork based visual artist and Crawford Supported Studio member who will work with visual artist Kevin Mooney while she works towards including animation in her practice.

David Joyce, a playwright from Galway will work with dramaturg Pamela McQueen while he develops a new script.

Karen Breen is a Galway musician and member of Electric Dreams who will work with composer and musician Anna Mullarkey while she begins to create her own compositions.

Mairéad Folan, the Galway based Artistic Director of NoRopes Theatre Company will work with theatre maker Little John Nee while she develops a new script.

Martin Sharry, a theatre maker and writer based in Dublin will work with writer Jessica Traynor as he transitions from theatre to poetry and develops new work towards publishing his first poetry collection.

Suzanne Walsh, a writer, visual artist and musician based in Dublin will work with writer Christodoulos Makris while she focuses on her poetry practice and explores publication possibilities.

Training awards give artists the resources to learn skills through courses, workshops and masterclasses facilitated by arts organisations, artists and arts professionals. This year 5 artists received Training awards.

Áine O’Hara is a Dublin based theatre designer. To support Áine to transition from working in theatre to film she will attend Annie Atkins’ two-day workshop on Graphic Design for Filmmaking.

Ayelet Lalor, a visual artist based in Dublin will avail of the Open Access programme at Graphic Studio Dublin to develop and improve her printmaking skills.

Cecilia Bullo, a Dublin based visual artist, will attend Fire Station Artists’ Studios two-day Welding Fabrication workshop delivered by Mick O’Hara.

Conor Rennick, a writer based in Dublin will work with writer Yvonne Cullen through bespoke one-on-one writers’ training as he completes a first draft of a new novel.

Mary Crossin is a harp player based in Co Donegal who will attend a weeklong harp workshop delivered by Irish harp performer, composer and teacher Dr Janet Harbison.

For more information about the Arts and Disability Connect scheme click here


Electric Dreams band members in Space



Electric Dreams bring their unique brand of feel-good grooves and catchy hooks to the table with their debut album – Behind The Mask. A diverse bunch, the band’s sound sits snugly in between pop, RNB, and indie, and their music comes with a message of inclusion and community.

Crisp beats, sparkly guitars and melodic synths come together with upbeat lyrics to make for an unforgettable sound. Entirely written and recorded by the band in their Galway-based studio, the six-track album was polished off by veteran producer Bob Macciochi of SG Mastering, UK.

Listen to Behind the Mask or pick up your copy for just €6 today here:

bandcamp
Spotify
itunes
CD Baby

Electric Dreams are supported by That’s Life, the award-winning arts programme of the Brothers of Charity Services, Galway, That’s Life offers people with intellectual disabilities opportunity to discover and realise their artistic potential, through working with established artists and participation in high-quality arts programmes.


Axis: Ballymun stage



axis: Ballymun residency award for performing artists with disabilities.

Closing date for applications: Friday 15th May 2020 (Deadline extended)

axis: Ballymun are pleased to announce our performing arts residency ‘Playground’ for artists with disabilities. This residency is designed to support the professional development and the creation of new work by performing artists with disabilities. The awarded residency will take place in axis: Ballymun between May and December 2020 (up to 6 months).

Following several successful residencies across various disciplines, Axis will offer a residency and bursary to an artist with a disability who is interested in developing their performing arts practice.

What does the residency entail?

  • Support to collaborate and develop work and ideas remotely (includes but is not limited to; mentorship, feedback from Axis staff in relevant disciplines and other supports that the artist may identify)
  • When safe and suitable, studio space (shared studio space in Axis Dance Studio, Recording Studio, Art Studio and Theatre subject to requirements and availability).
  • Office space and administrative support may be incorporated into the above on request.
  • Presentation/Performance space, if required*
  • An artists’ fee of €5000 (to include any materials and/or production costs).
  • Access budget of up to €1000** (if required, to facilitate the award recipient’s access requirements).

Timeline and application info:

This residency will commence in May 2020 and the duration, spaces and access requirements will be mapped out dependant on the selected proposal with the artist and axis staff. Resident artists are expected to engage in on-going communication and feedback with Axis and will be asked to share their work/progress via communication through our websites, social networks and other platforms. This communication will be discussed with the artist in advance so as to safeguard the artist and allow space for their work to develop through all parts of the process.

  • Location: axis: Ballymun and remote locations in keeping with government guidelines.
  • Application Deadline: April 30th 2020
  • Duration: Up to 6 months (May – December 2020)
  • Eligibility: Irish based performing artists with disabilities of all disciplines aged 18+ are eligible to apply***Technical and presentation support to be agreed in partnership with the artist. Technical and time requirements depending, this may incur a chargeback of staff/engineer costs, but theatre hire will be waived.
    **Please note that the residency is not resourced to support artists with accommodation, transport and access requirement costs beyond the amount set out above.

To apply please send:

  • A letter of interest: Explain why you think you would benefit from this residency award and identify a facet of your practice you would like to develop over the course of the residency. Please include a rough timeline, bearing in mind that this can be spread out over 6 months, or involve shorter, more intensive periods, subject to availability of spaces and resources.
    (.doc, max 500 words)
  • CV (.doc, max 2 pages)
  • Supporting documentation: examples of previous work.
    (max 10 images/works of up to 1gb in the following formats:
    .jpg, .wav, .mp3, .mp4, .pdf, .doc.)
  • List of enclosed supporting documentation included in the application in a word file
  • Please outline any access requirements you may have in relation to this programme.
  • If written applications are difficult for you, you can address the above points in a video (no fancy production required, just make sure we can hear and, if relevant, see you clearly) and mail a wetransfer link to axisplayground@gmail.com

Please use WeTransfer to send us all of your application files

  1. Go to www.wetransfer.com
  2. Add the files you wish to send
  3. Enter recipient email address: axisplayground@gmail.com
  4. Enter your own email address
  5. Add a message: ‘Playground application (insert your name)’
  6. Click Transfer

You will receive a confirmation email from WeTransfer stating that the files have been sent and a subsequent confirmation email when the files are downloaded by axis.

For further information contact:
Niamh: axisplayground@gmail.com

About axis: Ballymun
Located at the heart of Ballymun, axis is an arts venue, a production company, an arts development organisation, a community resource centre, and is home to a number of community development organisations. axis programmes at the point of excellence and inclusion seeking opportunity for artistic innovation and access for those interested in participation in the arts whenever possible. There is no division of importance in its programme between arts development and mainstream programming. axis welcomes everyone from all over Ireland and internationally to join in a learning organisation that acknowledges the creativity of everyone.

The small print
Applicants must be over 18 in March 2020.
Applicants may be shortlisted for interview
Axis will not be able to provide feedback on unsuccessful applicants
The bursaries may be broken into smaller amounts and distributed to collaborators ar the discretion of the organiser
If any artist applying has additional access requirements, please note this in application.
We may also offer non funded support to unsuccessful applicants as well if we are in a position to do so.

This residency was initially developed in partnership with Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI). Axis is grateful to ADI for their continued support in an advisory capacity. This residency is made possible thanks to the support of The Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

Applications open Mon 30th March and close Friday 15th May 2020 2020 at 5pm. For further info or to ask a question, please email axisplayground@gmail.com.

http://www.axisballymun.ie/axis-online/bursary-opportunities/axis-playground




The Arthouse Cooperative is an artist-led cooperative. The members formed the cooperative to find solutions to the housing problems facing artists who are dependent on the private rental market
for both residential and workspaces.

They are at the early stage of developing a project which involves housing for the members and workspaces at a reasonable cost in the greater Dublin area.

They are recruiting new members and would like to hear from professional/semi-professional artists
who are working in any artistic field including, the visual arts, graphic design, architecture, creative
writing, film making, dance, or performance arts.

If interested, please contact:
Anne Fitzgerald,
Administrator, ARTHOUSE Cooperative, Dublin 12
arthouseirl@gmail.com 085 787 2560




Arts & Disability Ireland and Fire Station Artists’ Studios had a great response to our call for applications to our Studio Visit programme.

8 visual artists with disabilities were selected to participate in one studio visit with a curator on our panel.

Congratulations to Eoin O’Malley, Fergus Fitzgerald, Karol Mac Gairbheith, Paul Murray, Ruth Le Gear, Sahaja Budzilla, Tia Vellani and Vukašin Nedeljković. The studio visits were originally to take place between January and March but due to public health advice relating to Covid-19 this has been extended to December 2020.

Fergus Fitzgerald and Vukašin Nedeljković will participate in a studio visit with Miguel Amado, Director and Curator at Sirius Arts Centre.

Eoin O’Malley and Ruth Le Gear will participate in a studio visit with Sheena Barrett, Curator of The LAB Gallery and Arts Officer at Dublin City Council.

Paul Murray and Tia Vellani will participate in a studio visit with Jennie Guy, Independent Curator and Programme & Operations Manager at Fire Station Artists’ Studios.

Karol Mac Gairbheith and Sahaja Budzilla will participate in a studio visit with Belinda Quirke, Director at Solstice Arts Centre.

What is a studio visit?
The purpose of the studio visit is for artists and curators to have a conversation about the artist’s work and troubleshoot areas of the artist’s practice. This first conversation could lead to building a relationship over time.
Studio visits are intimate meetings between artists and curators that are focused on the artist’s practice, their work and interests. Artists invite curators, programmers or arts managers for a studio visit to discuss their practice. This can happen at the artist’s studio, in a café, meeting space or sometimes by Skype. In advance the curator will research the artist and the artist will choose what artworks they’d like to show the curator and be prepared to discuss their work. All of this preparation is a starting point for a conversation.

During a studio visit the conversation might revolve around the themes of the artist’s work, works that are in progress, potential exhibition opportunities, audiences for future work, introducing work by other artists for reference, professional development opportunities and critical responses.




ReCreate’s mission is to be an inclusive and successful social enterprise inspiring curiosity, creativity and care for the environment.

The Creative & Social Inclusion Officer will report to Head of Business Development & Marketing.

This role will involve developing and promoting ReCreate’s creative impact and to support their mandate of social inclusion.

To apply email Clodagh O’Reilly with a CV and Cover Letter to coreilly@recreate.ie

For more information, find the job description here

Closing date 3rd March 2020.




In this, the 25th year of the festival, we hope Bealtaine 2020 will be the most diverse, most challenging, most fun one yet!

We know that Bealtaine is primarily a festival of, by and for the people who make it happen on the ground – organising exhibitions and poetry readings and plays and choral performances and film screenings and art workshops and much, much, more and so in 2020 we’d like to recognise a community organisation (or individual) who has an ambitious, creative and experimental invitation to their community this May, that celebrates the spirit of the festival.

This award will consist of a financial contribution towards the event and a featured page within the Bealtaine printed national programme. The deadline for applications is February 21st. APPLY HERE


Dancer with a large piece of cloth held above their head courtesy of The Ark PUSH+ project



The Ark are looking for three Ireland-based artists for the third and final PUSH+ residential lab taking place in Stamsund, Norway from 8-18 September 2020.

PUSH+ is a Creative Europe-funded project led by Imaginate (Scotland) alongside Krokusfestival (Belgium), The Ark, Aaben Dans (Denmark), Scenekunstbruket (Norway) and associate partner Bangkok International Children’s Festival (Thailand). PUSH+ stimulates European dialogue and initiates new artistic ideas and performances around three important topics in performance for young audiences – HomeFailure and Different Bodies. These are topics that push us to take more risks as makers and presenters, to address the under-representation of different lives on our stages and to tell stories that really connect with children and who they are.

This application is for the Different Bodies Lab which will take place in Stamsund, Norway from 8-18 September 2020. This Lab will bring together fifteen artists based in five different countries in Europe to explore ideas around different bodies in theatre and dance for young audiences.

If you are an artist working in these fields, to find out more about this lab download the application guidelines here: Different Bodies Lab Information and Guidelines.

To apply, please complete their  online application formApplications must be received by Friday 6 March 2020.

Visit The Ark’s website here to find out more




Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI) are currently seeking a Company Secretary and a Trustee with Financial & Corporate Governance Experience.

ADI is the national development and resource organisation for arts and disability. We promote engagement with the arts at all levels – as professional artists, audience members and arts workers – for people of all ages with disabilities of all kinds. We work towards arts programmes and arts venues becoming fully accessible experiences for all audiences. We advocate for inclusive policy and practice which provides real access to all aspects of the arts for people with disabilities, and for everyone.

Potential candidates should read the role descriptions below and apply through Boardmatch. More information about our current Board of Trustees and Governance is available on our website.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Tuesday, 17th December, 2019.

Company Secretary role description

Trustee with Financial & Corporate Governance Experience role description

For further information and to apply, please visit boardmatch.ie.


Headshots of four curators



The deadline for Studio Visit programme applications is Monday 16th December 2019 at 4pm.

Arts & Disability Ireland and Fire Station Artists’ Studios celebrate over 10 years supporting visual artists with disabilities together this year. The partnership has included an exhibition and seminar called ‘A Different Republic’ at The LAB Gallery, 4 Studio Awards, 2 Digital Media Awards, 4 publications, 7 artists and 7 mentors participated in our Mentoring Programme, and a seminar called ‘Pathways to Practice’ at the Glucksman Gallery.

ADI and FSAS have gathered a panel of curators who will participate in studio visits with up to 8 visual artists with disabilities in 2020. The panel of curators will take part in Disability Equality Training and participate in up to two studio visits each.

Our Studio Visit programme curators are:

Miguel Amado – Director and Curator at Cork Printmakers
Jennie Guy – Independent Curator and Programme & Operations Manager at Fire Station Artists’ Studios
Lívia Páldi – Curator of Visual Arts at Project Arts Centre
Belinda Quirke – Director at Solstice Arts Centre

What is a studio visit?
The purpose of the studio visit is for artists and curators to have a conversation about the artist’s work and troubleshoot areas of the artist’s practice. This first conversation could lead to building a relationship over time.

Studio visits are intimate meetings between artists and curators that are focused on the artist’s practice, their work and interests. Artists invite curators, programmers or arts managers for a studio visit to discuss their practice. This can happen at the artist’s studio, in a café, meeting space or sometimes by Skype. In advance the curator will research the artist and the artist will choose what artworks they’d like to show the curator and be prepared to discuss their work. All of this preparation is a starting point for a conversation.

During a studio visit the conversation might revolve around the themes of the artist’s work, works that are in progress, potential exhibition opportunities, audiences for future work, introducing work by other artists for reference, professional development opportunities and critical responses.

What to expect from the Studio Visit programme?
Each of the successful artists with disabilities will participate in one studio visit with one of the curators on our panel between January and March 2020. Successful artists will receive a fee of €100. Curators will also receive a fee. After the studio visit each artist and curator will write and submit a one page report on their studio visit experience.

Who is eligible to apply?
Visual artists at all stages of their careers are welcome to apply. To be eligible you must be a visual artist with a disability, who can demonstrate a professional practice and who is living in the Republic of Ireland. All applicants must be over 18.

