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Arts & Disability Ireland and The Arts Council celebrates 10 years of the Arts and Disability Connect Funding Scheme.


On 11 June, Arts & Disability Ireland invited previous awardees, organisations, and partners to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Arts and Disability Connect in partnership with Arts Council Ireland at the Project Arts Centre.

The event consisted of two facilitated panel discussions and a presentation, alongside questions from the audience. The day began with an address by Arts & Disability Ireland Executive Director Pádraig Naughton, followed by Maureen Kennelly, Arts Council Director. The morning panel was facilitated by Cathy Coughlan, Head of Project Potential at Project Arts Centre, and focused on Training Award and Mentoring Award recipients Philip Kenny, Tadgh Kinsella, and Mimi Seery.

“As I worked through my own barriers, I learned I find joy in dismantling barriers for others” – AlanJames Burns, Visual Artist

The afternoon saw a keynote by AlanJames Burns, followed by the second panel discussion on the New Work Award and Research and Reflection Award. This was facilitated by Paul Johnson, Arts & Disability Ireland Board member, and featured panellists Ali Clarke, Ciara Chapman, and Diane Crotty. See below for some snippests of the discussion throughout the day.

Access was provided throughout the event, including captioning, ISL interpretation by Bridge Interpreting, spaces to rest and socially distance, sighted guides, and image descriptions.

Arts and Disability Connect is funded by The Arts Council and managed by Arts & Disability Ireland. To learn more about the scheme, visit adiarts.ie/connect.

We want to create more spaces for disabled artists to produce work where their needs are understood, and provided for. We want to help people find space to create, to perform, to exhibit and to interact in venues that have the infrastructural capacity and expertise in understanding and addressing their individual needs” – Maureen Kennelly, Arts Council Director.

Arts and Disability Connect really helped me figure out what was needed for myself, so now when I am going for an Arts Council award I can approach their team and be like “This is what I need, can that be done?” – Panellist Tadgh Kinsella, Music and Visual Artist.

Arts and Disability Connect has changed so many lives in this room, and shifted so many careers with the people in this room… there are loads of people, like me, years ago who didn’t know this existed and didn’t know this was a provision. Didn’t know access riders and access costs and all of this were a thing. And I am sure everyone in this room knows that feeling of discovering “Oh my gosh, I can ask for help”.  – Panellist Ali Clarke, Dance Artist


Photos by Simon Lazewski.


A close up of equipment at the Shed Distillery. A line of copper vessels with temperature gauges on the top, used to create gin.



Spark was developed by Leitrim County Council’s Arts Office and Local Enterprise Office for companies that are interested in collaborating with artists and promoting creativity within their organisation, and artists that are interested in exploring how their thinking, knowledge and practice can have relevance and impact in different environments.

As part of Small Sparks,  three Leitrim businesses are provided the opportunity to each work with an artist to explore common interests and how creative activity can benefit both the company and the artist. The residency lasts for approximately 10 days over three weeks, which can be taken in one block or spread over a longer period as agreed between the artist and company. What an artist will do will be influenced by the adopted environment, providing a greater interest and involvement in what the artist produces from staff and clients/customers, and serving as a catalyst for new thinking. Participating companies include The Shed Distillery, Leitrim Hill Creamery and Crusader Cabins

Applicants can be from any arts discipline. While some companies may appear suited to one or other artform, neither the arts office nor any of the companies have any preconceived ideas on what a project might look like or what approach any artist might propose, and as such are entirely open to all artists, disciplines and ideas.

Interested artists should first register their interest in the programme online available at leitrimarts.ie.  Artists who have declared an interest are invited to a site visit of the three companies and to meet with the arts office. While attendance at the site visit is not essential to make an application, it is strongly advised that applicants do so.

To declare your interest in SPARK, please register online before midnight on Sunday 30 June 2024

The site visit will be in person and start at the first of the three companies with an introduction to the programme, its background and what it hopes to achieve and will take place on Wednesday 10 July 2024. For more information and a full schedule on transport options, visit leitrimarts.ie.

Following the site visit, artists are invited to propose ideas and approaches for a three-week residency at any of the companies. Proposals should be submitted online only at this link before midnight on Sunday 4 August.

A panel consisting of representatives of the Arts Office and Local Enterprise Office along with external experts will shortlist applications. A maximum of three proposals will be presented to each company for consideration. One or more of those shortlisted will then be invited to meet with the company.

The artist fee is €2000 and Leitrim County Council will provide a materials budget of €500 as indicated above. This does not prohibit a company providing further funding towards the project or further funding being sought from other sources.

The Spark programme also consists of a longer 6-month programme which follows on from Small Sparks. Should a Small Sparks project give rise to work that would be suitable for the longer 6-month Programme, the Arts Office will look to progress that project with the artist and the company. Should more than one Small Sparks partnership wish to pursue a longer residency, each partnership will be asked to prepare a further proposal, one of which will be selected for the 6-month programme.

For further information call 071 96 21694 or email arts@leitrimcoco.ie or go to www.leitrimarts.ie

Spark is a project of Leitrim County Council’s Arts Office and Local Enterprise Office and is funded by Leitrim County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland. Image courtesy of the Shed Distillery.


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The bursary award from Create is aimed at artists whose practice centres on collaboration with individuals or groups/ communities.

The objective of the Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme Bursary Award is to support individual professional artists in any artform to develop their collaborative socially engaged arts practice. There will be two awards of €15,000 awarded in 2024, offering the artists time to reflect on, and develop, their practice. One of the two bursary awards will be ringfenced for an early career/emerging artist with a track record in collaborative arts practice.

The purpose of the award is to support and nurture professional arts practice. This is a developmental bursary that is underpinned by the Arts Councils Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI, formerly EHRD) Policy and Create’s  Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy; it is aimed at practitioners who are facing particular barriers and/or challenges in developing their collaborative socially engaged arts practice.

The delivery of the bursary is assisted by a suite of partners who align with Create Ireland’s work and the purpose of the AIC Scheme Bursary. These partners will assist in the dissemination of the bursary and support of the awarded artists with up to two support meetings, where appropriate. Visit create-ireland.ie for a full list of potiential partners and more information on the application process.

The bursary of €15,000 will provide the selected artist with time and resources to engage with and reflect on their practice. This may include time to carry out research. More particularly, it allows the artist to consider key questions associated with their collaborative arts practice and collaborative methodologies.

There will be an information session on 27 June to learn more about the scheme. At this clinic, potential applicants can meet with Create and members of the Artist Mentor Panel to get advice and support on their potential ideas for the bursary.

The application takes the form of an Expression of Interest, to be completed online. This provides space for applicants to identify challenges and barriers to progressing their collaborative arts practice and outline how this bursary and the support it offers will enable a transformational impact on their arts practice. If you have questions regarding the bursary, consult the FAQ document.

Shortlisted applicants will be offered feedback and invited to meet with the decision making panel to discuss their expression of interest, following which two awards will be granted.

The closing date for applications is 5pm, Monday 29 July 2024.

Photo courtesy of Create Ireland, by Brian Cregan.


A dance class in a large white studio. Eight people in pairs hold hands above their heads in movement.



Running Blind Dance Project are diving deep into the world of dance accessibility.

Running Blind Dance project focuses on making dance accessible to people who have a visual impairment, in this 10 year project by Laura Sarah Dowdall that all about community, reconnection to our body, our senses and each other. Laura was interviewed on Nationwide on 7 June, which you can view on RTE Player.

Speaking on the project, Laura says;
“It breaks down hierarchies, questions assumptions and opens up possibilities, reminding us of the power and importance of our creative expression and our social need for connection, listening and to learn from one another.

This work adds value to everyone, the integrated workshops have been informative and awakening for sighted participants- dancers, artists, social workers, medical practitioners and people who just want to dance!”

Research, community collaboration, and development of the Running Blind Dance project began in 2015 and has led to a series of accessible dance performances, community sharings, international collaborations, integrated workshops, six-week training programs, performance projects, and short films. This project has been developed and inspired by collaboration with people who are blind, people who have low vision, and people who are deafblind.

The below videos share research, principles and practices for inclusive movement practice that this project has developed over the last ten years while working with the Anne Sullivan Centre for the Deafblind and through the integrated workshops open to all community members, for the National Council for the Blind and Vision Sports Ireland.

Laura Sarah Dowdall founded the Running Blind Dance Project after her engagement as Artist in the Community working with the Anne Sullivan Centre for the Deafblind in 2015. To this day, she continues to offer ongoing weekly dance classes to the residents and support staff, having developed a longstanding relationship with the centre and its community.

Laura has collaborated with the National Council for the Blind in Ireland, Vision Sports and Fighting Blindness to enable inclusive dance experiences to their members and families, she has created collaborative community projects focused on the research and development of inclusive dance practice and performance for people with vision-loss.

mages courtesy of Laura Sarah Dowdall and Steve Humphreys from community research at Rua Red in 2017 and workshops at Dance Theatre of Ireland in 2018.

You can contact at laura@runningblind.ie, by visiting runningblind.ie.


A blue tinted image of two dancers in a large studio. Nadenh uses a wheelchair to move and dance, while another dance artist in a wheelchair, face obscured, dances to beside them.



Dance Ireland’s Residency Applications are now open for applications!

Dance Ireland is offering one residency specifically for dancers who have a disability and residing in Ireland, to create new dance work without any barriers to space and support.

Dance Ireland are offering an additional access budget for this residency. If you require support, please include details of this in your application, or get in touch to discuss further by emailing favour.odusola@danceireland.ie.

Applications close 12 June at 12pm.

For more information and to apply, visit danceireland.ie

Image of Stopgap artist Nadenh Poan, by Chris Parkes.


A group of people singing in a choir. Twenty people stand on steps outside a large building, dressed in colourful clothes beside mic stands and holding choir books.



Got an idea for next years festival? Bealtaine want to hear from you! 

Bealtaine Festival is looking to hear from artists from all artforms who wish to work with the festival over the next number of years. Whether you have work that is already made and looking for a platform, or the germ of a compelling new show that needs an audience, Bealtaine would love to hear from you.  

They’re looking for work that is unexpected, challenging or a new take on a well-known subject matter. They’re especially eager to hear from artists 50+, artists from underrepresented communities, and events that involve local community groups.  

Bealtaine will be reviewing pitches in June, where an online session to meet with the festival curation team will be held.

What they need to know: 

  • Your biography and CV 
  • Brief outline of event idea 
  • Potential partners and funders 

Any questions can be emailed to arts@ageandopportunity.ie 

The online form is now live at bealtaine.ie.

Image courtesy of Bealtaine Festival.


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Kildare County Council Arts Office welcomes applications from professional artists across all artforms at any stage of their career, for a new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Artist Practice Bursary supported by The Arts Council.

This award is €5,000, and is available to artists specifically from under-represented backgrounds and communities, including those based on gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race, membership of the Traveller Community and socio-economic status.

The bursary aligns with Kildare County Council’s Integration Strategy 2020 – 2026 and the Arts Council’s Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Policy towards ensuring that everyone who lives in Ireland has the opportunity to engage with, and participate in the arts. This Artist Practice Bursary Award will provide the opportunity for the successful applicant to focus on the development of their professional practice, or develop a specific artistic project, or both.

This award emphasises the value and benefit to an artist’s development of an extended process of engagement with their practice and seeks to provide an artist from an underrepresented background with the resources to do this. In addition to the bursary award, Kildare Arts Service will work with the artist via a series of 3 meetings to identify opportunities for networking and professional development.

Applications will only be accepted via the online application form and must be submitted before the deadline at 12pm midday Wednesday 12 June 2024.

For queries, please email arts@kildarecoco.ie.

If you need help to complete and submit your application, please contact the Arts Service team as soon as possible by emailing arts@kildarecoco.ie or calling 045 980872.

Image: ‘Flight of Doves’ by John Behan, Kildare County Council Municipal Art Collection.


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Conducted on behalf of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, the purpose of the survey is to understand how people with disabilities experience night life in Ireland.

If the Night Time Economy is to be truly inclusive and diverse it is imperative that we examine the current challenges for people and Artists with disabilities and those with an intellectual disabilities in order to find solutions together on how we deliver this objective. This research has been developed in consultation with individuals and organisations from these communities. This survey is open until 24 June 2024.

If you are a person with a disability, an artist with a disability working in the Night Time Economy or an organisation working with persons with a disability, you are invited to participate in this research by completing the online survey.

For the Main Survey please click here

For the organisation survey please click here

Más mian leat an suirbhé a líonadh trí Ghaeilge, is féidir leat é sin a dhéanamh anseo

For information regarding the survey, and to hear from our guest speaker Louise Bruton on her lived experience as an artist and a patron of the Night Time Economy, watch the video below.


If you are a person with an intellectual disability, or someone assisting a person with an intellectual disability, you can complete the survey in three ways:

1. Fill out the online easy to read survey here

2. Print out the easy to read PDF here complete it by hand and return it to us by post to Night Time Economy Unit, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, 3rd Floor, Joyce House, Lombard St, Dublin 1, or scan the document and email to nte@tcagsm.gov.ie

3. Contact nte@tcagsm.gov.ie if you would like us to post you a hard copy of the survey. You can then complete it by hand and return it to us by post, or scan and email to nte@tcagsm.gov.ie

Please click on this link for a guide on how to complete the easy to read survey.

If you have any questions, contact nte@tcagsm.gov.ie.


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Are you an actor with a disability with an interest in making an impact on mainstream Irish theatre – or have you always wanted to act, but never had the opportunity?

Male actors with a physical disability aged 30 and over are invited to audition to play the lead character, Martin, in No Magic Pill, a stage play inspired by the life of activist and wheelchair-user Martin Naughton.

Magic Pill Productions will present an Irish tour of the award-winning show, No Magic Pill by Christian O’Reilly, in November 2024. Auditions will be held by director Raymond Keane, writer and producer Christian O’Reilly and dramaturg and outreach producer Peter Kearns. This will be a high-profile professional production. Those auditioning will ideally have some theatre experience but the producers are also very open to considering candidates who believe they have performance ability. First produced in 2022, and winner of the Audience Choice Award at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, this ground-breaking production will begin rehearsals in October before going on tour from 7-23 November to four venues in Ireland; Black Box Theatre in Galway, Backstage Theatre in Longford, glór in Ennis, and The Civic in Tallaght.


In casting actors with a disability, No Magic Pill aims to bring a fresh conversation and disability aesthetic to Irish theatre. Anyone who wishes to be considered to audition should send their CV, or a letter outlining their experience to date, to casting@nomagicpill.ie. The deadline for expressions of interest is Thursday, May 23.


Selected candidates will be invited to attend an audition on Wednesday 5 June at the
Independent Living Movement Ireland office, Carmichael House, North Brunswick
Street, Dublin 7.