Deadline: Monday 16th December 2019 at 4pm.

To submit an application email the following to amie@adiarts.ie:

  • A one page letter of interest explaining why you would benefit from the Studio Visit programme- max 500 words (.doc or .pdf)
    • Your CV – max 2 pages (.doc or .pdf)
    • Examples of previous work- max 10 images/works (.jpg, .wav, .mp3, .mp4, .pdf, .doc)
    • If you have any access requirements to participate in the studio visit please outline these in your email.

Please use the subject line: Studio Visit programme application (insert your name).

If you have any questions about submitting an application contact Amie Lawless, Project Manager, Arts & Disability Ireland by email amie@adiarts.ie or by phone 01 8509006

For curator biographies click Read more

Miguel Amado is a curator, researcher and critic. He is Director of Cork Printmakers, Ireland. Posts, fellowships and residencies include Senior Curator, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, England; Curator, Tate St Ives, England; Curator, Abrons Arts Center, New York; Curator, PLMJ Foundation, Lisbon; Curator, Visual Arts Centre, Coimbra, Portugal; Curatorial Fellow, Rhizome at the New Museum, New York; Curatorial Fellow, Independent Curators International; New York; Curator in residence, International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York. Exhibitions, projects and events curated as a freelancer include the Portuguese Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale; ‘Dialogues’, London Art Fair; Foro Arte Cáceres, Spain; apexart, New York; Berardo Collection Museum, Lisbon; Frieze Projects, Frieze London; ARCO Madrid/Lisbon. Education includes the MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, London.

Jennie Guy is an artist, curator and educator based in Dublin. Her practice embraces visual, textual, performance, and event-based output. Guy’s work interrogates the rituals surrounding artistic production, seeking alternate modes of observation and response. She is the founder and director of Art School, a platform that establishes new interfaces between contemporary art and sites of education. Through Art School, she develops workshop and residency programmes that unite artists, students, and educators in partnership and research exchanges, both nationally and internationally. These projects generate collaborative art-works, exhibitions, screenings and publications, while remaining primarily invested in exploring artistic process and decisive interventions within educational curricula. Building on the momentum developed through Art School, Guy curated the EVA 2018 schools programme. In 2016 Guy launched Artists’ Exercises with Stine Marie Jacobsen, providing an online platform for distributing fragments of artists’ educational strategies featuring contributions from over fifty international artists. Guy is Manager of Programme and Operation of Fire Station Artists’ Studios in Dublin and is currently curating a series of major public art commissions in Dublin and Wicklow. As curator in residence with Rua Red Arts Centre she curated the exhibitions Field Recording (2018) and It’s Very New School (2017). She has been a member of The Enquiry Reading Group, The Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM) since 2009.

Born in Budapest, Lívia Páldi is the Curator of Visual Arts at Project Arts Centre in Dublin. Previously she was director of BAC – Baltic Art Center in Visby between 2012 and 2015 and curator chief curator of the Műcsarnok / Kunsthalle Budapest between 2007 and 2011. She has organised talks, discussions, workshops, numerous exhibitions and edited several books and exhibition catalogues. Páldi was one of the curatorial agents of dOCUMENTA (13). During 2016 she was member of the OFF-Biennale Budapest curatorial board. She lives and works in Dublin.

Belinda Quirke is a curator, producer, and inaugural director of award winning Solstice Arts Centre in County Meath. At Solstice, Quirke has instigated a diverse cultural and cross disciplinary programme within the performance and visual spaces, playing an active role in creative development in the northeast of the country. During her directorship, Belinda has particularly advocated working with artists of all disciplines through residency, production and vibrant commissioning programmes; connecting contemporary arts practice to the unique cultural heritage and environs of the Boyne Valley.

Belinda is a trustee of the Golden Fleece Award; an independent artistic prize fund established as a charitable bequest by the late Helen Lillias Mitchell. In 2016, Belinda was part of the winning bid team of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture. Previous board memberships include Music Network, Cork, European Capital of Culture, and Create; National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts. A graduate of both Crawford College of Art (Painting) and UCC (Music), Belinda also studied singing at the Cork School of Music and has recently returned to music making.


Photo from Wexford Arts Centre, 2012



Wexford County Council invites tenders from suitable, qualified artists in visual arts and creative writing to deliver the Arts Ability Programme from 2020-2022.

The positions include:

· 4 x Lead Artists (approx 8 – 10 hrs per week x 35 weeks per annum)

· 4 x Assistant Artists (approx 5 hrs per week x 12 weeks per annum)

Arts Ability is an inclusive, participatory arts programme which celebrates the artistic and creative imagination of people who experience mental health and/or intellectual, physical or sensory disabilities. Running since 2003, Arts Ability is an exemplar programme led by the Arts Office of Wexford County Council in partnership with the HSE, Wexford Mental Health Association and the partner venues.

Inbuilt into the Arts Ability Programme will be mentoring and other professional development opportunities for the artists.

To learn more about this programme and how to complete an etender, Wexford Arts Office is hosting a free information session with input from Arts Officer Liz Burns and eTender specialist Ross Mc Carthy.

Venue: Wexford County Council, Carricklawn, Wexford. Block A Ground floor meeting room.

Date: Thursday 14th November 2019, 10am – 12 noon.

Booking is essential. To secure a place, please rsvp before 8th November to arts@wexfordcoco.ie.

Full details on the Tender for Arts Ability and application form are available to download from www.etenders.gov.ie.

Please note artists interested in applying must register with eTenders and apply via their website for the Arts Ability programme. Applications cannot not be accepted via the Arts Office.

https://www.wexfordcoco.ie/arts-and-culture

Closing date for applications Wednesday, 20th November 2019.




Sightless Cinema a radio drama workshop for people who are blind or with visual impairments is looking for new members.

In partnership with NCBI and funded by South Dublin County Council.

Rua Red South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, from Wednesday 6 November 10:30am-12:30. For information, or to let us know you’d be interested contact Ciaran at whitecaneaudiotheatre@gmail.com or 086-3679342.

Audience reaction to Sightless Cinema 2019 presentation:

Brilliant, really entertaining – a totally different experience.
Very imaginative. Well performed. – very powerful and moving.
The sound was good, it gave me a whole new experience.
Very well done and professional.
Fantastic way to experience what people with sight loss ‘see’, hear and experience on a day to day basis.

Listen to Sightless Cinema and White Cane Audio Theatre on Soundcloud here

Workshops by Ciarán Taylor theatre director-deviser from Carpet Theatre.

– No prior experience is necessary. The workshops are run by sound and drama experts in a fun, relaxed way. Anyone with sight loss can join and help create new radio dramas. For information, or to let us know you’d be interested contact Ciaran at whitecaneaudiotheatre@gmail.com or 086-3679342.

– The radio drama workshops are due to begin Wednesday 6 November 2019, 10:30am-12:30 at RUA RED South Dublin Arts Centre at the Tallaght Luas stop.

-This is the sixth year of ‘Sightless Cinema’. People who joined the previous groups say they didn’t quite know what to expect, but they really enjoyed getting involved. Recently there was a very successful public audio presentation at IMC Cinema Tallaght of the plays created by members this year. In previous years they have been presented at UCD and Lighthouse cinemas.

-This collaborative arts project is funded by South Dublin County Council Arts Office, facilitated by NCBI Services and supported by CONTACT Studio – a South Dublin County Arts Office initiative.

The Workshops:
-We’ll work together in a relaxed, fun way exploring how to tell stories through sound.

-We’ll start with a series of 6 workshops. These will introduce ways of creating radio drama.

– We’ll play with recording voices and sound effects, and real sounds from your daily life. We’ll then see how these can be put together to tell stories in sound. We’d also like you to show us how you use sound technology (phones, computers etc.), if you do.

-We plan then to continue workshops on Wednesdays in mornings until April 2020, with the aim of making recordings in a sound studio for a presentation later in 2020.

-With your help, we’ll record some ‘Sightless Cinema’, which can be broadcast or presented for a live audience. The aim is to create pieces which come from blind people’s experience. They will appeal to a wide audience, but will be particularly rich for blind listeners.
You can listen to some previous examples online on Sightless Cinema page on Soundcloud

-If you are interested you can contact Ciarán Taylor at (086) 367 9342 or at whitecaneaudiotheatre@gmail.com for information on the workshops. We may be able to help with transport or access. Please apply for a place by Monday 4 November 2019




Are you a professional performing artist?

Do you identify as a: performer of colour, LGBTQ+ performer, performer with a disability, working class performer.

Have you got lived experience dealing with any (or all) of the following: White privilege, Cis-gendered privilege, Non-disabled privilege, Middle-class privilege?

Are you interested in exploring your experiences in a boundary pushing devised musical theatre show?

Louise White is making a radical contemporary musical about privilege, inequality and collective denial, which will premiere in Project Arts Centre, Space Upstairs in Autumn 2020.

Louise wishes to cast performers who will investigate and explore privilege from a personal standpoint and who will push the boundaries of the work. She will incorporate performers’ experiences, as well as multiple thematic and political references, and will weave them into the content of the show.

Performers do not need to be musical theatre performers but must have the proficiency to sing solo if required.

​If you are a professional who is interested in this project, please fill out the following form: https://forms.gle/19rhAWMCRD3pJv6y9

​Closing date for applications: Sunday 20th October 5pm.

Casting Dates:

Casting Workshop Day 1: Thursday 24th October 2019, 10am — 5pm, in Dance House, Foley Street, Dublin 1.

Casting Workshop Day 2: Tuesday 29th October 2019, 10am — 5pm, in Dance House.

N.B. Performers will be asked to attend a 2 hour casting workshop on only one of the dates above.

​Performers will workshop a song, but do not need to prepare one. Otherwise, no preparation is necessary.

Follow Up Workshop Day:

Monday 9th to Friday 13th of December 2019, 10am — 5pm, in Dance House.

N.B. Successful applicants will be asked to attend 1 full day workshop during this week. All performers will be paid for their time.




For the third time running, Unlimited are partnering with British Council to offer a placement for a disabled arts administrator, producer or curator, based outside of the UK.

Unlimited Project Manager Clara Giraud shares some insight into this unique opportunity.

What is it?
The placement is a paid professional development opportunity, to get involved with the delivery team for the Unlimited programme supporting work by disabled artists, in the United Kingdom. It will involve the placement holder visiting London for several weeks in March-May period to get to know the Unlimited delivery partner organisations (Shape Arts and Artsadmin), and the Unlimited team. There will be a second trip to London early September 2020, to assist the Unlimited team in the activity around Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Festival.

Who is it for?
This opportunity is for individuals that identify as disabled, and who have professional experience of working in the arts sector, whether that be through employment or self-initiated projects. The role is aimed to develop project managing, producing, event managing and arts administrative skills, and will be tailored to work to the strengths and interests of the placement holder. It is for an individual living anywhere in the world outside of the UK, with a high level of spoken and written English, or British Sign Language, that will enable them to fully benefit from the experience.

What support is in place?
This is a paid opportunity – placement holders will be paid for their time working with us, and all travel, accommodation, subsistence costs will be covered by Unlimited. We encourage applications from individuals that have not travelled before, or have access needs when travelling or in working situation, and we will fully support you and assist you in making arrangements. If you require a visa to do the work placement in the UK, we will help you in this process, and pay for the costs incurred.

What do you mean by ‘disabled’?
Unlimited uses a definition of disability based on the Social Model of Disability. This focuses on the disabling barriers imposed by society, embraces all physical, sensory and invisible impairments, learning disability, mental health and fatigue conditions. This definition also includes deaf people.

Because we recognise that people’s perspectives and experience of disability are very wide ranging, we have a broad and inclusive approach to what disability means.

What makes a good application?
We’re looking for a pro-active, curious, generous individual, keen to learn from Unlimited, but also able to contribute to the programme. It’s great to know specific areas of professional development applicants are looking to address through the placement, what skills and knowledge they want to get from it. We also want to know what expertise you can bring to us – we look forward to learning from you! Tell us why you want to do this placement now, how it fits with where you are professionally, and what you think the impact will be on your own path as well as the sector and context you live in.

All details about the placement opportunity, criteria, person specification, and how to apply can be found here.

To apply: please fill in the application form on the online application portal, with your Curriculum Vitae (CV) attached at https://apply.artsadmin.co.uk by Monday 14 October 2019, deadline 12 noon GMT.

Photo: Rachel Cherry




International and critically acclaimed poets Alice McCullough and Maria McManus are co-curating an international edition of first class contemporary poetry for their on-street audio installation, Poetry Jukebox. This edition,  drawn from a world-wide call for submissions, features the work of first-class poets who also self-identify as disabled.

In 2017, Belfast International Festival launched the very first Poetry Jukebox on the island of Ireland. This year they’re back and launching a new Poetry Jukebox that integrates specific features to enhance access for people with hearing impairment and people who use wheelchairs.

Launching on 16th October 2019 and located on CS Lewis Square for the duration of the Belfast International Festival 2019,  the poems on the new jukebox will be available 24 hours a day. 

The deadline for Submissions is Monday 23rd September 2019.

Supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland,  from National Lottery funds,  Department for Communities, Belfast City Council.

Find out more and how to submit HERE


University of Limerick general views with students, Leanne Markham and Michelle Lee, Glucksman Library.



A group of researchers, led by Michelle O’Donoghue, Lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy, with support from Katie Doherty, student of MSc (Professional Qualification) in Occupational Therapy, at the University of Limerick are researching why organisations run autism-friendly initiatives and what supports are in place for such initiatives.

They invite you to take part in a study exploring the drivers, facilitators and barriers to business, arts and community based ‘autism-friendly’ initiatives by completing this questionnaire.

Through this study the research team aims to:

  • Compile information on the range of autism friendly initiatives currently being undertaken in Ireland
  • Identify reasons why organisations engage in autism-friendly initiatives (drivers)
  • Document the facilitators and barriers to setting up and running these initiatives
  • Inform ongoing development of autism-friendly initiatives.

This is an online questionnaire and will take up to 20 minutes to complete and was designed for the purposes of the current study. Participation is anonymous.

Deadline is Monday 30th September 2019.

If you have any questions about the study please contact michelle.odonoghue@ul.ie  




Arts and Disability Ireland and The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Office of VSA and Accessibility are proud to announce a call for proposals for a unique European Summit titled From Access to Inclusion 2020 taking place from 11th -14th May in Dublin, Ireland.

ADI and The Kennedy Center will accept proposals for any of the summit session types outlined below. The deadline for abstracts is midnight GMT/UTC, Tuesday 12th November 2019.

From Access to Inclusion 2020, An Arts and Culture Summit is an international gathering of access professionals and advocates exploring how to provide seamless, person-centred experiences in arts and culture, through a dynamic programme of keynotes, discussion panels, snapshots, case studies and demonstrations.  The Summit offers an unprecedented opportunity to exchange ideas and discover new and innovative ways to include and welcome everyone, with an accompanying evening programme of cultural events featuring access and inclusion in action.