No Magic Pill is a ground-breaking play by award-winning playwright Christian O’Reilly.
Inspired by Galway-native and wheelchair-user Martin Naughton, leader of the disability rights
movement in Ireland (who passed away in 2016), the production broke new ground in Irish
theatre in 2022 in its casting of disabled actors. It tells the heartfelt, hilarious, irreverent,
stereotype-shattering story of one man’s anarchic quest for both justice and love.
No Magic Pill is the story of an activist … but it is also a love story. Martin is a man at war with
the Government, with society, but, above all else, with himself – and at this crisis point in his
life, which road will he choose? Will his fight for equality be derailed by dreams of lifelong love
and distant shores?


No Magic Pill is funded by the Arts Council and is presented in association with Independent
Living Movement Ireland, Irish Wheelchair Association and Disability Federation of Ireland.
Magic Pill Productions is supported by Town Hall Theatre, The Civic, glór, Backstage and The Glens Arts Centre.


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Applications are now open for the Music Network Music Capital Scheme 2024.

The Music Capital Scheme, which is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, provides funding for the purchase of musical instruments to individual professional musicians and non-professional groups across the country.

A total of €542,000 in funding is available through the following awards which are now open for applications:

Award 1 – for non-professional performing groups
Award 2 – for individual established professional performing musicians
Award 3 – for individual emerging professional performing musicians

You can find further details of the scheme and a list of upcoming support sessions on the Music Network website. In addition they also have a limited number of one-to-one consultation sessions with each seminar speaker. To book a one-to-one consultation with any of the seminar speakers, please email Sarah Ledwidge at programmesadmin@musicnetwork.ie. Please include a contact phone number, the name of your organisation (if applicable) and let them know whether you have made any previous application to the Music Capital Scheme.

Music Network will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities or access requirements. They encourage prospective applicants with disabilities or access requirements who wish to submit an application or who have difficulties in accessing Online Services to make contact with them as early as possible before the deadline.

Any questions regarding the Music Capital Scheme can be sent to Sarah Cunningham, Music Capital Scheme Administrator, by emailing capitalscheme@musicnetwork.ie or calling +353 (0) 83 095 5956 (part-time).

Deadline for applications is 2pm, Tuesday 25 June 2024.




Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) invites artists and healthcare professionals to submit proposals for their 2024 Seed Grant programme for creative exploration and responses to grief and loss in residential care settings and nursing homes.

Awards are in the region of €2,000 per successful applicant, with up to six awards available – one per HSE health region. Applicants must demonstrate that collaboration with a residential care setting or nursing home has been agreed.

The Seed Grants programme encourages creative exploration through micro-financing and mentorship. The aim may be to start a new project or help existing projects gain momentum. This round of Seed Grants is run in conjunction with Caru, a continuous learning programme for care and compassion at end of life in nursing homes, developed by IHF in partnership with the All-Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care and the HSE. In addition to financial support, their Caru and Arts and Cultural Engagement teams will provide bespoke mentoring to the grantee and residential care setting.

The deadline for applications is Friday 17 May at 5pm.

For application details and how to apply, visit irishhospicefoundation.ie

Images: Memories by Elaine Mears and Marie Murray.


Four people having a conversation in a Georgian style room. A person with short red hair in a denim jacket stands next to a person with long brown hair in a yellow dress. They are both speaking to a person with long brown hair in a blue dress, and person with hair in a bun wearing shorts and a tshirt. They are all smiling and laughing, while a smaller group of people chat behind them in the background. The room is bright blue, and we see some glimpses of artwork on the walls in gilded frames.



Dublin City Council Culture Company wishes to create an advisory group to support the development of their work.

The group will be asked to provide input into their work in ongoing engagement programmes and operation of cultural buildings and to work with their team to strengthen ideas, make connections and help Dublin City Council Culture Company to create meaningful cultural experiences for the people of Dublin.

The people of Dublin remain at the centre of their work and to ensure that everyone is represented, they wish to hear from a wide range of people with a variety of backgrounds, interests, perspectives and experiences to join the advisory group.

Dublin City Council Culture Company encourage expressions of interest from people that represent the variety of communities and cultural interests of the city, so if you are involved in community, sport, recreation, the Irish language, the environment, science, heritage, arts or are interested in the work that we do, they would like to hear from you.

What does being part of the advisory group involve?

The advisory group role is:

  • To attend and engage in workshops with the team (a maximum of four meetings per year).
  • To act as a sounding board, providing ideas and reactions to the current programme or projects in development.
  • To contribute their experience and expertise, to strengthen the impact and programmes of the Culture Company.
  • To provide guidance and ensure that the development and delivery of programmes and public engagement reflects the needs and expectations of the people of Dublin.
  • To identify opportunities within their own communities and networks which could be relevant to the Culture Company and its activities.
  • To act as an ambassador for the work of the Culture Company and to make new connections for the Culture Company where appropriate.

Term and Meetings

  • The advisory group is an informal, voluntary group and does not have the duties of a formal board.
  • An advisory group member’s term will run for a period of three years.
  • Members are invited to attend a maximum of four workshop-style meetings annually. The location of these meetings will be a city centre location such as 14 Henrietta Street or Richmond Barracks. They will be held in the evening, will be of roughly two hours duration, and light refreshments will be provided.
  • The Advisory group can propose new members in order to keep the group full of fresh perspectives and evenly balanced in terms of composition.

Please note that Dublin City Council Culture Company is committed to developing policies and practices ensuring that accessibility, Universal Design and reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities are taken into account. You can read their Universal Design and Accessibility policy here.

Express your interest in this short form here.

For any queries, contact partnerships@dublincitycouncilculturecompany.ie with ‘Advisory group’ in the subject line. For more information, visit dublincitycouncilculturecompany.ie.

Deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 31 May 2024.


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aemi opens applications for its newly launched Tier 2 Artist Support Programme : Developing your practice as a film artist

Tier 2 works towards developing a more focused career support network and is appropriate for artists who have a more defined plan of the work they plan to make and/or have works in progress or completed.

If you have any access requirements that you would like to discuss with please email info@aemi.ie before applying to allow ample time ahead of the deadline on May 15.

aemi will accommodate adjustments requested during the application period and can accept an audio or video recording as equivalent to the written application form.

aemi actively invite filmmakers and artists who identify as being from underrepresented or marginalised communities to participate in this programme. Particular consideration will be given to recent migrants and to those filmmakers and artists falling under the protected grounds of the Equal Status Act laid out by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. As part of aemi’s EDI strategy, they particularly encourage applications from people from the Global Majority (global majority refers to people who are Black, Asian, Brown, dual-heritage, indigenous to the global south, and/or have been referred to as “ethnic minorities”); Disabled people; and others who have experienced barriers or discrimination at work.

For more information and to apply, visit aemi.ie.

Interested applicants can email info@aemi.ie with a completed Tier 2 Application Form by end of day Wednesday 15 May.


Three people dancing together in a community hall. Three people dance with their arms in the centre of a circle while using wheelchairs. To the left is a person in a black hoodie with dark hair, in the centre is a person in a white shirt, jeans, and glasses with long hair in a ponytail, and on the far right is a person with short grey and brown hair in a black shirt.



All Irish Dance is an award-winning not-for-profit organisation tackling social isolation and loneliness by connecting people through Irish Céilí dance.

All Irish Dance train people with or without prior experience to lead inclusive adaptive céilí dance activities in their own local communities and/or care settings. All Irish Dance are delighted to launch their first of a kind evidence based Certified Inclusive Adaptive Céilí Dance Leader Training Programmes.

Their evidence based training is designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to lead All Irish Dance’s inclusive adaptive céilí dance activites for all ages, levels and abilities in communities and care settings including, but not limited to:

  • Céilí Recall © (for older adults)
  • Reels on Wheels © (for people who use wheelchairs)
  • Some Dance to Remember © (for people living with dementia and their support
    networks)
  • Y-Céilí © (for teenagers and young adults).

The training is suitable for people, with or without prior experience of Irish or any other
form of dance/movement, who are passionate about inclusion, accessibility and/or
community engagement and may include caregivers, community development workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physiotherapists,and other rehabilitation specialists to name a few.

For more information, visit allirishdance.com. If you are interested in organising group training for your organisation, please do not hesitate to get in touch at allirishdance1@gmail.com.

Dancer credit: Cian Horgan (back to camera), Caroline O’Halloran and David Fitzgerald.
Photo credit: Jamie Moore. 


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If you would like to apply for the next series, the Sky Arts Landscape of the Year competition is now open for entries.

For the chance of winning a £10,000 commission for a major British institution and £500 of materials from Cass Art, get your landscape submissions ready.

The deadline for Landscape Artist of the Year series ten is Friday 3 May 2024

The competition is open to amateur and professional artists aged 16 or over. All media allowed except sculpture and photographic or digital elements. For more information and to apply, visit skyartsartistoftheyear.tv


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The Irish Writers Centre is pleased to announce a new round of course bursaries for writers living on the island of Ireland, made possible with support from the Arts Council of Ireland.

These bursaries will enable writers to develop their skills through funded places at Irish Writers Centre creative writing courses, and create access by subsidising costs to individuals who may not otherwise be able to take a course.

15 bursaries will be awarded to writers from backgrounds typically underrepresented in Irish Literature. Bursary recipients will receive course credit worth €165 towards a course at the IWC. The deadline to apply is May 8, 2024 at 5pm, you can apply here.

The Irish Writers Centre facilitates up to 150 courses a year for writers at every stage of their career. They provide a range of in-person and online courses including novel writing, short story, poetry, and creative non-fiction. You can browse their courses here.

These bursaries are specifically for writers from backgrounds typically underrepresented in the arts in Ireland: Minority ethnic, Black or Person of Colour, Person with a Disability, LGBTQIA+, Member of the Travelling Community, Roma and Unwaged / Low-Income. You can view the full Eligibility and Selection Criteria at irishwriterscentre.ie.

The Irish Writers Centre is the leading support and development organisation for writers since 1991, the Irish Writers Centre carries out its work, online and in person, on an all-island basis. We work with writers of all types and talents, and actively encourage writers from all communities to engage in creative writing. We provide many ways and means for them to develop their skill, advance their ambitions and join a vibrant and diverse community of people who share their passion and purpose. We are also a membership organisation, always seeking new opportunities for members to grow as writers and to connect with each other through IWC programmes and supports.




The Fingal Access Strategy will contain a number of actions and objectives for ensuring that all services provided by Fingal County Council are accessible for and inclusive of all.

Fingal County Council want to hear the views of the whole community through this survey, particularly people with experience of a disability, to help understand where improvements in accessibility and inclusion are most needed. 

This survey should take no more than ten minutes to complete, and can be found at consult.fingal.ie.

Please note any information or data you enter on this form will not be shared and will only be kept for as long as required.

Hard copies of this survey are also available at their Customer Care Units in County Hall (Swords) and Blanchardstown. If you wish to record your response via video or audio, you can do so. Please email your audio or video file to cathal.kearney@fingal.ie once complete.

The deadline for receipt of completed surveys is Friday, 17 May 2024.




The national arts and health website is offering two bursaries in 2024, funded by the Arts Council and the HSE.

The Documentation Bursary will support the production of a short film, audio documentary or publication about an arts and health project. The Emerging Artist Bursary is available for an early-career artist to reflect on their arts and health practice. Applications are now open for both bursaries with a closing date of Wednesday 12 June 2024.

Documentation Bursary 

Are you involved in an arts and health project? Would you like to showcase your work to a larger audience?

The national arts and health website invites applications for a €4000 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.

The documentation bursary aims to:

  • Showcase arts and health practice to national audiences
  • Raise awareness around the impact of arts and health practice
  • Inspire artists, healthcare staff and health service users involved in arts and health projects.

This bursary is applicable to the documentation of arts and health projects across all artforms and arts practice areas (participatory arts, performance arts, environmental enhancement initiatives) in the Republic of Ireland.

To download the application form, eligibility criteria and FAQs, visit artsandhealth.ie.

Emerging Artist Bursary 

Professional artists with an emerging arts and health practice are invited to apply for the artsandhealth.ie artist bursary 2024 to reflect on their practice.

Early-career artists working in healthcare contexts are not always afforded the same opportunities to reflect on and interrogate their practice as their more experienced peers. This bursary is purposely designed to provide early-career artists with the headspace for reflective enquiry as they develop and shape their arts and health practice.

The bursary is open to individual early-career artists working in any artform within the field of arts and health practice in the Republic of Ireland. The bursary awardee will share learning arising from the bursary with the wider arts and health community via artsandhealth.ie. How this learning is presented is at the discretion of the selected artist. One bursary award of €2000 will be offered to the successful applicant.

To download the application form, eligibility criteria and FAQs, visit artsandhealth.ie

The closing date for both bursary awards is Wednesday, 12 June 2024 at 12pm.

artsandhealth.ie is the national website for arts and health in Ireland, managed by Réalta, the national resource organisation dedicated to developing arts and health in Ireland. The artsandhealth.ie bursaries 2024 are funded by the HSE and the Arts Council.

Image: Helga Deasy and participants of the Fuse Arts & Health Programme led by MusicAlive. Photo credit: Clare Keogh.


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Applications for the Creative Arts Therapies pilot programme, which involves 12 free weekly sessions with a Creative Arts Therapist, are open now.

Minding Creative Minds offer a growing list of services developed from consistent interactions with the creative sector; questions and requests received from peers via monthly meet and greet sessions, social media, email communications, and in-person gatherings. The addition of Creative Arts Therapies (CAT) to their well-being service was a natural step to continue to support those working in the Irish creative sector in all is forms.

Any member of the Irish Creative Sector can apply for 12 free weekly sessions with a Creative Arts Therapist at mindingcreativeminds.ie.

Creative Arts Therapies are evidence-based health care professions. It is an umbrella term incorporating 4 professions; Art Therapy, Dance-Movement Therapy, Drama therapy, and Music Therapy.

Creative Arts Therapies is the planned and prescribed use of creative processes with a qualified therapist working to support and enhance the psychological and social well-being of individuals. CAT is used to help people interpret, express, and resolve their emotions and thoughts through the creative process of the arts. Creative Arts Therapies (CAT) are based on the idea that creative expression can foster mental health and support wellbeing.

All Creative Art Therapists are master’s level qualified in their specific medium and are registered with the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT) and they can integrate knowledge of the arts with principles of psychotherapy and related fields.

CAT is not about a teaching or CPD but about using the arts for self-discovery and self-expression within the safety of a therapeutic framework. Artists can use their own medium or another creative medium to address any issues or stresses that arise through work, any anxieties, and the demands of everyday life, and in supporting mental health.

To apply for sessions or to learn more, visit mindingcreativeminds.ie.

Image: Nicola Kealy (Creative Therapist), Rebecca O’Connor (Creative Arts Therapies Supervisor), Eithne Swaine (Creative Therapist), Shane Cassidy (Creative Therapist). Picture Credit: Ray Keogh


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The pleasures we choose and Crip Arte Spazio showcase visual art by artists with a disability at this year’s Venice Biennale.