ADI are delighted to be partnering and collaborating with The Kennedy Center. This Summit is modeled on The Kennedy Center’s conference, Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®), the largest annual convening of access professionals and advocates in North America.

Find more information on previous LEAD® Conferences HERE

The Summit session types will include:

Capacity Building Workshops: in-depth, hands-on professional development workshops addressing a specific topic related to cultural arts access. Capacity building workshops can be 2 hours, 4 hours, 8 hours, and may be repeated on multiple days and will be offered from 11th-12th May in cultural venues across Dublin city.  All Capacity Building Workshops must include an interactive component that will engage adult learners and can be offered in several formats:

  • Classroom – These sessions provide practical tips, tools and resources that attendees can use to start or improve initiatives, programmes, or services.
  • Skills Building – These hands-on sessions are designed to teach participants a tangible skill.
  • Think Tank – These highly interactive and discussion-based sessions provide an opportunity for conversation.

From Access to Inclusion Symposium: A dynamic programme of keynotes, discussion panels, case studies and demonstrations which will take place at Printworks Conference Centre, Dublin Castle from 13th-14th May.   The Symposium is intended to offer the opportunity to exchange ideas and discover new and innovative ways to include and welcome everyone in the following formats:

  • Snapshots: 15 minute informal presentations given at round tables with 10-15 participants at a time.
  • Discussion Panels: 1 hour chaired discussions offering in-depth multiple perspectives on or approaches to a single topic.
  • Case Studies: 10 minute presentation reflecting on innovative ways to include and welcome everyone.
  • Demonstrations: 5 minute presentation on a new technology making arts, cultural and visitor experiences accessible.  

ADI and The Kennedy Center will accept proposals for any of the summit session types outlined above.

ADI and The Kennedy Center ask that proposals focus on the following themes:

  • Access Services and Programmes
  • Accessibility Policy
  • Aesthetically Accessible Performances, Exhibits or Visitor Experiences
  • Customer Service and Staff Training
  • Evaluation and Research
  • Leadership and Advocacy
  • Legal Requirements (in different jurisdictions)
  • Marketing and Audience Development
  • Education, Outreach and Public Engagement
  • Organisational Buy-in and Planning
  • Technology
  • Universal Design

The Summit audience will include:

Professionals at all levels in the arts, cultural and tourism sectors such as those working in: venues, festivals, galleries, museums, heritage sites and visitor experiences.  In addition to those who deliver, programme or present accessible and inclusive experiences, From Access to Inclusion 2020 is relevant for policy makers, funders and administrators who are committed to embedding a more holistic approach to accessible arts and cultural programming at a local, regional, national and international level.

Submitting a proposal:

The deadline for proposals is midnight GMT/UTC, Tuesday 12th November 2019.

Abstracts must be sent using WeTransfer to Síle Stewart, Arts & Disability Ireland, at sile@adiarts.ie and must contain:

  • Full name, job title and institution (if applicable)
  • Email address and telephone number
  • Personal Biography (150 words max)
  • Proposed Theme(s)
  • Proposed Title
  • Proposed Format
  • Proposal Abstract (350 words max)

Sessions will be selected by and at the sole discretion of the Summit content committee under the supervision of ADI and The Kennedy Center.

Speakers must be available to present in person from 11th – 14th May 2020. The language of the Summit will be English.

Please note that as the Summit will run 11th-14th May, presenters may be asked to cover some of their own costs for attending. This may include travel, hotel accommodation, ticketed evening events and meal costs.  All arrangements will be outlined in a letter of offer to selected presenters.

Presenters may submit one proposal. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.

The Summit will not address professional development for artists with disabilities or arts education. For resources for artists, please visit the ADI website: www.adiarts.ie.

How to use WeTransfer:

  • Go to www.wetransfer.com
  • Add your files: select all of the files you want to submit
  • Email to: sile@adiarts.ie
  • Your email: (insert your own email address)
  • Message: From Access to Inclusion 2020 application – (insert your name)
  • Click Transfer

You will receive a confirmation email from WeTransfer stating that the files have been sent and a confirmation email when the files are downloaded by ADI.

Find a printable version of the brief and supporting information HERE




Postponed to 22nd – 25th March 2021

From Access to Inclusion 2020 will gather the most thought provoking leaders and advocates in access and inclusion in arts and culture.

This dynamic Summit will be a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and discover new and innovative ways to create accessible and inclusive experiences.

From Access to Inclusion 2020 will include three strands; Capacity Building Workshops, the From Access to Inclusion Symposium and a programme of Evening Cultural Events.

Capacity Building Workshops
11th and 12th May, various cultural venues

Participate in a stimulating range of practical workshops run by internationally acknowledged experts.

These intimate workshops, held in Dublin’s world famous cultural institutions will offer a real opportunity to participate and learn.  Gain a toolbox of skills which arts and cultural professionals will be able to implement with ease and confidence.

From Access to Inclusion 2020 Symposium
13th and 14th May, Dublin Castle

An international gathering of access professionals and advocates exploring how to provide seamless, person-centred experiences in arts and culture, through a dynamic programme of keynotes, discussion panels, case studies and demonstrations.  The Symposium offers an unprecedented opportunity to exchange ideas and discover new and innovative ways to include and welcome everyone.

Evening Cultural Events
11th, 12th, 13th and 14th May, various cultural venues

An exciting programme of Evening Cultural Events will take place from 11th to 14th May at various cultural venues across Dublin featuring access and inclusion in action.

This Summit will be essential for professionals at all levels in the arts, cultural and tourism sectors such as those working in: venues, festivals, galleries, museums, heritage sites and visitor experiences.  In addition to those who deliver, programme or present accessible and inclusive experiences, From Access to Inclusion 2020 is relevant for policy makers, funders and administrators who are committed to embedding a more holistic approach to accessible arts and cultural programming at a local, regional, national and international level.

Want to get involved? Arts & Disability Ireland and The Kennedy Center are also seeking proposals for From Access to Inclusion 2020 programme. Find out more HERE

Arts & Disability Ireland are delighted to be partnering and collaborating with The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Office of VSA,Washington D.C. From Access to Inclusion 2020 is modeled on The Kennedy Center’s conference, Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®), the largest annual convening of access professionals and advocates in North America.

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In the 6th year of this funding scheme €30,500 has been awarded to 14 artists with disabilities through New Work, Mentoring and Training awards.

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 year 2 artists received New Work awards.

Tia Vellani is a musician and visual artist based in Kilkenny. In partnership with the Alternative Kilkenny Arts Fringe, Tia will create a new work called ‘What is the Sound of One Heart Dancing?’. A dance, music and visual art installation that will take place at the Auxiliary Hospital Kilkenny.

Yvonne Condon is a Cork based visual artist and Crawford Supported Studio member. In partnership with the Crawford Art Gallery and with the support of Cork City Council, Yvonne will create a large scale public artwork, potentially in the Port of Cork.

Mentoring awards give artists the resources to develop a mentoring relationship with another arts professional. Over six months artists work on an element of their practice with their mentor. This year 5 artists received Mentoring awards.

Brianna Hurley is a Kilkenny based visual artist and KCAT Studio member who will work with architect Neasa Hourigan to explore how traditional stone buildings and contemporary architecture can inform her visual art and architecture practice.

Corina Duyn a puppeteer, designer and playwright based in Waterford will work with theatre maker, puppeteer and set designer Emma Fisher to develop her process of creating stories, her puppetry practice and devise accessible ways to operate puppets.

Philip Kenny is a Dublin based writer and spoken word poet who will work with writer Arnold Thomas Fanning to expand his practice and get critical feedback while he works towards creating a new body of work.

Sahaja Budzilla a visual artist based in Co Limerick will work with visual artist Brian Maguire to forge connections with other artists in Ireland and transition to making large scale public sculptures.

Tom O’Sullivan is a Cork based visual artist and Crawford Supported Studio member who will work with visual artist Tom Climent to experience other artist studios and develop his painting practice.

Training awards give artists the resources to learn skills through courses, workshops and masterclasses facilitated by arts organisations, artists and arts professionals. This year 7 artists received Training awards.

Elizabeth McCormack a Galway based musician will work with vocal coach Michel Durham to build her confidence towards recording material with her band Electric Dreams.

Emilie Conway is a jazz singer, composer and lyricist based in Dublin who will work with percussionist Thomas Duffy to gain a deeper understanding of Brazilian and Afro-Brazilian rhythms.

Íde Ní Shúilleabháin a Cork based visual artist and Crawford Supported Studio member will attend silkscreen and etching workshops at Cork Printmakers.

Karol Mac Gairbheith is a visual artist based in Letterkenny based who will attend a life drawing course at the RHA and a drawing workshop at the Burren College of Art.

Mary Crossin is a harp player based in Co Donegal who will work with Irish harp performer, composer and teacher Dr Janet Harbison to expand her repertoire and ability to compose and arrange music for recording.

Stephen Garland a playwright and performer based in Longford will attend a Creative Writing for Publication course at NUI Maynooth.

Tiernan Jones is a Carlow based musician who will work with composer, performer, songwriter, arranger, producer and teacher Carole Nelson to prepare for Grade 8 clarinet exams and develop his skills as a composer.

‘2019 was the most competitive and successful year of the Arts and Disability Connect scheme. The awards will give 14 artists with disabilities in Ireland the opportunity to realise their creative vision, enter exciting collaborations and acquire new skills.’ Pádraig Naughton, Executive Director of Arts & Disability Ireland.

The Arts and Disability Connect scheme is funded by the Arts Council and managed by Arts & Disability Ireland. The next round of Arts and Disability Connect will be in 2020.

Image caption: Caitríona (Tara Breathnach) and Mara (Orla Ní Thiobraide) in a scene from NoRopes Theatre Company’s production of Wake at the Town Hall Studio. Wake was directed by Mairéad Folan and written by Deirdre Sullivan. Mairéad Folan received an Arts and Disability Connect New Work award in 2018 and a Mentoring Award in 2017. Photo: Seán Ó Mainnín, 2019


Image of Creative Connections Conference Galway 2016. Photo: Reg Gordon



Application deadline has now passed.

Arts & Disability Ireland is seeking to recruit an Event Manager for the specified purpose of organising and managing our From Access to Inclusion summit, to be held in Dublin in May 2020.

From Access to Inclusion 2020, An Arts and Culture Summit will be an international gathering of access professionals and advocates exploring how to provide seamless, person-centred experiences in arts and culture, through a dynamic programme of keynotes, discussion panels, case studies, workshops and demonstrations. Accompanied by an evening programme of cultural events featuring access and inclusion in action, the Summit will draw together professionals at all levels in the arts, cultural and tourism sectors such as those working in: venues, festivals, galleries, museums, heritage sites and visitor experiences. In addition to those who deliver, programme or present accessible and inclusive experiences.

Reporting directly to ADI’s Executive Director, the Event Manager will be responsible for planning, organising and implementing the Summit, and will also assist with managing a range of ADI’s other projects and services from time to time.

Event Manager Job Description

Applications should include a cover letter and CV and can be sent as follows:

  • by email: recruitment@adiarts.ie, containing Events Manager in the subject line.
  • in hard copy, marked for the attention of Mr. Pádraig Naughton, Executive Director, Arts & Disability Ireland, 4th Floor, Sean O’Casey Centre, St. Mary’s Road North, East Wall, Dublin 3.

Closing Date for Applications: 4pm, Monday, 27th May, 2019.
Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 4th June, 2019.

ADI’s Recruitment Privacy Notice is available for download here.




In association with Creative Ireland Programme & Tipperary County Council

‘Immersion & Inclusion’ is a two-month creative engagement that develops performances to connect creative practitioners with young people and their communities that often find themselves outside creative performance & engagement. It is our ambition is to support artists to develop their performance into an inclusive and engaged piece for these audiences and their families. This may include elements such as Sign Language, Sensory Experiences or even Non-Verbal Communication with a view to tour to regional venues across Ireland.

The Open Call is for creative practitioners whose work currently engages with young audiences, ages 5+ in all performance disciplines, including but not limited to theatre, puppetry, spoken word, literature dance etc.

The project is a two-month creative engagement, July – August 2019, in which we will provide a space for a practitioner to develop their performance to be an inclusive engaged piece suitable to tour regional venues. We would also provide financial support of €2,500 to enable them to concentrate on their artistic practice. In addition to a stipend, the project includes an accommodation allowance of €500, a private office with wifi, use of the Nenagh Arts Centre facilities, (Dance Studio & Theatre) as well as administrative and communication support with an aim to develop a marketing pack to include images and video.

Access to the Arts Centre is available Monday – Friday, from 9am -5.30pm, some Saturday’s & evenings may also be available.

Required:

  • a minimum of 3 days a week is spent at Nenagh Arts Centre
  • the Creative Ireland, Tipperary County Council & Nenagh Arts Centre Logo’s appear on all marketing material
  • the opening performance is held at Nenagh Arts Centre
  • closing date is Friday 31st May at 5pm

Nenagh Arts Centre are passionate about supporting the creation of work that not only increases access to the arts but more importantly increases participation, engagement & inclusion.

Apply Here




Project Arts Centre and Arts & Disability Ireland are delighted to announce the recipient of the REALISE production award for theatre and contemporary dance artists with disabilities.

The REALISE Award is designed to support the production and presentation of ambitious new work by individual artists. It represents an exciting opportunity to present ambitious new work that reflects the complexity of contemporary life in Ireland to a diverse audience.

The final recipient is playwright Roderick Ford. Roderick will receive a production award of €40,000 for production of his play The Spider’s House at Project Arts Centre in February 2020.

Speaking about his successful application, Roderick Ford said:
“Winning the Realise Production Award was a delight; especially as Project is the ideal venue for my gothic play The Spider’s House.”

Project’s Artistic Director, Cian O’Brien, said:
“I have been following Roderick’s work for a number of years and I am thrilled to be presenting his play in February 2020. He will collaborate with a top notch team of theatre artists to bring this dark, gothic tale to our audiences.”

Speaking on behalf of Arts & Disability Ireland, Pádraig Naughton, Executive Director, said:
“I have watched Roderick’s transition from poet to playwright over the last 4 years and the transformation has been astounding. Through Arts and Disability Connect, a scheme ADI manages on behalf of the Arts Council, he received funding which culminated in a series of readings in 2017 and 2018. To see Roderick be awarded the opportunity to take The Spider’s House to full production at Project Arts Centre is a huge pleasure for us at Arts & Disability Ireland and an enormous achievement for him.”

Project Arts Centre and Arts & Disability Ireland have a long history of supporting artists and are working together to support artists with disabilities to produce high quality work for presentation.


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Creative Enquiry – Arts and Older People is an investigative collaborative venture that creatively explores fresh approaches to arts engagement with older people and advances best practice models.