The pleasures we choose is a multifaceted collaboration by artists Pia Lindman, Vidha Saumya, Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen, curators Yvonne Billimore and Jussi Koitela, and architectural designer Kaisa Sööt. Commissioned and produced by Frame Contemporary Art Finland, it premieres at the Pavilion of Finland at the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

Blurring the boundaries between art, architecture, and social commentary, the Pavilion of Finland brings together three artists for whom art, life, and activism are intertwined. Embraced as a collective project, The pleasures we choose evolved through the exchange of shared and individual experiences to create areas of diverse ‘occupancies’ where visitors are encouraged to reassess and (re)consider societal expectations. 

Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen’s artwork brings to light the variety of forms of discrimination and violence that people with disabilities are subjected to. Her intricately fabricated realities celebrate a world in which a diversity of human bodies have won the right to choose a pleasurable life over mere existence. To learn more about her work, visit frame-finland.fi.

Presented by Shape Arts, Crip Arte Spazio is a huge, joyous, and exuberant celebration showcasing the dynamism, wit, and grandeur of the Disability Arts Movement (DAM). The DAM aligned art with the fight for rights, broke barriers, and ultimately affected changes in UK law, while making great art about doing so. Exhibiting artists include Terence Birch, Tony Heaton OBE, Jameisha Prescod, Abi Palmer, Ker Wallwork, Tanya Raabe-Webber, and Jason Wilsher-Mills. 

Crip Arte Spazio at La Biennale di Venezia 2024 is the first major international exhibition of the unique and radical UK Disability Arts Movement, curated by David Hevey and produced by Shape Arts. Crip Arte Spazio is supported by Shape Arts’ National Disability Movement Archive and Collection and will also showcase archival work from the activist street photographer, Keith Armstrong (1950 – 2017), whose work catalogues the front line of the fight for rights and contextualises the exhibition. 

David Hevey, Curator and Shape’s Creative Director, said: “We want to put the DAM on the international art map! The Disability Arts Movement is one of the most successful political art movements in the world because it helped to achieve rights. To celebrate this, we went gigantic in scale with bespoke flags, huge film screens, and the epic story plastered across the gallery walls. The monument we’ve created makes us regard disabled people as powerful, rather than pitiful.”

For more information and to view some of the artworks or listen to their audio descriptions, visit shapearts.org.uk.

Images courtesy of Shape Arts, Frame Contemporary Art, HAM, and Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen.


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A script-mentoring partnership between National Talent Academy for Film and TV and Tilting the Lens.

The National Talent Academy for Film and TV and accessibility consultancy Tilting the Lens are working together to diversify the existing talent in the film and TV industry in Ireland. The wish to support previously excluded voices to overcome existing barriers that hinder writers with a disability from achieving their full potential in film and television.

This partnership will begin by seeking to support writers with a disability to grow their opportunities in film or television, through bespoke training, mentoring and events developed to support their ambitions and encourage voices, stories, and work by new and emerging talents.

They are seeking up to five emerging writing talents with demonstrable experience (this can include an existing script, a media CV, or a showreel of previous work). This application round is open to script writers or writer/directors who identify as having a disability.

The programme will run from June to November, and aims to improve the writing and editing skills of its participants, focusing on the development of their scripts rather than the completion of a polished final draft. It will conclude with a significant industry event in Dublin in November 2024, providing a fitting end to the program’s activities.

Disability-led organisation Tilting the Lens was founded in 2020 by Sinéad Burke, a Disabled educator, advocate and author who champions accessibility, equity and social justice. Established on the three pillars of education, advocacy and design, Tilting the Lens advises major global brands and media platforms, guiding them in their move from awareness to action by creating more accessible practices, policies, products and services, places and promotions.

An online information session and Q&A hosted online at 12pm noon on April Friday 26. Interested applicates can sign up by visiting nationaltalentacademies.ie

If you’d like to view another versions of the Open Call you can find:

  • Easy Read (PDF version) HERE
  • Easy Read (Word version) HERE
  • Irish Sign Language Video HERE

For the full call out and eligibilia criteria, visit nationaltalentacademies.ie. Interested applicants must apply by completing the linked form link here.

If you have any questions pertaining to the application, email eibh.collins@nationaltalentacademies.ie. If you have any access needs and require support to complete the application form, please email conny@tiltingthelens.com.

The deadline to apply is May 17 at 12 noon.

There will be an online information and Q&A session April 26 at 12 noon. You can register for this information session HERE.

The National Talent Academies Film and TV are an initiative of Screen Ireland managed by Ardán.


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View the new mural by visual artist Yvonne Condon below, celebrating the mercantile traditions of Cork’s Cornmarket Street.

Dynamic artist Yvonne Condon has created a stunning vibrant large-scale outdoor painting for Cork’s Cornmarket Street, celebrating the long mercantile traditions of the street, its past and present users. The piece was created mid-April 2024, and will be in place indefinitely for all to enjoy. The location for Yvonne Condon’s new work is across from Peg Twomey’s grocery store, just before Cornmarket Street turns into Kyle Street.

This work, over 1.5 metres high and 5 metres long,  is the largest-scale project to date by Yvonne, from Ballinacurra, East Cork, who has gained widespread recognition over recent years for her bold and uncompromising images. She captures the essence of an image, working from observation with great speed and intensity.  Her public outdoor work includes most recently her ‘Yellow Nude’ on the billboard outside Dublin’s Project Arts Centre (March 2024) as part of Disrupt Disability Arts Festival, and in Cork an installation on a meter box on Cork city’s Princes Street (2021). 

Painting is Yvonne’s window to the world, and she is inspired by everything around her in everyday life. Yvonne does not speak, and has limited hearing, and is only able to see with one of her eyes. Her art is influenced by her life, by people who surround her, by the things she sees. 

Over the years Yvonne has created an enormous body of work. Her paintings have been exhibited in venues including the Cork’s People’s Museum, Project Arts Centre Dublin; RHA Dublin, and Atypical Gallery Belfast, and can be found hanging on the walls of many homes in private collections. This installation sees Yvonne build on her experience working with larger scales in international workshops in Spain and England, and situates her work firmly within the wider cultural context of the city, enhancing public spaces and establishing her position among Cork’s most recognised artists.  

Yvonne participates in Crawford Supported Studio and was a long-term member of Glasheen Artists Studio Programme (GASP) both of which support artists with disabilities. Yvonne brings her distinctive work to the streets of Cork city in partnership with Crawford Art Gallery and with the support of Cork City Council.

The mural is supported by the Arts Council’s Arts and Disability Connect scheme, funded by Arts Council Ireland and managed by Arts & Disability Ireland. Yvonne was the first artist with an intellectual disability to receive a New Work Award through the scheme.  For more information on this funding scheme, please visit adiarts.ie/connect.


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Promenade are seeking 5 artists or companies to apply to receive producing, production and artistic supports from the Promenade team and a range of outside experts and partners during 2024 and 2025.

Promenade has recently received funding from the Arts Council’s Creative Production Supports Scheme 2024 and 2025 to provide support to artists and producers working in the areas of circus, street arts, spectacle, participatory arts and multi-disciplinary arts including those from underrepresented backgrounds.

Each artist/company will be assigned a producer with an average of 4 hours support per week. This will involve mentoring and practical support tailored to each individual artist/company needs, such as:

  • Project planning timelines, resourcing and costing/budgeting
  • Partnership brokering both within Ireland & internationally
  • Identifying funds and drafting funding applications/bids
  • Projects in development supports, such as contracts, scheduling
  • Supports on public engagement plans or work with communities of place or interest ensuring best practice
  • Tour booking or liaison with promoters including support with pitching and networking

Residencies will be offered by Circus Factory and The Everyman over 2024 and 2025. In addition, Promenade will pay for each artist or company to benefit from outside support from experts in fields such as dramaturgy, direction, production, operational logistics, marketing, communications, and PR support.

For more information on residencies, mentors, and fees, please visit promenade.ie for more details.

Early career artists resident in the Republic of Ireland will be prioritised from the circus, street arts and spectacle, participatory arts, and outdoors arts (work in the public realm including site-specific work). Artists may identify as multi-disciplinary in their practice, but must include at least one of the above artforms.

For full guidelines and to apply, visit promenade.ie. The deadline for applications is 12pm Monday 22 April. If you have any questions about the project please email Ciara O’Mahony, contact@promenade.ie

Promenade actively encourage applications from artists from diverse backgrounds. We are committed to equality and diversity and welcome applications from people of all genders, nationalities, races, cultural backgrounds, ages, religions, languages, different abilities, sexual orientations or socio-economic statuses.

If you would like any of this information in a different format please email Ciara contact@promenade.ie or if you have specific access requirements for the application process, please email and Promenade will be happy to discuss how to support you through the process by phone or email.

This open call is funded by Arts Council’s Creative Production Supports Scheme. With thanks and appreciation to partners: Arts Council, ISACS, Circus Factory, Pitch’d Circus and Street Arts Festival, and The Everyman.

Pictured artists: Fanzini Productions


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Kilkenny County Council Arts Office is delighted to announce a new bursary supported by The Arts Council offering financial support of €5,000 for artists across all artforms.

This opportunity from Kilkenny County Council is specific to individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, including those based on age, civil or family status, disability, gender, membership of the Traveller Community, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

The bursary aligns with The Arts Council’s Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Implementation Plan, recognising the challenges faced by such artists who are striving to advance their careers and enhance their artistic practice. By providing an element of financial relief, the bursary will allow the successful applicant the freedom to focus on the development of their practice and if relevant a specific project.

To maximize the impact of the bursary, recipients are encouraged to allocate a portion of the funds toward engaging a mentor, a coach, or participating in a short professional development course or retreat of their choice. Kilkenny Arts Office is prepared to provide guidance and signpost available options within the artist’s specific artform.

Who can apply

  • Artist must be from an underrepresented background (see further information on the Arts Councils EDI Implementation plan here)
  • A professional artist for at least 3 years 
  • An artist residing in Kilkenny for a minimum of 2 years
  • Applicants cannot be an undergraduate student at the time this bursary is offered
  • Applicants must be over the age of 18 years

The closing date to apply is April 30 at 4pm.

For more information regarding application guidelines and the application form required please visit Kilkenny Arts Office Website here.

Image by Fintan Wall.


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There are several applicant support resources available for Arts and Disability Connect, including a Come and Ask Questions Session, one-on-one Applicant Support, and a recorded Information Session.

Round One of the Arts and Disability Connect Scheme is now open from 19 March until 7 May 2024 at 4pm. Arts and Disability Connect includes New Work, Research and Reflection, and Mentoring and Training awards for individual artists with disabilities. 

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 the Republic of Ireland. Application forms, guidelines and other resources can be found at adiarts.ie/connect. If you have questions about the scheme, please email connect@adiarts.ie.

Come and Ask Questions Session

Join the ADI team and ask any questions you have about making an application to the Arts and Disability Connect scheme. The session will take place on Tuesday 9 April 12 to 1pm.

For one hour we’ll chat about your application ideas and answer questions you have about the awards. The Arts and Disability Connect information sessions are for artists with disabilities who are applying for funding and for people who are supporting them to apply.

Click here to register for the Come and Ask Questions session.

Speech to text will be provided by MyClearText, and ISL will be provided by Bridge Interpreting.

One-on-one Applicant Support 
Artists and people supporting them to apply for Arts and Disability Connect funding can book in applicant support up until Thursday 2 May.

We recommend that you read the guidelines of the award you are applying for before attending the meeting. If you would like us to review a draft application, please send it at least two days in advance to connect@adiarts.ie.

You can have up to 1 hour of support either on the phone, Zoom or by email.
During this time, we can review a draft application, answer any queries, and give feedback.

Click here to book a one-to-one applicant support session.

Information Session

The latest Arts and Disability Connect Information Session is now available to watch on YouTube.

This is a recording of the Arts and Disability Connect information session for Round One 2024 with Róisín Power Hackett from Arts & Disability Ireland.

It was hosted on Zoom and featured image descriptions and captions. Irish Sign Language interpretation was provided by Michael Feeney. During the information session Róisín shared insights into Round One of the Arts and Disability Connect scheme in 2024.

Previous information sessions are also available on our YouTube and SoundCloud, including interviews with previous awarded artists for Training, Mentoring, Research and Reflection and New Work awards.The Arts and Disability Connect scheme is funded by the Arts Council and managed by Arts & Disability Ireland.

All application forms, guidelines, Easy Read information and FAQ’s are available at adiarts.ie/connect

If you have any queries about the Arts and Disability Connect scheme please email connect@adiarts.ie.


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Are you an artist who is Deaf and/or disabled, based in Europe, with a passion for dance, choreography, or movement? Do you have experience of leading an artistic process? Europe Beyond Access invites you to apply for co-production support to bring your artistic vision to life.

Applications are now open for European artists who are Deaf and/or disabled who are seeking co-producers for new artistic works based in dance practice, choreography or movement.

This Open Call is issued by Europe Beyond Access (EBA), a consortium of ten leading European dance and performing arts organisations. Europe Beyond Access supports artists who are disabled and/or Deaf to break the glass ceilings of the contemporary performing arts sector and to become Europe’s next artistic leaders. Europe Beyond Access want to support artists to make more ambitious and innovative work.

You can listen to the audio described open call announcement here.

This opportunity offers co-production support of between €15,000 and €40,000 for each project and opportunity for public presentation at two or more of their partners’ venues, companies or festivals.

The deadline for First Stage applications is the 19 May 2024.

If you self-define as Deaf or disabled, you are eligible to apply. EBA Co-productions must be led by one or more artist who is Deaf and/or disabled. Or, the productions may be led by collectives that include artists who are disabled in equal positions of leadership. The application itself must be made by the lead artist(s) who are Deaf and/or disabled, or those working collaboratively.

The lead artist(s) must have previous experience of making work, in either local, national or international contexts. Proposals can come from independent artists with or without a producer or production support or proposals can come from artists working with established companies.

The aim is to support artists to make more ambitious and innovative work. This could be a first international production and/or a project that includes more collaborators, for example. However, proposals should be achievable and be a logical next step in your practice or career. 

They are searching for new works led artistically by artists who are Deaf and/or disabled that can be presented at two or more of their partners’ venues or festivals, they are flexible on how the works can be presented but they must be transferrable and flexible to be shown in different locations.

These projects could be based in dance practice, choreography or movement or that utilises different disciplines that explore body and motion, presented on stage or in an alternative format (for example film, installation, or site-specific work). Submitted ideas and projects can be at various stages of development, but must not yet be in production.

To view full guidelines and make an application, visit disabilityartsinternational.org

Image: ‘Fine Lines’ by Roser López Espinosa / Skånes Dansteater / Europe Beyond Access / Photo by Simone Cargnoni for Oriente Occidente.


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A huge congratulations to Arts and Disability Connect Training Awardee Cecilia Bullo, whose work ‘Being Haunted by the Breezes, Now How Will You Exist?’ has been acquired for the Arts Council Collection.

The Arts Council Collection dates back to 1962 and now comprises almost 1,400 works of art. Works from the Collection can be seen in public buildings, galleries and museums across Ireland and internationally. Works are acquired following a rigorous process, with the final decisions made by the Collection Acquisitions Committee, made up of Council members, independent artists and curators. In the most recent round of acquisitions, works by 24 artists were added to the Arts Council Collection.