The focus of the Creative Enquiry is three artist-residency and older-people-engagement projects, hosted by three distinct arts organisations: the city-based multi-disciplinary Cork Midsummer Festival; Music Alive, a county-wide arts and mental health organisation; and Sirius Arts Centre, an arts venue located in the heritage town of Cobh.

The Creative Enquiry – Arts and Older People programme draws on the creative inputs and specialist know-how of the different partners that make up the consortium. Creative Enquiry is an initiative of two Cork based local authorities, Cork City Council and Cork County Council arts offices in strategic partnership with, Age & Opportunity, the National organisation that promotes more positive attitudes to older people and, the HSE Cork Kerry Community Healthcare-Cork South Community Work Department, facilitating community health and well-being initiatives, and, the three independent partner arts organisations.

The Creative Enquiry partners share the following value statement:

There is a universal right to participate in arts and culture. The arts has the potential to be transformative, to change and influence the attitudes and experiences of citizens. The arts can impact our wellbeing through the whole of our lives.

To sustain the arts we need to interrogate how art is made accessible, innovative and engaging. We need to embed access to the arts in our values as organisations but also action those values in what we deliver. Sometimes this is about policy development, about advocacy, about inspiration, about co-creating and sometimes this is about addressing practical barriers.

The Creative Enquiry consortium would like to investigate this statement and the following questions as part of its artist residency and older people engagement programme:

What are the barriers to participation in the arts for older people?

  • How can we improve pathways for older people to engage in more arts projects?
  • How can we assist older people to overcome barriers and increase their access and participation in arts projects addressing both creative and social needs?

How can we characterise quality arts engagement for older people?

  • How can we define ‘meaningful’ and ‘quality’ opportunities in the context of the arts and older people?
  • How then can we facilitate meaningful opportunities for creative engagement and dialogue with older people?
  • What do models of best practice look like in the context of your host residency organisation?
  • How can we ensure the exploration and development of quality arts opportunities with older people?
  • How can we create reciprocal relationships between artists, arts organisations and older people?

What do the arts offer us as we age?

  • Do the arts offer something different from other types of social activities that contribute to the wellbeing of older people?
  • Does the experience of participating in the arts offer something different to other ways of experiencing the arts?

We invite artists to respond creatively to the above statement and questions.

Criteria

  • The artist is invited to interrogate and challenge this statement and questions as part of a residency with one of the three host organisations, either: Cork Midsummer Festival; Music Alive; or, Sirius Arts Centre.
  • We expect this response to be an experimental, creative and innovative process rather than a formal research response.
  • We expect an outcome to be presented within each host organisation.
  • The artist is required to document the residency ( e.g. through image, text and the spoken word) in conjunction with the project manager, to feed into a final collaborative publication.
  • As part of the residency there will be collaborative sharing event between partners and a publication launch.

For further details on the residency opportunities and how to apply, view the information document by clicking here. Full details on the specific Cork Midsummer Festival residency as part of Creative Enquiry, and how to apply, can be found here.

Creative Enquiry – Arts and Older People is financially supported by: the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon Invitation to Collaboration scheme; Cork City Council; Cork County Council; and, the HSE Cork Kerry Community Healthcare-Cork South Community Work Department, with in kind support from Age & Opportunity, and each host arts organisation.

(Photo details: Charlie who lives in Kilcroney Lodge at Saint Joseph’s Shankill, as part of Age & Opportunity’s Artist in Residence in a Care Setting 2019. Image by Motoko Fujita.)




In 2017, Butler Gallery Kilkenny commissioned Arts & Disability Ireland to audio describe 160 artworks from their permanent collection. This was made possible through the Arts and Culture Small Capital Grants Scheme funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Arts & Disability Ireland and Butler Gallery have been working in partnership to provide audio description for visitors who are blind or visually impaired between 2013 and 2018.

We have audio described one exhibition each year at Butler Gallery over these 6 years. Art Makes Children Powerful by Bob & Roberta Smith (2013), The Talking Earth by Amy Walsh (2014), My Minds i by Janet Mullarney (2015), Block and Receive by Cliona Harmey (2016), Personae: Butler Gallery Collection featuring loans from the IMMA Collection (2017) and The Breadwinner by Cartoon Saloon (2018).

Discovery Pens have been available to give access to additional information about these exhibitions. Using the pens audiences who are blind or visually impaired can explore the art works through artists’ statements, curatorial statements and audio descriptions of the work.

For more information on this partnership and the exhibitions above see:
https://adiarts.ie/arts/partnerships/butler-gallery/


Arts and Disability Connect funding scheme for artists with disabilities 2018 Logo and graphic



Arts and Disability Connect scheme deadline: Monday 8 April 2019 at 4pm.

The Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland announce the deadline for Arts and Disability Connect, an awards scheme for artists with disabilities in the Republic of Ireland.
Specifically targeted at individual artists with disabilities Arts and Disability Connect includes New Work, Mentoring and Training awards. The scheme 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.

Application forms and guidelines for Arts and Disability Connect 2019 will be available to download from Monday 18 February at www.adiarts.ie/connect.

Arts & Disability Ireland will host a series of information clinics nationwide, locations and dates of the clinics will be announced shortly. For general queries about the awards please contact: Amie Lawless amie@adiarts.ie/ 01 8509006.

Arts and Disability Connect is Funded by the Arts Council and managed by Arts & Disability Ireland.




Mayo County Council Arts Service have announced details of their forthcoming Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent (KCAT) Residency.

The residency will see five artists from the Callen based artists’s collective spend a week facilitating visual arts workshops with groups and artists with disabilities throughout Mayo from 19th to 22nd March 2019.

Groups participating in the residency include Carrowbeg Artists Collective in Westport, Mayo Artsquad in Castlebar, Luisne Art Group in Ballinrobe and Western Care Visual Arts Group in Erris.

KCAT is a multi-disciplinary arts centre dedicated to the fostering and nurturing of creative ambition and professional development in the arts. Founded in 1999, the centre has continued to grow, develop and evolve according to demand and need. The ethos of the work at KCAT is firmly committed to realising the artistic ambition of the individual artists at the centre, a flexible approach to their development, access and inclusion for all and sustainability and continuity.

Artists from KCAT have a long history of exhibiting work nationally and internationally and will spend four days facilitating and sharing their skills and knowledge with local groups in Mayo. For further information go to www.kcat.ie.

The residency project is one of a number of projects that have been made possible with funding from Creative Ireland, Mayo.
For further details on the residency please contact Damien O’Connor, Disability Arts Coordinator, Mayo County Council on 094 906 4363 or doconnor@mayococo.ie


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Music Network today welcomed the announcement by Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, confirming funding of €270,250 for the Music Capital Scheme 2019.

The Music Capital Scheme, supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and managed by Music Network, comprises two distinct awards that provide funding for the purchase of musical instruments to both non-professional performing groups and to professional musicians.

The Music Capital Scheme opened for applications on Thursday 14th February with a deadline of 2pm, Thursday 21st March 2019. Further information is available at musicnetwork.ie/musicians/funding.

For further details, please contact Sarah Cunningham by telephone 01 475 0224 or email capitalscheme@musicnetwork.ie.


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Mayo County Council’s Arts Service has made a considerable commitment to the development of quality Arts and Disability activity in County Mayo through flagship projects and ongoing programmes.

Since 2010, through the UPSTART programme, the Arts Service has provided funding for 46 collaborative projects involving arts organizations, artists, venues, disability organizations/ groups of people with disabilities.

The collaborative projects in Mayo have led to a variety of extremely high-quality artistic outcomes including exhibitions, films, workshops, music, theatre and dance performances.

If you would like to apply to the scheme please download an application form, with information about the eligibility criteria, at this link:
www.mayo-upstart.ie

The deadline for applications is 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 3rd April 2019.

Information sessions will be held at:

• Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet on 27th February from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
• Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar on 6th March from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
• Ballina Arts Centre, Ballina on 13th March from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

For further information, or if you would like to book a one-to-one session to discuss a project application, contact Damien O’Connor, Disability Arts Co-ordinator on 094 906 4363 or doconnor@mayococo.ie


Performers in Trickster Ignite Galway at the Black Box



Project Arts Centre and Arts & Disability Ireland are delighted to announce the shortlisted artists for the Realise production award for theatre and contemporary dance artists with disabilities.

This award is designed to support the production and presentation of ambitious new work by individual artists with disabilities.

The 4 shortlisted artists are:

  • Conor Geoghegan
  • Emma Fisher
  • Roderick Ford
  • Tara Brandel

The 4 shortlisted artists will receive mentoring support from Lucy Ryan, consultant producer prior to submitting their final applications on 21st February 2019.

The final recipient of Realise will receive a production award of €40,000 for presentation of their new work at Project Arts Centre during the winter 2019/20 programme.

Project Arts Centre and Arts & Disability Ireland have a long history of supporting artists and are working together to support artists with disabilities to produce high quality work for presentation.

Read more about Realise Production Award


Touch Tour at Abbey Theatre



Abbey Theatre introduces Touch Tours at audio described performances of Richard III, Asking For It and Come From Away.

Richard III by Druid Shakespeare
Saturday 27th October, 2018.
Performance starts at 2pm. Touch Tour at 12.45pm
To book tickets contact Lisa Farrelly on 01 87 87 222, or email lisa.farrelly@abbeytheatre.ie
Read more here

Asking For It, the stage adaptation of Louise O’Neill’s best selling novel
Saturday 24th November, 2018.
Performance starts at 2pm. Touch Tour at 12.45pm.
To book tickets contact Lisa Farrelly on 01 87 87 222, or email lisa.farrelly@abbeytheatre.ie. Tickets selling fast!
Read more here

Come From Away, Winner of Best Musical across North America and Critics Pick – New York Times.
Saturday 19th January 2019
Performance starts at 2pm. Touch Tour at 12.45pm
To book tickets contact Lisa Farrelly on 01 87 87 222, or email lisa.farrelly@abbeytheatre.ie.
Read more here

What is a Touch Tour?
Audiences are invited to attend a touch tour of the set, the stage, props and costumes so that audiences with visual impairments can experience and contextualise the stage. Patrons will explore the space, and may like to handle selected props, costumes and furniture.

Who can take a touch tour?
Touch tours are open to blind and visually impaired theatregoers attending the show plus their companions. Up to 10 people can take a tour.

How much does it costs?
It is free to customers who have purchased a ticket to for the performance.

How do I book?
Please contact Lisa Farrelly on 01 87 87 222, or email lisa.farrelly@abbeytheatre.ie.

When?
Meet in the foyer of the Abbey Theatre to begin the tour at 12.45pm on the day of the audio described performance.

In order for the Abbey to give you advice on best seating for all accessible performances, please contact the Box Office on 01 87 87 222 , or via email lisa.farrelly@abbeytheatre.ie. You can also contact Lisa by telephone on 01 887 2216.


Performers in Trickster Ignite Galway at the Black Box



Project Arts Centre and Arts & Disability Ireland announce a major new production award for theatre and contemporary dance artists with disabilities. This award is designed to support the production and presentation of ambitious new work by individual artists with disabilities.

What does the Realise Production Award include?
• Production award of €40,000 for presentation of new work at Project Arts Centre
• Production workshop (open to all interested applicants pre-application)
• Mentoring support from consultant producer for 4 short-listed artists prior to final application
• Post-application production support for the successful applicant

Deadline for expression of interest application:
Thursday, 15th November, 2018 at 4pm
Expression of interest application form and guidelines will be available to download from 15th October.

Project Arts Centre and Arts & Disability Ireland have a long history of supporting artists and are working together to support artists with disabilities to produce high quality arts and disability work for presentation.

For Project Arts Centre, this is an exciting opportunity to extend its supports for artists, and to present ambitious new work that reflects the complexity of contemporary life in Ireland to a diverse audience. This award is supported by the Project 50 Commissioning Fund.

Arts & Disability Ireland have identified the need for a production award through its experience of managing the Arts and Disability Connect funding scheme for artists with disabilities. This production award will fund an artist to produce and present a new work, which is beyond the scope of the current scheme.

What artforms are eligible?
Individual artists with disabilities working in theatre and contemporary dance are eligible to apply.

Timeline and application information
Artists are invited to submit an expression of interest application by Thursday, 15th November at 4pm. Expression of interest application form and guidelines are available to download from 15th October at projectartscentre.ie/realiseaward or adiarts.ie/realise-production-award

If you require further information please contact:
Arts & Disability Ireland
Amie Lawless by email amie@adiarts.ie or telephone 01 850 9002 or
Project Arts Centre
Orla Moloney/ Cian O’Brien by email realise@projectartscentre.ie or by telephone 01 881 9613.


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Fire Station Artists’ Studios offers city centre, subsidised, live/work, residential studios for professional visual artists.

We are delighted to announce that, due to a change in circumstances, two residencies will be made available from November 2018.

The studios are let from a period of between one year and one year ten months. You can view more detail on Studio 5 and Studio 10 on their website.

In addition to accommodation, resident artists have free access to high-end computers, software, WiFi, technical expertise and support, and also subsidised access to digital equipment and sculpture workshop space.

This is a competitive selection process. Selection panel includes: Fire Station representatives, external curator and an independent artist.

Applicants will be notified by the 8th of October, with the studios becoming available on 18th November.

Apply through the online system only from Monday, 27th of August at 10am.

Enquiries to artadmin@firestation.ie

Online Application will open: Monday 27th August, 2018, 10am
Closing Date for Applications: Friday 28th September, 2018, 5pm


Performance art and music by Ailís Ní Ríain at Dublin Fringe Festival



Would you like to volunteer for I Used to Feel at Dublin Fringe Festival?

Dublin Fringe Festival
21-23 September 2018

Supported by Arts & Disability Ireland

The venue is The Marker Hotel Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin 2

All show-times are during the day between 21-23rd September.

12:30, 13:10, 13:50, 14:45, 15:25, 16:05

Ailís Ní Ríain requires 2 volunteers per day to welcome the audience who arrive at the hotel and to take them up to the room where the performance takes place.
You should dress is black and white, tidy, as if you are hotel staff. You will tell the audience three piece of information as you take them up to the room. You will be told what to say. It is very casual, like you are ‘gossiping hotel staff’.

When the performance is finished you will return the audience down to the lobby of the hotel where they will leave. The hotel is accessible for wheelchairs.

You will need to feel comfortable welcoming the audience, making sure they have tickets and gather them together at their correct performance time to bring them up to the performance.

Ailís Ní Ríain is the main contact for the production and will talk each volunteer through the details in person on the day of the performances. For those who sign, there will be ISL interpretation available for this.

Weblink: http://www.fringefest.com/festival/whats-on/i-used-to-feel

If you are interested, please email the show’s creator Ailís – mail@ailis.info




Open call for contemporary artists working with photography
Application deadline: 5th September, 2018.

The Parted Veil: Commemoration in photographic practices will be an exhibition of Irish artists who use the photographic image to consider ideas of remembrance and celebration, and especially to reflect how intimate experiences express the wider events shaping our contemporary world.