Cecilia Bullo received an Arts and Disability Connect Training Award in 2020, and her recent work includes Rhizomatic at Endlessnessnessness at the LAB Gallery. In 2023, she exhibited ‘Being Haunted by the Breezes, Now How Will You Grow?’ at the Royal Hibernian Academy.

You can view more of Cecilia’s work at ceciliabullo.com

‘Being haunted by the breezes, now how do you exist? 2023 | polyurethane foam, latex, bronze, hardware, cement, jesmonite, pigments, stainless steel, porcelain, spray paint, mirrors | 180 X 80 X 80 cm. Photo by Ros Kavanagh, courtesy of Cecilia Bullo and RHA.


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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is delighted to invite applications for dlr Creative Ireland Bursaries which focus on supporting arts and cultural organisations, collectives and groups in delivering new and existing programmes or initiatives that help create Creative Communities in dlr.

Applicants such as theatres, galleries, choirs, artist studios, artists collectives; theatre, music, dance, circus and spectacle companies; amateur dramatic and musical societies are eligible to apply.

Only not for profit organisations and groups are eligible to apply.

dlr County Council is also pleased to also welcome submissions from arts or cultural organisations and groups based outside the County for programmes or initiatives which will have a significant impact on our Creative Communities in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.

This funding opportunity forms part of the Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown Culture and Creativity Strategy 2023 -2027 funded by Creative Ireland and delivered by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Empowering Creative Communities is a key strand of our new strategy which will enable people to work together to transform their communities, their lives and their environment through creativity.

Creative Ireland is a culture-based programme designed to promote individual, community and national wellbeing. The core proposition is that participation in cultural activity drives personal and collective creativity, with significant implications for individual and societal wellbeing and achievement.

dlr Creative Ireland Bursaries offer the opportunity to secure funding to support the development of our local creative communities though projects, events and capacity building.

The bursaries will support activity taking place from July to December 2024. Applicants will be informed of the outcome in early June.

The total fund is €25,000 and applications can be to a maximum of €5,000.

The closing date for applications is April 12 at 1pm.

To apply or for more information, visit dlrcoco.submit.com


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Birds Of Paradise have been leading the charge for people with a disability in Scottish theatre. Artistic Director and CEO Robert Softley Gale talks to The List about his pride in reaching this landmark anniversary and the company’s ambition to go global.

Birds Of Paradise (BOP) was formed out of an arts and disability-based community over 30 years ago. Robert Softley Gale talks to The List looking back on his time working with Birds of Paradise. Robert performed as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2014 with If These Spasms Could Speak.

With the company having already brought disabled theatre into the 21st century, Softley Gale’s sole stewardship began with My Left/Right Foot (2018), an irreverent musical which he wrote and directed, and was co-produced by BOP with the National Theatre Of Scotland.

Continuing to blaze a trail for disabled theatre with work that can sit alongside any other company on artistic merit alone, Softley Gale sees the future of BOP as global.

‘We already do a lot of work overseas, in Rwanda, Nepal and China. We engage with disabled artists all over the world and look at how we can help them to develop what they do. I think that’s really exciting in terms of what that lets us bring back to Scotland. We can all be quite guilty of telling our stories over and over again, and that’s great, but what I’ve been finding fascinating when I meet a disabled person in China is that we see how different their lives are, but also how similar they are to mine. So I think more international collaborations is something we definitely want to explore.’ 

As a demonstration of how far BOP have come over the last 30 years in terms of creative access, Don’t. Make. Tea. includes a description for people with a visual impairment, as well as a sign-language interpreter, and captions woven into the play’s story.

You can read more about Softley Gale and the history of Birds of Paradise at list.co.uk.

Images by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan.


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Round One of the Arts and Disability Connect Scheme open from 19 March until 7 May 2024.

Arts and Disability Connect includes New Work, Research and Reflection, and Mentoring and Training awards for individual artists with disabilities. The Arts and Disability Connect scheme is funded by the Arts Council and managed by Arts & Disability Ireland.

Arts and Disability Connect Round One
Opens: Tuesday 19 March
Closes: Tuesday 7 May, 4pm

Arts and Disability Connect Round Two
Opens: Monday 12 August
Closes: Tuesday 8 October, 4pm

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 the Republic of Ireland. For more information and guidelines, visit adiarts.ie/connect.

There are several applicant support resources available, including a Come and Ask Questions Session, one-on-one Applicant Support, and a recorded Information Session, which you can find out more about here.

Previous information sessions are also available on our YouTube and SoundCloud, including interviews with previous awarded artists for Training, Mentoring, Research and Reflection and New Work awards.

All application forms, guidelines, Easy Read information and FAQ’s are available at adiarts.ie/connect

If you have any queries about the Arts and Disability Connect scheme please email connect@adiarts.ie.


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Funding announced by Rethink Ireland and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth is set to accelerate access and skills-building for people with disabilities, with a €3.5 million injection of funding for the sector to support projects.

Five high-performing projects that applied under the 2023 application process were awarded a share of €1.1 million. These include Project Arts Centre, SOS Kilkenny, Cumas New Ross, Paralympics Ireland, and No Barriers Foundation. Up 10 new projects will be eligible to share in funding worth a total of €2.4m available through application for the funding below.

The 2024 Disability Participation and Awareness Fund is now open for applications from change-making non-profit organisations focused on supporting people with disabilities to participate in community life. This includes social, cultural, arts and sports participation, as well as promoting disability awareness and training at a local level, and supporting pathways for young people transitioning through education.

The goal of the Disability Participation and Awareness Fund 2024 is to support innovative projects or organisations across Ireland to: 

  1. Enhance community, social, cultural and physical participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life.
  2. Promote disability awareness and training for people with disabilities at the local level.
  3. Promote innovation in supports and pathways for teenagers transitioning from secondary school through the use of innovative and meaningful services, products or programmes.

The Fund offers a package of cash grants and non-financial supports to the value of €200,000* for up to 10 projects, to help them expand and increase their social impact.

This includes:

  • Up to 10 awards of up to €200,000*
  • The non-financial supports will include:
    • a place on Rethink Ireland’s Accelerator Programme
    • bespoke business and capacity building supports designed in consultation with the successful projects on topics such as strategic planning, maximising your impact, communications, storytelling and fundraising.
  • Access to Rethink Ireland’s networks.

You can apply to The Disability Participation and Awareness Fund 2024 via the online portal until 5th April 2024. For more information and to apply, visit rethinkireland.ie.

If you would like to access an Easy Read version of these Fund Guidelines, please click here.

Join Rethink Ireland for their application clinics to find out more and answer any questions that you have. The next application clinic will be held on Thursday, 20th March at 1 pm: Register here


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The Hunt Museum is delighted to announce the Inclusive Museums project, funded through Rethink Ireland’s Disability Awareness and Participation Fund and aimed at increasing access and inclusion for people with a disability.

The Inclusive Museums project builds on other positive developments in disability access and inclusion recently achieved at the Hunt Museum. In November 2023, AsIAm, Ireland’s Autism Charity, awarded Autism Friendly status to the Museum and in the coming weeks a Quiet Space for people with autism, will also be provided.

This exciting project is focused on facilitating change through positive activism. It places people with autism, and people with a visual impairment at its centre. Through two working groups, they will identify barriers to access and participation in the Museum but will also work with us to put solutions or accomodations in place, which will ultimately make it a more inclusive and equitable place for everyone.