The exhibition will be held in the Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork.

A dedicated publication will accompany the exhibition and will feature artworks from the exhibition, texts from Irish poets and contextual essays by the curators.

We invite contemporary artists from across the island of Ireland to submit photographic works for inclusion in the exhibition. The proposed works should explore the the relationship between the photographic image and commemoration, the importance of individual perspectives to national discourse, and how our collective memory is shaped through photography.

To apply, you will need to submit an artist’s statement, your CV, and up to 5 examples of your photography.

More information is available on the Glucksman’s website or by downloading the word document below:

Open Call Information Sheet


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Ablevision Ireland announce a call for entries to their Fourth International Film Festival.

“We are all very excited about our film festival and hope you will join us in this celebration of filmmaking” – Ablevision

A media production and training company, Ablevision supports the creative and artistic development of adults with Intellectual Disabilities. Their production crews are encouraged to speak up and challenge expectations about what can be achieved by making their work more visible and valued by the community as a whole, and to serve as role models for all adults with intellectual disabilities.

Previous Film Festivals have seen entries from the UK, US, South America, Ethiopia and Ireland. Ablevision have been featured on RTÉ’s Morning Edition, Sky TV, and had screenings of work in Belfast, New York, Adelaide, and Moscow.

Closing date for entries is 14th September 2018.

All films must be made by/with adults with intellectual disability.

Entries by online link or DVD format, to download an entry form visit www.ablevisionireland.com

For further information, contact:
John Delany: john@ablevisionireland.com
Tony Conaghy: tconaghy@droichead.com or telephone 041 983 3946.


Entropy by Katie Moore at Linenhall Arts Centre



The Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Arts & Disability Ireland announce recipients of the Arts and Disability Connect scheme 2018

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

2018 marks the fifth year of this Arts Council scheme managed by Arts & Disability Ireland. €29,052 has been awarded to thirteen artists under the scheme’s three strands: New Work, Mentoring and Training.

Pádraig Naughton, Executive Director of Arts & Disability Ireland says, “At the heart of every Arts and Disability Connect award is the chance to engage in new learning experiences, build new working relationships and to reach new audiences. Above all else it is an opportunity for all thirteen artists to further develop their professional practice and reach a new level of creative ambition”.

Mairéad Folan and Vukašin Nedeljković have been awarded New Work awards.

Mairéad, the Galway based Artistic Director of NoRopes Theatre Company, will stage the world première of Wake by award-winning author Deirdre Sullivan in partnership with Town Hall Theatre.  Inspired by the barren landscape of rural Galway, Wake offers a feminist’s take on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale The Little Mermaid, to explore the ways in which society approaches unspoken things.

Vukašin has received a New Work award to present photographic work which documents Direct Provision Centres in Ireland.  In collaboration with Unit 4 at Basic Space in Dublin, Vukašin will present new photographs and sound recordings during Refugee Week to critically foreground accounts of exile, displacement, trauma, memory and marginalisation under the Direct Provision scheme.

Seven artists received Mentoring awards.

Dr. Noel O’Connell, a playwright based in Co Limerick, will work with Dr. Marie Kelly and Fionn Woodhouse at University College Cork to develop an ethnodrama which transforms real-life stories of deaf peoples’ experiences of marginalisation.

David Joyce, a Galway based playwright, will work with Eileen Gibbons to stage rehearsed readings of his scripts and to progress and broaden his writing abilities.

Suzie McCormack, a visual artist based in Dublin, will work with visual and textile artist Maeve Mulrennan in Galway to develop journaling, curating and portfolio development technique to progress and expand her studio practice.

Ruth Larkin, a visual artist from Dublin, will work with Offaly artist Ann Lawlor to explore the themes of time, cycles, and science as well as Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man concept in a Sci-Art context.

Thomas Martin from Co Wexford will team up with mentor Sylvia Cullen to develop his writing practice through an exploration of non-rhyming poetry, blank verse and a satirical approach to short story writing in a current affairs context.

Maureen Portsmouth (Mo Harte), a performance artist, audio describer, and dancer based in Dublin will work with mentor Amanda Coogan to explore methods of accessing kinetic wisdom and endurance through embodied arts practice.

Sean Hillen, a photo artist based in Dublin, will work with Tanya Kiang of the Gallery of Photography to develop a set of curatorial and networking skills to apply to editing and mounting exhibitions, and perhaps a publication, of his ambitious and well-known works.

Four artists were awarded Training awards:

Mohetia Furniss, a visual and performance artist based in Co Leitrim will undergo training courses with sound artist Cathal Roche, soprano Eunjoo Goh, and jazz vocalist Lauren Kinsella to support her work towards a multimedia installation exhibit.

Roderick Ford, a playwright based in Dublin and previous recipient of Mentoring and New Work awards, will continue his transition from poetry to playwriting with the support of a series of dramaturgical masterclasses with Pamela McQueen at The New Theatre in Dublin.

Emilie Conway, a jazz performer based in Dublin will train with Gearóidín Breathnach and Karan Casey during the Blas programme at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in the University of Limerick to bring elements of Irish traditional song, storytelling and Sean-Nós into her professional practice.

Caroline Naughton, a visual artist from Co Roscommon, will work with visual artist Danika Casey to develop painting and paper-making techniques to apply to her practice.

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.

Banner Image: Entropy by Katie Moore

Entropy was supported by an Arts and Disability Connect New Work award in 2017.
It was exhibited in Linenhall Arts Centre 4th May – 2nd June 2018. For more information, click here.


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Blue Diamond Drama Academy are recruiting students for their 2 year, full-time drama training in Dundrum, Dublin.

Founded in 2016, Blue Diamond was set up to address the needs of talented students with intellectual disability and a passion for drama, who want to gain formal training in performing arts.  The course introduces students to performance skills, to work with expert tutors from leading theatre companies, and participate in an end of term public performance.

Additional course details are available at the Blue Diamond website.

Successful applicants will be invited to an audition & workshop on 16th or 17th of July.

For more information contact Niamh or Kate

Niamh@bluediamonddrama.ie  Kate@bluediamonddrama.ie

or reference the documents below:

BD Application form 2018

INFORMATION ABOUT BLUE DIAMOND DRAMA ACADEMY




The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has launched a public consultation on proposed changes to the BAI’s Access Rules, which govern the amount of subtitling, Irish Sign Language and audio description that Irish television broadcasters must offer to the public.

The objective of the rules is to increase the understanding and enjoyment of television for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or partially sighted and those who are hard of hearing and partially sighted. The consultation will remain open until 27th July 2018 and the BAI is seeking responses from the general public, representative groups and broadcasters. The revisions are being proposed following the completion in 2017 of a statutory review of the Access Rules.

Commenting, chairperson of the BAI, Professor Pauric Travers, said: “The Access Rules have been in place since 2005 and they have contributed significantly to increasing access to and enjoyment of television services for target groups. Advances in technology and the switchover to digital TV in 2012 have also provided new methods by which broadcasters can provide programming to the Irish viewing audience, which includes those who avail of access services. However, we must seek to build on what has been achieved to date.

“The review undertaken by the BAI as part of this consultation found that the quantity and range of service provision on television services continues to increase annually. The quality and reliability of access service provision has also improved over this time, but challenges remain in this area. The review also found that the rules are, for the most part, in line with best practice at European and international level, with new approaches from other jurisdictions having informed the proposed changes to the Rules.”

Chief executive of the BAI, Michael O’Keeffe said: “Previously, the Access Rules contained target ranges that set out the percentage of programming that should have subtitling, Irish Sign Language or audio description on each television channel. It is now being proposed that rather than a range, a specific target figure will be set. Specific target figures have been set out for the main broadcasters for 2019 and 2020, while the BAI will consult with broadcasters with regard to targets for the 2021 – 2023 period.

The draft Rules also include a proposed obligation for TV3 to provide Irish Sign Language, reflecting the stage of development of the broadcaster and the new status given to this language in the Irish Sign Language Act 2017. Under the proposed changes, broadcasters will also be required to have an Access Liaison Officer to improve the communication flow between stations and access users.

Submissions can be made by email, online or in hard copy. Online submissions can be made via the BAI website, by email to access@bai.ie or hard copy submissions can be made in writing to the Access Officer, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, 2-5 Warrington Place, Dublin D02 XP29. The deadline for receipt of submissions is Friday 27th July 2018. Copies of the draft Rules and Irish Sign Language and audio versions of the consultation document are available here. A copy of the consultation in Braille is available upon request from the BAI.


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Mayo County Council Arts Service invites you to the launch of UPSTART 2018, which will be launched by Gaynor Seville, Acting Arts Officer with Mayo County Council.

UPSTART is an initiative of Mayo County Council’s Arts Service that incentivises quality artistic collaborations between groups/ people with disabilities, artists, art venues and organisations within County Mayo.

UPSTART supports opportunities for people with disabilities to develop arts projects in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities on the 3rd December.

The launch will take place on Wednesday, 11th April at 11am in Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar. It will consist of two short presentations, a question and answer session plus the opportunity to network and discuss project ideas.

Tea and coffee will be available.

All welcome.

R.S.V.P. to the Linenhall Arts Centre, 094 902 3733 or linenhallac@gmail.com.

For more information, see www.mayo-upstart.ie 

Following eight successful rounds of support for 41 projects employing 98 artist/facilitators, involving 571 participants in 13 traditional/non-traditional arts venues on the delivery of 48 visual arts/performing arts events to a total of 2,480 audience members. This year, UPSTART enters it’s ninth round.


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The Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland are delighted to announce the 2018 deadline for Arts and Disability Connect, a funding scheme for artists with disabilities.

Specifically targeted at individual artists with disabilities, Arts and Disability Connect includes New Work, Mentoring and Training awards. The scheme 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 or training.

Arts and Disability Connect deadline: Thursday 26 April at 5pm

Application forms and guidelines for Arts and Disability Connect are available to download from Monday 5 March.

Arts & Disability Ireland are looking forward to visiting Waterford, Sligo, Ennis, Dublin and Portlaoise to talk to artists with disabilities about this funding scheme.

Information clinics:
Tuesday 13th March, 2pm at Garter Lane, Waterford
Tuesday 20th March, 2pm at The Model, Sligo
Thursday 22nd March, 2pm at Glór, Ennis
Tuesday 27th March, 2pm at Project Arts Centre, Dublin
Wednesday 11th April, 2pm at Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise

At these information clinics we will talk through the guidelines, application process and answer any questions artists have about the scheme. Please RSVP in advance to Amie Lawless: amie@adiarts.ie.

If you have any access requirements please let us know. Irish Sign Language, speech to text and a loop system will be available at the Project Arts Centre on Tuesday 27 March. All venues listed are wheelchair accessible.

Arts and Disability Connect is funded by the Arts Council and managed by Arts & Disability Ireland.

Further Information Here, or contact Arts & Disability Ireland at 01 850 9002 or email info@adiarts.ie

Tá leaganacha Gaeilge de na foirmeacha iarratais agus treoirlínte ar fáil ach iad a iarraidh.


Aaron Monaghan as Estragon, Garrett Lombard as Lucky and Marty Rea as Vladimir in Druid’s production of Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett directed by Garry Hynes. Photo Matthew Thompson



Druid’s Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett on national tour.

Druid’s production has been declared ‘the freshest, funniest most affecting production of the play in at least a quarter of a century’ by the Irish Times, ‘a superb reimagining’ by The Guardian, a ‘must-see’ by the Sunday Business Post and ‘a very special night’ by John Kelly.

On a bare road in the middle of nowhere, two world-weary friends await the arrival of the mysterious Godot. While waiting, they speculate, bicker, joke and ponder life’s greater questions. As dusk begins to fall, two figures appear on the horizon.

Directed by Garry Hynes
Starring Garrett Lombard, Aaron Monaghan, Rory Nolan and Marty Rea

Town Hall Theatre, Galway
March 2nd, 2018 at 8pm. Audio described and captioned performance.
Tickets €26 / concession €22
Book tickets online or by phone 091-569777

The Everyman, Cork
March 23rd, 2018 at 7.30pm. Audio described and captioned performance.
Tickets €30 / concession €27
Book tickets online or by phone 021 450 1673

Backstage Theatre, Longford
March 27th, 2018 at 8pm. Audio described and captioned performance.
Tickets €25 / concession €20
Book tickets online or by phone 043 33 47888

National Opera House, Wexford
March 31st, 2018 at 2pm. Audio described and captioned performance.
Matinee Tickets €20
Book tickets online or by phone 053 912 2144

Accessible performances of Waiting for Godot are facilitated by Arts & Disability Ireland with funding from the Arts Council.


Half Light by Bombinate Theatre Company at the Ark with Touch Tour



Half Light is an award-winning play for families and children aged 8+ combining theatre, comedy, live music and storytelling.

Imagine this: you’re walking up a mountain, through a forest of pine trees, and you’re trying to find your Dad. He’s been taken by a monster. Meet Robin, a ten-year-old boy travelling through the magic, fantastical woodland of his father’s storybook.

A tale which is as true as it is untrue; simultaneously fact and fiction. Chaotic yet controlled. Childish yet adult. Half dark and half light.

“tender, heartwarming and hilarious” – The Irish Mirror
“beautifully transportive” ★★★★ – TN2
“clever, funny and utterly engaging” ★★★★ – The Arts Review

Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise
March 8th 2018 at 7pm. Audio described and captioned performance. Touch Tour pre-show at 6pm
Tickets €10 (Family of four €35)
Book tickets online or by phone 057 866 3355

Civic Theatre, Tallaght
March 12th 2018 at 7pm. Audio described and captioned performance. Touch Tour available pre-show at 6pm
Tickets €10 + 1 child goes free. Subsequent children €5 – discount applied at checkout.
Book tickets online or by phone 01 4627477
March 13th 2018 at 10am. Irish Sign Language interpreted performance. This is a schools performance. Student tickets €5, teachers go free.

Suitable for ages 8+
Accessible performances for Half Light are facilitated by Arts & Disability Ireland with funding from the Arts Council.




Arts & Disability Ireland was among 156 organisations to receive their 2018 Strategic Funding announcements on the 20th December. In addition to an increase of 5.5% on 2017, ADI was invited to participate in Arts Council’s multi-annual Strategic Funding programme.

This 3 year funding announcement from Arts Council will allow ADI in line with our new strategic plan, to scale up our impact, through a series of strategic multi-annual projects between now and 2021. To read our full strategic plan for 2017 – 2021, download Leading Change in Arts and Culture here.

Plans for artists with disabilities include a production award which we hope to pilot with Cork Midsummer Festival and Project Arts Centre in 2018-19. Looking further ahead to 2021 we intend to partner with the Ark to develop an open call commissioning process for artists with disabilities to create new work for children, young people and their families.

For audiences we plan to develop and foster local and regional access partnerships, comprising of a combination of multi-disciplinary arts venues, theatres, galleries, museums and festivals which, with our support, can realise an accessible arts infrastructure and shared accessible programme in their locality or region. The first of these access partnerships will begin in Dublin and Galway in 2018 and will be rolled out to other parts of the country in the proceeding years.

In 2020 ADI will host an international conference facilitating a peer to peer exchange with a range of arts and cultural access professionals and advocates from Ireland and abroad. The conference will draw on our longstanding relationship with the annual Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Conference organised by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C., who have committed a budget of $100,000 towards realising the first LEAD Conference outside the United States.

As ADI embarks on this new multi-annual Strategic Funding journey with the Arts Council, we want to acknowledge the work of our board, staff, freelancers and partners who have contributed to bringing us to this point in our development.

Pádraig Naughton
Executive Director
Arts & Disability Ireland


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The Music Capital Scheme, supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and managed by Music Network, provides funding for the purchase of musical instruments to both non-professional performing groups/ensembles and professional musicians.

Applications for the Music Capital Scheme are now open, with a closing date of 12pm (noon) on Tuesday, 20th February, 2018.

Award 1 – Non-Professional Performing Groups

Music Capital Scheme 2017 – Award 1 is intended to support the purchase, maintenance and/or repair of instruments by organisations involved in the non-professional performance of music. It is open directly to non-professional performing groups / ensembles in any genre. It is also open to community, youth and resource organisations and local authorities who oversee music performance in the non-professional sector. Note: applications must relate to instruments that will be used by non-professional performers only, and instruments must be used for rehearsal / tuition and performance.

Award 2 – Individual Professional Performing Musicians

Music Capital Scheme Award 2 is designed to provide support for highly-skilled performing musicians working at a professional level who seek support for the purchase of high quality instruments that are central to their performing career. This award is open to musicians working in any musical genre. It is targeted at those working regularly as a high-level performer in a solo capacity or as part of a small group / chamber ensemble.

For further information please contact Music Network’s Programmes Administrator Sarah Cunningham at telephone 01 475 0224 / programmesadmin@musicnetwork.ie.




Twice yearly, the Arts Council offers grants to enable artists and communities of place and/or interest to work together on projects. The Scheme is managed by Create.

2018 Deadlines: (Round 1) Monday 26th March | (Round 2) Monday 25th June

The scheme is open to artists from any of the following artform disciplines: architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature (Irish and English language), music, opera, theatre, visual arts and traditional arts.

The projects can take place in a diverse range of social and community contexts, e.g. arts and health; arts and cultural diversity; arts and older people; as well as with any communities of interest.

The aim of the scheme is to encourage meaningful collaboration between communities of place and/ or interest and artists. It is essential that consultation take place between the artist and the community group, so that both parties are involved in deciding on the nature of the project realisation. Group ownership of the art should be maintained at every stage. The Project Realisation may result in a variety of outcomes.

For information on the Scheme and how to apply please contact:
Email: support@create-ireland.ie
Tel: 01 473 6600
Web: www.create-ireland.ie




Music Network recently welcomed the announcement by Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, confirming funding of €245,500 for the latest round of the Music Capital Scheme.

The Music Capital Scheme, supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and managed by Music Network, comprises two distinct awards that provide funding for the purchase of musical instruments to both non-professional performing groups and to professional musicians.

The Music Capital Scheme will open for applications on Thursday 11th January 2018 with a deadline of 12pm (noon) on Tuesday 20th February 2018. Further information is available at musicnetwork.ie/musicians/funding.

For further details, please contact Music Network’s Programmes Administrator Sarah Cunningham at telephone 01 475 0224 or email programmesadmin@musicnetwork.ie.


Audiences on the banks of the River Lee for Cork Ignite, Culture Night 2015



Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI) commissioned research to gain an in-depth understanding of how people with disabilities nationwide engage with culture in its broadest sense and with the arts in particular.

The research consisted of a large scale quantitative survey administered via an online survey and interviews in late Spring 2017. A total of 523 people completed the survey. Respondents came from across the disability spectrum. The percentages with particular conditions or difficulties are similar to those in the National Disability Authority’s 2013 Survey except that people with a difficulty with pain, breathing, or any other long lasting illness or condition are under-represented.

Do people with disabilities in Ireland want to engage with the arts? If so, is it worth investing in them?
There are 643,000 people with disabilities in Ireland. That’s 13.5% of the population. The assumption behind ADI’s research was that most don’t engage with the arts. But they do.
86% of people responding to our survey said they had attended at least one arts event including cinema in the past 12 months. If we exclude cinema, it’s 79%. That’s way more than non-disabled people.(1) 90% could describe where they could see live performances or exhibitions in their local area. 37% had been to a live performance or exhibition in the past month.

Why the surprise?
Well, it’s not because our respondents were telling us what they thought we wanted to hear. We were careful not to signal in advance that this was a survey about arts attendance. Instead, we talked about “going out”, asking about a wide range of activities including eating out and going to a garden centre so we don’t think that our sample was skewed. The people who responded could have been overestimating their attendance but that still implies an enthusiasm for the arts, even if they are going less often than they think.
We think we know the reason. It’s because 20 disability and impairment organisations helped us get the survey out to people with disabilities. This means that everyone who answered the survey was an active member of a group. And active people tend to do things – lots of different things, for example both sports and the arts. (2)

But why haven’t we noticed all these people with disabilities in our theatres, concert halls, galleries and museums?
Our survey data suggests lots of reasons. Many disabilities are hidden and our respondents appear surprisingly undemanding. Most seem to be willing to put up with a lot because they want to go to a particular event or activity with their nondisabled friends and family. Besides, many don’t seem to think of themselves as disabled, even though they have impairments. A fifth of our respondents said they were severely limited by their condition but a third said they were not limited at all. It seems that limitations can be about perception. They don’t appear to affect whether someone attended the arts or not. Age was a much bigger factor with those aged over 65 most likely to have attended a live performance or exhibition and those aged under 25 and between 35 and 44 least likely – just like non-disabled arts audiences.
When we talk about access to the arts for people with disabilities, we tend to think in terms of exclusion. It is important and other research emphasises the strong link between social isolation and disability.(3) Because of this, we tend to focus on developing arts participation. But – and it’s a big but – that’s not the issue here.

It’s about attendance, not just participation
Our respondents are arts attenders and almost two thirds want to attend more. (4)

Participation seems to go hand in hand with attendance. 87% of our respondents who had participated in the arts in the past 12 months had also attended a live performance or exhibition in the same period. 64% of those who had attended also participated. If they don’t attend, then they are unlikely to participate. (5)

So I think we all need to rethink our attitude to access.

It makes good business sense to make the arts attendance accessible to people with disabilities – that’s 643,000 of them, remember. 86% already attend and 64% want to do so more often. If we made it possible for just half of them to come one more time, bringing a friend or family member with them, then together we have the potential to earn an additional €7m. (6)

So what’s stopping them?
Our research underlines how important it is not to see people with disabilities as a single group. Their experiences are so different. And even people with a common impairment talk about different things. So, sorry, there’s no magic wand.

Access
13% of our respondents would go to arts events more often if they didn’t have to battle with inadequate access. Many attend anyway but talk about how stressful it is to have to resolve access issues for themselves. For 22% of our respondents it’s poor health that stops them, for example experiencing low energy levels or pain. They say inadequate access makes it worse.

But it’s surprising how lots of small changes would make a huge difference. Like checking the hearing loop is working properly, making sure there are enough seats in public areas, creating a quiet area with carpet to absorb sound and ensuring that those in the area for wheelchair users can still see when people in front of them stand up.

No-one to go with
Some things are harder to resolve. 22% talked about having no-one to go with or not having enough support.

“I am ill and without enough support eg a PA and if I had this I would be enabled.”

“I live alone, friends deceased, no-one to go with, feel the odd-one-out because of my health and mobility problems and people don’t want to know.”

But there are many examples of formal and informal “buddy” schemes where arts enthusiasts support others to attend.

Transport
Another surprise is that many of our respondents don’t find distance a problem, with two thirds of our respondents travelling more than 10km on their last visit to a live performance or exhibition. Just 7% of our respondents said that there were no accessible venues in their area that they could get to easily. But transport is a challenge for 15%:

“Being much less able to get around by myself than I was (I can only use my scooter on the Luas; there isn’t enough turning space on the bus to get off easily).”

Money
25% of our respondents say they can’t afford to go out more often. Those who are severely limited in everyday activities tend to go to the arts less often and are less likely to have been recently. Money is not the only thing that stops them but they are less likely to work and so are more likely to have limited incomes. They are also more likely to incur additional costs, for example needing a taxi to get to and from the event. Not all people with disabilities need discounted tickets, but for some they make a big difference.

No information
Two thirds of our respondents find out what is happening in their area through personal contacts. This means that people who are socially isolated are likely to remain so as they are not part of these word of mouth networks.

It’s not just about barriers
94% of our respondents attended at least one artform more often five years ago. Sometimes that’s because they are more limited by their condition. But for many it’s because their tastes have changed. So, motivations are just as important as barriers.

But access is not a motivation. Just 8% of our respondents said that a good night out involves resolving some kind of access issue. 49% said they go out for social experiences. 69% say they go to live performances or exhibitions to be entertained or to enjoy the atmosphere. Our audiences don’t think about access unless it gets in the way of having a good time.

So are we talking to people with disabilities about the right things? Our first job is to persuade them that the arts event is worth the money and the effort. Then we can explain how we have made both the event and the social experience accessible to them.

And are we talking to the right people? People with disabilities want to be included when their friends and family go out. So we should be talking to all of our audiences about how we make our activities accessible. And if we work in partnership with disability and impairment organisations we could start those essential conversations with active people with disabilities about what access to the arts means to them.
To download this article, click here.

Want to know more? Download the full Going Out Survey report here.
Arts & Disability Ireland commissioned Heather Maitland to conduct the research.

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References:
1: 64% of the general population went to an arts event including arthouse cinema but excluding mainstream cinema in he past 12 months (Kantar Media, The Arts in Irish Life – 2015 Research Update, Arts Audiences / the Arts Council, 2016)
2: The UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s large scale survey shows that 77% of people who had participated in sport in the past four weeks had attended at least one arts event in the past 12 months. Taking Part Survey: Participation Across Sectors consulted on 02/11/17
3: The Healthy Ireland Survey 2015 research report emphasised the strong link between social connectedness and physical and mental health and wellbeing. A National Survey of Public Attitudes to Disability in Ireland, NDA, 2011 reported on social inclusion and barriers to participation in social activities for people with disabilities.
4: 64% would like to do at least one arts activity more often with 46% wanting to go to a cinema more often, 40% a music concert or gig and 37% a play.
5: 72% of non-attenders did not participate.
6: The average price paid for a ticket across 52 festivals, theatres and arts centres in 2016 was £17.82, Theatre Forum, Audiences for the performing arts in Ireland 2016, 2017


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The Abbey Theatre invites citizens from all communities to submit an idea or project that they want to develop.

They will choose 5 of these projects and provide you with 5 days’ worth of space, technical assistance and €5,000 to explore this project.

Do you feel that your community is underrepresented on the Irish stage?
Do you think your voice has not been heard by national organisations?
Do you want to develop a new idea that will give voice to your community?
Do you have a story to tell?

The Abbey Theatre is committed to creating an environment that promotes equality and dignity. They are dedicated to welcoming citizens from across the nation to experience theatre, to debate theatre, to make theatre.

Please note: these supports are to be used to develop your idea but you are not expected to present a show at the end of the week.

Click here to apply via Google Forms.

This is a short form which asks three primary questions about your community, your project and how you would use your allocated €5,000.

Deadline: Friday, 15th December

Chun an leathanach seo a léamh i nGaeilge, cliceáil anseo.

All applicants will receive a response by Friday 22 December.

5×5 will take place over the following five weeks:
15th – 19th January, 2018
3rd – 7th April, 2018
9th – 13th April, 2018
21st – 25th May, 2018
28th May – 1st June, 2018

If you have questions or feedback, please email fivebyfive@abbeytheatre.ie.


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Arts & Disability Ireland will launch it’s new strategic plan Leading Change in Arts and Culture 2017 – 2021 at the Project Arts Centre on 30th November 2017.

Leading Change in Arts and Culture: Strategic Plan 2017-2021 aims to take us further towards realising our ambitious vision. To date, we have focused on effecting change by embedding knowledge and legacy in all the partnerships we have been involved in. From this point on we will seek to scale up our impact, in partnership with others, to achieve transformational change across the arts sector.

Our ambition is to see innovative art by people with disabilities throughout the country, not just in pockets or particular places. This we intend to achieve through a series of strategic multi-annual projects that will result in greater visibility for the work of artists with disabilities. In parallel we are determined to embed a more holistic approach to accessible arts programming at a local, regional and national level.

Senator John Dolan CEO of the Disability Federation of Ireland will launch Leading Change in Arts and Culture, setting a national context for ADI’s 5-year plan.

We invite you to enjoy a unique performance of The M House by Equinox Theatre Company which toured to national acclaim earlier this year. Louise Bruton will give an activist’s response to ADI’s Going Out Survey, which set out to understand how people with disabilities engage with arts and culture in Ireland. And we will reflect on past successful partnerships with a screening of the short film 3 Ignite Commissions.

Thursday 30th November 2017, 4pm
Project Arts Centre
Temple Bar
Dublin 2

The launch will be followed by light refreshments at 5pm.

Audio description, ISL and speech to text will be provided. Project Arts Centre is a wheelchair accessible building. Please let us know if you have any other access requirements by contacting ramona@adiarts.ie

Please RSVP by clicking here

We look forward to seeing you there.
Padraig Naughton
Executive Director




axis: Ballymun are pleased to announce their performing arts residency Playground for artists with disabilities. This residency is designed to support the professional development and the creation of new work by performing artists with disabilities.

The awarded residency will take place in axis: Ballymun between January and June 2018 (up to 6 months). Following several successful residencies across various disciplines, axis will offer a residency and bursary to an artist with a disability who is interested in developing their performing arts practice.

What does the residency entail?

• Studio space (shared studio space in axis Dance Studio, Recording Studio, Art Studio and Theatre subject to requirements and availability).
• Office space and administrative support may be incorporated in to the above on request.
• Presentation/Performance space*
• An artists’ fee of €4,000 (to include any materials and/or production costs).
• Access budget of up to €1,000, if required, to facilitate the award recipient’s access requirements.**

*Technical and presentation support to be agreed in partnership with the artist. Technical and time requirements depending, this may incur a chargeback of staff/engineer costs, but theatre hire will be waived.

**Please note that the residency is not resourced to support artists with accommodation, transport and access requirement costs beyond the amount set out above. This residency was initially developed in partnership with Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI), who continue to support the scheme in an advisory capacity. This residency is made possible thanks to the support of the Arts Council of Ireland.

Closing date for applications: Thursday 14th December, 2017.

Timeline and application info

This residency will commence in January 2018 and the duration, spaces and access requirements will be mapped out dependant on the selected proposal with the artist and axis staff. Resident artists are expected to engage in on-going communication and feedback with Axis and will be asked to share their work/progress via communication through our websites, social networks and other platforms. This communication will be discussed with the artist in advance so as to safeguard the artist and allow space for their work to develop through all parts of the process.

Eligibility: Irish based performing artists with disabilities of all disciplines aged 18+ are eligible to apply.**

To apply please send:

• A letter of interest: Explain why you think you would benefit from this residency award and identify a facet of your practice you would like to develop over the course of the residency. Please include a rough timeline, bearing in mind that this can be spread out over 6 months, or involve shorter, more intensive periods, subject to availability of spaces and resources. (.doc, max 500 words)

• CV (.doc, max 2 pages)

• Supporting documentation: examples of previous work. (max 10 images/works of up to 1gb in the following formats: .jpg, .wav, .mp3, .mp4, .pdf, .doc.)

• List of enclosed supporting documentation included in the application in a word file (.doc).

• Please outline any access requirements you may have in relation to this programme.  (.doc)

Please use WeTransfer to send us all of your application files.

1. Go to www.wetransfer.com.

2. Add the files you wish to send.

3. Enter recipient email address: leigh.hussey@axisballymun.ie.

4. Enter your own email address.

5. Add a message: ‘Playground application (insert your name)’

6. Click Transfer.

You will receive a confirmation email from WeTransfer stating that the files have been sent and a subsequent confirmation email when the files are downloaded by axis.

For further information contact:
niamh.nic@axisballymun.ie / Tel: 01 883 2148 or
leigh.hussey@axisballymun.ie / Tel: 01 883 2123

http://www.axisballymun.ie/whatson/projects/playground

About axis: Ballymun

Located at the heart of Ballymun, axis is an arts venue, a production company, an arts development organisation, a community resource centre, and is home to a number of community development organisations. axis programmes at the point of excellence and inclusion seeking opportunity for artistic innovation and access for those interested in participation in the arts whenever possible. There is no division of importance in its programme between arts development and mainstream programming. axis welcomes everyone from all over Ireland and internationally to join in a learning organisation that acknowledges the creativity of everyone.




The Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2017 aims to support individual professional artists working in the area of collaborative art and activism.

The Arts Council provides this €10,000 bursary award as part of the Artist in the Community Scheme, which is managed by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, on behalf of the Arts Council.

The purpose of the Bursary Award is to support and nurture professional arts practice and it is specifically aimed at an artist who has a track record of working collaboratively with communities of place or interest. The Bursary Award of €10,000 provides the selected artist with time and resources to carry out research and to reflect on practice. More particularly, the Bursary allows the artist to consider key questions associated with arts and activism using collaborative methodologies.

It is expected that the successful applicant will share the learning arising from the Bursary with the wider activist community and collaborative arts sector. Create will work in partnership with The Fire Station Artists’ Studios in providing information sessions and on the selection process.

Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2017 closing date 17th November, 2017

For further information, please email info@create-ireland.ie and see www.create-ireland.ie


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Unlimited is supporting ambitious projects by outstanding disabled artists and companies across all artforms.

The next round of applications is now open, for two strands of funding: Emerging Artist Awards and Research and Development Awards, both applications up to £10,000.

Deadline: 6th November, 12 noon

Web: http://weareunlimited.org.uk
Email: info@weareunlimited.co.uk

Main R&D Award
Main R&D Award Expression of Interest application

Emerging Artist Award
Emerging Artist Award Expression of Interest application


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In accordance with the Arts Act 2003, Dublin City Council invites applications for funding towards arts projects and programmes in Dublin city which are complementary to the following objectives:

– Stimulating public interest in the Arts,

– Promoting knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts, or

– Improving standards in the arts within its functional area (Dublin City).

Application forms, guidelines and criteria below or may be obtained from City Arts Office, Dublin City Council, The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1, or download below:

Application Form 2018

Arts Funding Criteria and Guidelines

Visit www.dublincityartsoffice.ie/supporting-artists/ for more information.

Telephone: 01 222 5455
Email: artsoffice@dublincity.ie

Closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday, 1st November, 2017, at 5pm.

Tá leaganacha Gaeilge de na foirmeacha seo ar fáil.


photograph of Ruth McCreery



This September we say goodbye to Ruth McCreery, a longstanding and valued theatre and live performance captioner.

We thank Ruth for her years of service to ADI, the arts sector and to all the audiences she has made the arts accessible too. Ruth has shown ‘unflappable’ commitment to access over her 9 years working with us. Her calm and professional approach to her work meant her colleagues, audiences, venue managers, directors, producers, technicians, actors and everyone she came into contact with found her a joy to work with.

Ruth was one of 2 captioners who trained for Arts & Disability Ireland in 2008, when we commissioned training through Stagetext, the main provider of captioning in the UK. During her time providing access for audiences who are deaf or hard of hearing, Ruth has captioned in theatres up and down Ireland – from Siamsa Tíre in Tralee, Co Kerry to An Grianán in Letterkenny, Co Donegal. You would also regularly find her high up above the audience, in the tech box of the Abbey Theatre, where 77 performances have been captioned since they introduced the service for audiences in 2007.

We asked Ruth to give a little insight into her time as captioner before she retires!

Why did you become a captioner?

I had been working with the National Association for the Deaf (now DeafHear) for some years as an electronic note taker for deaf and hard of hearing people. I was aware that captioning for the theatre was coming to Ireland and that Arts & Disability Ireland were planning to train some captioners. I thought this sounded really interesting and, as it was already in the area I was working, I decided to express my interest and subsequently applied for the position… the rest is history!

What did you like about being a captioner?

What I liked most was the fact that captioning gives deaf and hard of hearing people the same opportunity to enjoy a live theatre performance just like everyone else. I’ve enjoyed so much variety in the work, from Shakespeare to musicals! I’ve also enjoyed working in different venues and meeting many interesting people in the arts world whose paths I might never have crossed.

What were the biggest challenges about being a captioner?

For me, one of the biggest challenges when captioning a live performance, was to ensure to keep in time with the actors so the text appeared exactly as the actors were speaking. To display text too soon could potentially ruin an important punch line!! Also, each captioned performance brought different challenges, one example is when actors ad lib!!

What type of live performance did you enjoy captioning the most?

To be honest, the performances I enjoyed captioning most were the ones I would choose to see myself!

Were there any standout moments during your captioning career?

An equipment malfunction ten minutes before a performance was due to begin – that’s a standout moment I won’t forget! Another was recently when a gentleman passed on his appreciation of captioning and expressed how it had given him a memorable experience.

Ruth will deliver her last captioned performance for Katie Roche by Teresa Deevy at the Abbey Theatre on Saturday 23rd September at 2pm. Book tickets here.

Find out more about upcoming accessible arts events here

What is captioning?
Captioning gives deaf and hard of hearing people access to live performances and screenings. It is similar to television and film subtitling.

Captioning converts the spoken word into text, which is displayed on one or more caption units situated on, above or next to the stage.

As well as dialogue, the captions include the name of the character who is speaking or singing, as well as descriptions of any sound effects and any safety announcements. In addition to assisting people who are deaf or hard of hearing, captioned performances have been found to benefit foreign visitors and students who are studying the play or learning to speak English.

The History of captioning in Ireland
In 2006 ADI secured capital funding from the Arts Council to purchase audio description and captioning equipment as well as a portable loop system. At this time, audio describers and captioners were brought in from Northern Ireland and the UK, and it was not until 2008/2009 that a locally based pool of two captioners and three audio describers was realised, when UK companies Stagetext and the Audio Description Association were commissioned to audition and train in Dublin.

In 2007 the Abbey Theatre premiered the first captioned performance, a new version of The Playboy of the Western World. Between 2011 and 2016, ADI has worked with 33 venues across Ireland to deliver accessible performances to audiences with disabilities. We will continue to work with our venue and festival partners to ensure that audiences with disabilities enjoy seamless, holistic and person-centred experiences.


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Poetry Ireland is working to increase the diversity of voices in its programmes and publications. They want to hear from poets belonging to underrepresented or misrepresented groups who would be interested in taking part in an advisory group.

This group will meet to discuss essential changes that must be made within the literature and performance sector. Their aim with this project is to ensure all the diverse voices that contribute to contemporary Ireland are amplified.

Diverse experiences include, but are not limited to: gender diversity, people of colour, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

The first meeting will take place on 11th September and will include participation by current Poetry Ireland Review editor Eavan Boland and will be facilitated by Olwen Dawe. Reimbursement can be arranged for travel fare to the meeting.

For more information, see Poetry Ireland’s website.

Please send a brief expression of interest to Elizabeth at info@poetryireland.ie by Wednesday 6th September.


Dave Flynn's Irish Memory Orchestra



Clare Arts Office in partnership with Dave Flynn’s Irish Memory Orchestra, 3L and NCBI are inviting expressions of interest from musicians with a visual impairment to participate in an exciting research project funded by the Arts Council’s Invitation to Collaboration scheme.

The project aims to explore the potential for musicians and singers who are visually impaired to perform newly composed music by composer Dave Flynn with the renowned Irish Memory Orchestra, using 3L online audio platforms and braille sheet music as musical aids.

Selected musicians will be invited to attend a number of workshops and rehearsals in Ennis, Co Clare.

For more information on how to apply please visit www.clarecoco.ie/, contact arts@clarelibrary.ie or telephone 065 689 9091.


Image of audience at the screening of Silent Moves at Ballina Arts Centre November 2014



Arts & Disability Ireland is conducting a large scale survey in collaboration with disability and arts organisations this April and May. The research aims to understand how people with disabilities engage with arts and culture in Ireland.

If you would like to help us, please take part in the survey. It will take you about ten minutes to complete.

Complete the Survey

Why are we doing this survey?

Arts & Disability Ireland is working towards all arts, and arts venues becoming fully accessible experiences for audiences with disabilities. We therefore need a better understanding of how people with disabilities across Ireland engage with culture in its broadest sense, including the arts. This survey will help.

The Going Out Survey is the first large scale quantitative research in Ireland looking at how people with disabilities engage with the arts. It is an online survey designed and distributed in partnership with disability organisations. It asks:
• how often people go out
• what they do when they are out
• motivations and barriers to going out
• hopes and preferences
• how people find out about opportunities to go out

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Irish Sign language Interpretation available. Click here to take the survey with Irish Sign Language video translations

Easy to Read Guide available symbolEasy to Read Guide available. Click here to download an Easy to Read Guide to the survey. It is also available as a Word doc.

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The Going Out Survey is written in Plain English and has been approved by the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA)

For more information about the Going Out Survey contact Leah Johnston on email leah@adiarts.ie or by phone (01) 8509002

Background
The Going Out Survey builds on a programme of qualitative research carried out by Grogan Research Ltd in 2015 It looked at arts and culture engagement by people with disabilities living in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area. The research was funded by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, HSE Arts and Health Partnership, ADI and dlr Social Inclusion Office.
The current national research project aims to explore how far these findings are replicated (or not) throughout Ireland. ADI has commissioned Heather Maitland, arts consultant to lead it. Heather has experience with research, and audience development for people with disabilities and has worked with the Irish theatre sector as an audience development consultant.

This research is funded by the Arts Council as part of the Touring and Dissemination of Work scheme.

Heather Maitland is an arts consultant, author, trainer and Associate Fellow at the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, University of Warwick.
She supported over 100 arts organisations as head of two of the UK’s audience development agencies, and has been helping Irish arts organisations develop audiences for more than ten years.
Heather supported Shape, the UK’s arts and disability development organisation in audience development and accessible marketing for over five years. She also delivered audience development training for See a Voice, the UK’s development programme for accessible performances.
Heather Maitland has published nine books on arts marketing and audience development and writes a regular column for the Journal of Arts Marketing. She delivers seminars and workshops the world over.




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

2017 marks the fourth year of this Arts Council scheme managed by Arts & Disability Ireland. €29,000 has been awarded to eleven artists under the schemes three strands: New Work, Mentoring and Training.

Pádraig Naughton, Executive Director, Arts & Disability Ireland says, “All of these eleven artists are striving to move forward in their careers and in their professional practice. Through the Arts and Disability Connect scheme they will acquire new techniques, explore new approaches, develop partnerships and make new work. With the support of this scheme all of these artists are on an ambitious and innovative journey.”

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.

Dancer Áine Stapleton and visual artist Katie Moore have been awarded New Work awards.

Áine Stapleton will use the award to develop a new dance piece called ‘13 Lines’ in partnership with Dance Ireland and The James Joyce Centre in Dublin. ‘13 Lines’ which is a working title, will explore the life of Lucia Joyce between the 1920s and 1950s. Lucia, a professional dancer, was the daughter of Irish writer James Joyce. In the 1930’s she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and was institutionalised in psychiatric hospitals until her death in 1982.

Katie Moore has been awarded a New Work award to create a new visual art installation in partnership with the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar. Katie uses textiles, scale and sound to create delicate and thought provoking installations. It is Katie’s hope that this new piece will acknowledge the infants and children discovered at the St Mary’s Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, Co. Galway.

Four artists received Mentoring awards:

Brid Heffernan, a visual artist and member of the Cúig studios at Mayfield Arts Centre in Cork, will work with visual and textile artist Valentina Gambardella. Together they will explore Brid’s love of fashion and textiles towards making wearable art with a Lady Gaga wow factor.

Jim Rohan, an actor and member of Equinox Theatre Company in Kilkenny, will be mentored by dancer Cindy Cummings. As well as being an actor Jim is an avid GAA fan and supports Carrickshock GAA club at training and on the side lines at matches. Jim and Cindy will delve into the world of theatre, dance and GAA as Jim Rohan devises a new theatre piece with collaborator Gary Comerford called ‘The Waterboys: Jim and Gary have a double life’.

Mairéad Folan, a Galway based theatre director and Director of NoRopes Theatre Company, will be mentored by producer Niamh Ní Chonchubhair. Mairéad and Niamh’s focus will be to examine the role of creative theatre producer and how that can inform Mairéad’s artistic practice as a director.

Nickie Hayden, a Dublin based visual artist will be mentored by Director of Mermaid Arts Centre Niamh O’Donnell. With support from Niamh, Nickie will begin to expand her practice to work collaboratively with people who have invisible disabilities through the Dyslexia Association of Ireland.

Five artists were awarded Training awards:

Elizabeth McCormack, a singer and performer with Electric Dreams based in Galway will avail of vocal training from vocal coach Michel Durham over one year.

Eoin O’Malley, a visual artist based in Wicklow will train with Paul Bokslag a tutor and facilitator at KCAT Art and Study Centre. They have developed a tailor made training programme for Eoin to learn Tobii eye tracking technology to support his art practice.

Mary Hunt, a writer based in Westmeath will attend a weekend long residential writing course facilitated by Yvonne Cullen on Inishbofin.

Myra Denise Kavanagh, a visual artist based in Cork will attend a hand-building ceramics course facilitated by Karen Morgan at Grennan Mill Crafts School.

Tia Vellani, a visual artist based in Kilkenny will work with painter Eamon Coleman on a series of specially devised workshops.

Pádraig Naughton, Executive Director, Arts & Disability Ireland says, “All of these eleven artists are striving to move forward in their careers and in their professional practice. Through the Arts and Disability Connect scheme they will acquire new techniques, explore new approaches, develop partnerships and make new work. With the support of this scheme all of these artists are on an ambitious and innovative journey.”

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 purpose of the Next Generation bursary award is to support a group of promising artists across all disciplines at an early but pivotal stage in their career.

Recipients will receive €15,000 and will also take part in a collective week-long residential programme in spring 2018. Joint applications and interdisciplinary applications are welcomed. The selection panel will comprise, a non-voting Council Chair, two Council members, and a number of external panellists.

This award is designed to support emerging artists to:

  • Buy time to develop their work and practice
  • Support unique development needs to advance their own practice (this might be through engagement with a mentor, research, non-formal study and/or non-vocational training, collaborative partnerships, etc.). Applicants must detail the development need that would most advance his or her career at this time.

It will prioritise those who;

  • Demonstrate ambition and vision for their work
  • Show potential to develop and strengthen a distinctive and assured creative practice
  • Show how they will benefit artistically from timely support for their artistic development;
  • Demonstrate in a compelling way how the award and financial investment of this level and at this particular time will have a transformative effect in bringing them to the next stage of their artistic development.

Closing date: Thursday 29th June, 5.30pm
Maximum awarded: €15,000
Applicant type: Individual Artist

For further information about this award, application guidelines and how to apply, click here or contact the Arts Council on 01 6180 200 or by email awards@artscouncil.ie




Curator Linda Shevlin will give one-to-one critical feedback and practical support to artists and curators on their practice.

This includes an initial one hour meeting between participants and Linda at Fire Station Artists’ Studios in June and an additional follow up studio visit / meeting during August 2016. This opportunity is open to all artists and curators who are actively practicing or interested in taking a new direction.

8th – 9th June, with follow up session in August
Bookings are open and will close at 5pm on May 24th.

Cost: €55

Linda Shevlin
Linda Shevlin is an artist and independent curator. She is currently curating the programme for Roscommon Arts Centre and co-curating visual art for Bealtaine Festival 2017.

Application Process
Application is though the on-line application form only.
For full information and to apply online please visit www.firestation.ie/skills/
For further information please email artadmin@firestation.ie

http://www.firestation.ie/skills/mentoring




This year Stagetext is sponsoring a deaf, deafened or hard of hearing professional working within the arts, culture and heritage sector and who will benefit from live subtitling access to attend AMA conference 2017.

The Stagetext bursary will help cover up to 80% of your delegate cost. If your application is successful, you’ll only need to contribute £100 + VAT towards your place.

This year’s AMA conference – The Value of Everything is held in Belfast, 25 – 27 July and will bring together inspiring worldwide speakers and 600+ like-minded arts, culture and heritage professionals. The breakout sessions which the successful applicant chooses to attend will be live subtitled to ensure equal access alongside their hearing peers. The keynote sessions will also be live subtitled.

To apply for the Stagetext bursary, simply:
Download and complete the short application form on the AMA website and send it back by Thursday, 18th May, 2017.

Find out more on the AMA website.

Need convincing? 6 Reasons Why You Should Attend




The Arts Council, in association with Create will hold two information clinics which will take place in advance of the deadline for the Arts Participation Bursary Award, which is on Thursday, 13th of July at 5.30pm.

The Arts Participation Bursary Award aims to support professional artists to develop their arts participation / collaborative arts practice. The Award is open to professional artists working in any artform, whose practice centres on artistic collaboration with individuals or groups (non-art professionals) in any of the following contexts: health, disability, cultural diversity, older people, and communities of place or interest. The bursary emphasises the value and benefit to an artist’s development that is derived from an extended process of engagement with their practice and seeks to provide artists with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and engage with their practice. Applicants may apply for an award of up to €10,000.

The clinics will include information on:
• Arts Participation Bursary Award guidelines
• The purpose and priorities of the award
• The application process
• Budgeting
• Supporting materials
• The assessment and decision making process
• General advice and common mistakes
• Previous Bursary Award recipients will attend to share their experience of the bursary process and how receiving the bursary has impacted their work
• Opportunity for Q&A and discussion

Events will take place on:

12 May, Visual Carlow, 11am – 1pm. Registration from 10.30am. The event will start promptly at 11am. Light refreshments will be available after the workshop.

7 June, Limerick City Gallery of Art, 2pm – 4pm. Registration and light refreshments from 1.30pm. The event will start promptly at 2pm.

Admission is free, but booking is essential.
Please email Enagh Farrell, Arts Participation Assistant at the Arts Council, if you wish to attend: enagh.farrell@artscouncil.ie




Are you involved in an arts and health project? Would you like to showcase your work to a larger audience? artsandhealth.ie invites applications for a €4,000 bursary to produce a short film, audio documentary or publication about an arts and health project.

Applications are invited from artists working in healthcare settings, healthcare professionals, arts and health organisations/partnerships and others working in the field of arts and health.

Previous bursary winners have had their films shortlisted for the ICCL Human Rights Film Awards, screened in competition at the Galway Film Fleadh, shown on Aer Lingus transatlantic flights and broadcast on RTE.

Download the application form and FAQs here.

The closing date for applications is Monday, 12 June 2017 at 5pm.

The 2017 artsandhealth.ie documentation bursary is funded by the HSE and the Arts Council.


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.



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

http://www.artscouncil.ie/funds/Touring-and-dissemination-of-work-scheme/

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


Photo of captioning unit.



Are you interested in making theatre and live performance accessible to audiences who are deaf or hard of hearing? Arts & Disability Ireland is offering a free training opportunity for two potential captioners.

Captioning displays the script, lyrics, sound effects and audible information from a live performance on a screen, through text. It is similar to subtitling for film and television. This service is essential to provide access to audiences who are deaf or hard of hearing for theatre and live performance.

Arts & Disability Ireland has been captioning performances since 2007. We work with venues, tours and production companies nationwide to provide access to audiences who are deaf or hard of hearing.

We’re looking for applications from people who love the arts, are passionate about theatre and live performance, are precise with grammar and enjoy working with technology. For more information about what we’re looking for in a captioner please read the full role description here.

Training will be delivered by Stagetext who provide captioning and training for venues and captioners across the UK. Captioners who successfully complete their training will be offered paid freelance work to provide captioning for Arts & Disability Ireland’s programme.

Click here to download the full Theatre Captioner Role Description.

To make an application please send your up to date CV and a cover letter explaining why you would like to become a captioner to amie@adiarts.ie.

The deadline for all applications is the 18th May at 5pm.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to complete a test designed by Stagetext. Applicants who are successful at the testing phase will be invited for interview on the 1st of June.

All applicants must be available for the captioning training dates: 26th, 27th and 28th of June 2017. Training will take place at the Sean O’Casey Centre in East Wall, Dublin 3.

https://adiarts.ie/
http://www.stagetext.org/


Florence Pugh in Lady Macbeth, 2016



Have you attended open captioned or audio described screenings at the IFI?

If so, the IFI would like to hear from you.

In April 2016 the IFI launched an accessible cinema pilot project, in conjunction with the Arts Council and ADI. Since then IFI have screened over twenty two films with open captions or audio description, to meet the varied needs of our audiences.
The IFI are holding two focus group meetings in April in order to get your feedback on the pilot project.

Monday April 10th, 6pm – 7.30pm for deaf/hard of hearing audiences availing of open captions
(+ ISL & onsite speech to text facilitation)
Wednesday April 19th,  6pm – 7.30pm for blind/vision impaired audiences availing of audio description
The meetings will be held at the Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The meetings will be informal. Light refreshments will be served.

All focus group participants will receive a pair of complimentary tickets to an accessible screening of their choosing at IFI.
Please contact Louise O’Reilly at IFI (loreilly@irishfilm.ie) / 01 679 5744 to confirm your participation in the focus group and indicate which meeting you will attend.

If you cannot attend, we would welcome your feedback through our online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Accessible2017

More information on IFI’s accessible cinema is available here

Lady Macbeth is showing at IFI 28th April – 4th May 2017. Audio description is available on all screenings. Open captions are available on 29th April at 4pm. Click here for more information.


Photo: Reg Gordon



‘If we identify the disabling barriers in our communities and in our creative spaces, then we can get rid of them and start to make work that is accessible and open’
– Jess Thom

In this short film, Jess Thom, aka Touretteshero, talks to Niamh Ní Chonchubhair, programmer at axis: Ballymun about her show Backstage in Biscuit Land and how it is now more important than ever to present high quality arts and disability work on our stages in order to create change.

Backstage in Biscuit Land was presented by Arts & Disability Ireland and axis: Ballymun at Dublin Theatre Festival 2016.

This film was commissioned by The British Council and was featured on Disability Arts International.


Arts and Disability Connect Logo and graphic



Arts & Disability Ireland and the Arts Council announce Arts and Disability Connect (ADC) a scheme open to artists with disabilities working in any artform.

Arts and Disability Connect has three funding strands:
Arts and Disability Connect New Work
2 awards of up to €8,000 each
For more established artists with a strong track record in their professional practice who wish to work with artists and arts partners to develop new work and present in established arts organisations, venues, and festivals etc.

Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring
5 awards of up to €2,000 each
For artists at all stages of career development including emerging artists who wish to engage in mentoring opportunities. What is Mentoring?

Arts and Disability Connect Training
3 awards of up to €1,000 each
For artists at all stages of career development, including emerging artists, who wish to engage in professional development and other learning opportunities.

Application process and deadline:
The deadline is 4th May 2016 at 4pm.
All application forms, guidelines and information documents can be downloaded here.

Further information:
https://adiarts.ie/artists/funding/connect/
Contact Arts & Disability Ireland at 01 850 9002 or email info@adiarts.ie


Competitor in Landscape Artist of the Year



Could you be the new Landscape Artist of the Year 2017?

Storyvault Films Limited, the TV company behind Landscape Artist of the Year for Sky Arts is looking for artists to take part in the new series.

The competition is open to both professional and amateur artists and all mediums are welcome (apart from digital artwork).

You could win a £10,000 commission for a major British institution and £500 of art materials from Cass Art.

All materials and access to the online application form are via
https://www.skyartsartistoftheyear.tv/landscape

The deadline for applications is Midday, Friday 28th April, 2017.


Upstart



Mayo County Council’s Arts Office is now inviting applications for UPSTART 2017, a programme of arts activities in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities which takes place annually on 3rd December.

Mayo County Council’s Arts Office has made a considerable commitment to the development of quality Arts and Disability activity in County Mayo through flagship projects and ongoing programmes. Since 2010 through the UPSTART programme, the Arts Office has provided funding for 35 collaborative projects involving arts organizations, artists, disability organizations/ groups of disabled people.

A wide variety of projects were undertaken and wonderful outcomes included exhibitions, a drumming performance and an animated film. For information on all UPSTART projects see here.

The UPSTART programme has been imaginatively embraced and interpreted by artists, arts organisations and people with disabilities. It has lead to excellent artistic and participatory outcomes.

The Arts Office is now inviting applications for projects/events to take place in 2017. Applications can come from:
• Venues which participated in Mayo County Council’s Disability Arts Programme.
• Artists who have participated in Disability Equality Training.
• Professional disabled artists.
• Groups of disabled people interested in working with a particular professional artist and/or venue to develop a project.

Applications will be assessed by an expert external panel and funding will be awarded accordingly. Applications should be submitted no later than Wednesday 3rd May 2017.

For more information and details of how to apply please contact Damien O’Connor, Disability Arts Coordinator at Mayo County Council at the following email address doconnor@mayococo.ie

Funding is intended to support any of the following:
• An event to celebrate arts and disability
• A workshop (or series of workshops) with a local group of people with disabilities.
• A performance for an invited audience of a work in progress/ event (film, theatre, dance, music, choral or other event) by a group of people with disabilities, which has come about through collaboration with a professional disabled artist or artists experienced in the area of disability.
• A main stream performance that will be made accessible for an audience of people with disabilities.
• An exhibition/performance by a disabled artist/ group of artists.

In 2016, events took place in Ballina, Castlebar and Westport. These included collaborative projects between artists, groups of people with disabilities and arts venues in Mayo. Participating artists were: visual artists Caroline Masterson, Grainne O’Reilly, Susie Quinn, Breda Murphy, Katie Moore, Pat Youell, Christine Kelly, Bríd Kivneen and Henri Hedou, dance facilitator Kasia Voetter, percussionist Anthony McNamee and poets/writers Mary C Reilly and Maura Gilligan.

Participating groups included St. Anthony’s school (Castlebar), Scannán Technologies Group (Ballina), Luisne Art Group (Ballinrobe), Carrowbeg Enterprises (Westport), Rural Training Centre (Castlebar) Ridgepool Training Centre (Ballina) and the Hawthorn Social Group (Swinford) Mayo Venues included: Ballina Arts Centre, Linenhall Arts Centre, Custom House Studios, Rural Training Centre and Mayo University Hospital.


Close up view on old rusty clock with roman numerals and face at angle for concept about time and age



NoRopes Theatre Company will produce Flash Theatre – a 24 hour theatre event as part of Galway Theatre Festival 2017.

The event will take place over the course of  22nd and 23rd April, and consist of four twenty minute pieces that have been written, rehearsed and staged in 24 hours. One piece will be performed as Gaeilge.

Four directors, four stage managers, four playwrights and sixteen actors will be selected and divided into four groups. Each group will consist of a director, stage manager, playwright and four actors.

Participants will need to be available for the evening of the 22nd and during the day on the 23rd. Food and refreshment will be provided during the day.

Each applicant will need to submit a current acting/directing/writing CV and a personal statement (100-150 words) detailing why they should partake in this event.

Potential playwrights will also have to submit a sample scene (1-3 pages long). Actors will also need to submit a recent headshot.

All applications should be sent to noropestheatre@gmail.com by Thursday, 16th March at 5pm.

The email subject line should be in the following format: NoRopes Call 2017_position and language preference_name of applicant.

There will be a panel of external assessors present during the selection process. This is to ensure that each successful applicant will create diverse, engaging and innovative theatre of a high artistic and professional standard that is required by the festival.

Flash Theatre – a 24 hour theatre event is ideal to showcase the work of theatre-makers from Galway and around Ireland. As an actor and director of past Galway Theatre Festival 24 hours theatre pieces, NoRopes Artistic Director Mairéad Folan guarantees that this event is an amazing way to hone your skills as an actor, writer or director, and be part of Galway Theatre Festival.

It is also a great forum to bring theatre-makers with different levels of experiences together in that everyone is on a level playing field working in a pressurised event. More importantly, it also gives young people and the local and wider community a chance to get involved with the Galway theatre scene.