– Maria Cagney, Curator of Education and Inclusive Museums project lead at the Hunt Museum

Training opportunities are being provided to people with autism through the project, including in digitisation. It consists of a series of digital processes including laser scanning, which has enabled the Museum to create and share online over 360 digital replicas of collection objects. Digitisation allows for 3D printed object replicas to be created and used for tactile learning in the museum, examples of which were presented in the museum’s award winning multi-sensory exhibition Seeing Without Sight, which was produced in collaboration with a group of co-creators who have a visual impairment.

An employment opportunity for a person with visual impairment or autism to work as the Inclusive Museums Project Assistant is also being provided. The Hunt Museum is working with a wide network of stakeholders from the disability sector to put this in place.

The museum’s work with persons with a visual impairment also continues through the Inclusive Museums project. New co-creators who have a visual impairment have joined the Seeing Without Sight team and have started producing new audio descriptions for museum objects.

The Hunt Museum would like to emphasise that they are still looking for more persons with a visual impairment and people with autism to get involved in the Inclusive Museums project. For further information, contact Maria Cagney by email at maria@huntmuseum.com or by calling 061 312 833.

For more information, visit huntmuseum.com.

“This Inclusive Museums employment opportunity will be transformational for the right person, building their confidence and employability skills, while also enabling them to advocate for other persons with disability. They will be supported in this role so that they can harness their lived experience of disability to help Hunt Museum staff to develop their knowledge, which they will then share with other museums around Ireland.”

– Cyril Killeen, Dóchas Midwest Autism Support

“Rethink Ireland is thrilled to be funding and supporting the Inclusive Museums project. It is truly innovative in terms of how it works with people with disabilities to create a more inclusive museum experience for all. From visiting the Hunt Museum recently and seeing first-hand the amazing detail in the 3D-printed replicas, I was blown away by the potential of this project. We look forward to supporting the project’s growth through this partnership.”


– Daragh Wallace, Fund Manager at Rethink Ireland


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The Catalyst Residency, offered in partnership between Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios (FSAS), offers a socially engaged artist from an under-represented ethnic background a one-month residency in Dublin 1 during June 2024.

The residency is intended as an artist-led incubation period which allows them to develop their practice and their networks with targeted support from the residency partners.


In 2018, Create and the Fire Station Artists’ Studios formed a unique partnership to offer the Catalyst Residency as part of the Artist in the Community Scheme, managed by Create, and the range of residencies offered by FSAS. The Catalyst Residency is aligned with both Create and FSAS’s longstanding commitment to collaborative, socially engaged arts practice; and to supporting communities and artists on the margins of society.

Since 2018, the Catalyst Residency has opened a dedicated space for Create and FSAS to work with and support artists from under-represented ethnic backgrounds. Each year, the Catalyst Residency responds to the specific needs of successful candidates, offering skills and opening relevant networks across the arts sector.

In 2024, the Catalyst Residency will offer artists the opportunity to be mentored by a range of practitioners, and enables the successful candidate to step away from their everyday responsibilities and immerse themselves in a dedicated period of reflection, mentoring, peer-to-peer conversation and strategic networking.

The Catalyst Residency invites expressions of interest from artists with a track record of collaborative socially engaged arts practice.

What the Catalyst Residency offers:

In 2024, the Catalyst Residency is artist-led, and it will offer a residential living space for up to one month in June 2024 at FSAS in Dublin to facilitate the following:

  • an experimental / developmental incubation 1 month period, based in an FSAS studio
  • time to network and engage with the wider field of collaborative socially engaged arts field in Dublin, as identified by the artist
  • time to schedule focused work (meetings, research, events) in Dublin
  • a space for reflection and planning for future project and partnership development
  • an opportunity to engage with Dublin’s vibrant art scene (should the successful candidate live outside Dublin)
  • A place on the Create and Counterpoints Arts Summer School on Collaborative Practice and Social Change from 10 to 15 June (The Summer School residential will include full board, travel and an appropriate participant allowance to cover additional costs incurred.)
  • Support from a dedicated Residency Coordinator who will engage with the successful candidate at critical points throughout the residency period, following a preparatory session with Create and FSAS.
  • stipend of €1,200, with an additional budget for agreed expenses associated with the residency, for example travel to and from Residency or Create Summer School

For full guidelines, eligibility criteria, expectations, and more information about the residency partners and space, visit firestation.ie

 
The deadline is Monday, 8 April,
all applications must be made using the online form, which you will find on the Create website.

FSAS and Create aim to make the application process accessible to all, providing supports to remove barriers for artist applicants to this residency. These may include translation from other languages or transcription of audio and video files. They will use all reasonable endeavours to assist applicants eligible under the conditions of the residency. To find out more, please contact Create by emailing info@create-ireland.ie at least 2 weeks in advance of the closing date. If you feel your needs are not outlined here, please contact Create and they will do their best to support you.

If you have any questions about the award, contact FSAS by emailing Julia Moustacchi at programme@firestation.ie, or to contact Create email Áine Crowley at support@create-ireland.ie.

Image by Silvina Sisterna, part of the Nos/Otras short-film, courtesy of Create, and Fire Station Artist Studios.


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Visual Artists Ireland operates a wide range of training and events throughout the year including workshops, peer discussion groups, seminars, and talks.

Visual Artists Help Desk with Brian Kielt (Advocacy & Advice NI)
Wednesday March 6, 2pm to 4.30pm

Artists can book a Help Desk session that will be held online or on the phone. Artists can book in for a one-to-one appointment to discuss any aspects of their professional careers, free of charge. 

Curator in Conversation: Clíodhna Shaffrey
Wednesday March 6, 6.30pm to 8pm

Clíodhna Shaffrey is Director of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. She was previously the Visual Arts Advisor to the Arts Council of Ireland, and Arts Officer with two local authorities in Ireland. She has worked extensively as an independent curator producing exhibitions, festivals, public art commissions, collaborative research projects, and writing. Across a diverse range of creative work, policy, arts planning, and curation, she remains committed to nurturing artistic practices and advocates for the right conditions for artists to create and make work.

Book a Help Desk with Oona Hyland (Advocacy & Advice)
Thursday March 7, 2pm to 4.30pm

Artists can book a Help Desk session that will be held online or on the phone. Artists can book in for a one-to-one appointment to discuss any aspects of their professional careers, free of charge. 

Webinar: Writing about your Practice
Monday March 11, 11am 

This webinar will focus on the written presentation of your work. It will discuss how best to frame your artist’s biography, Artist’s CV and artist statement.  These are essential documents in representing your practice and should be of the highest quality possible to accompany your project proposals. A series of clinics will follow where artists can get one to one advice on how to best strengthen their CV, biography and statement.

Visual Artists Help Desk with Brian Kielt (Advocacy & Advice NI)
Wednesday March 13, 2pm to 4.30pm

Artists can book a Help Desk session that will be held online or on the phone. Artists can book in for a one-to-one appointment to discuss any aspects of their professional careers, free of charge. 

Book a Help Desk with Oona Hyland (Advocacy & Advice)
Thursday March 14, 2pm to 4.30pm

Artists can book a Help Desk session that will be held online or on the phone. Artists can book in for a one-to-one appointment to discuss any aspects of their professional careers, free of charge. 

Webinar: Documenting your Work with Simon Mills
Tuesday March 19, 2pm to 3.30pm

This workshop aims to develop photography and video skills that artists need to present their work to curators, galleries, in applications and proposals, in marketing and to gain exposure online. Experienced photographer Simon Mills will lead this practical webinar.

Simon will look at techniques to photograph different types of work, including wall-based work and sculpture at a range of sizes. We will go through the most common pitfalls and mistakes and develop techniques to get the most out of your images.

Introducing Clare, Limerick and Tipperary: Artist’s Networking Event
Thursday 14 March, 11am at Limerick City Gallery

Limerick, Tipperary and Clare based visual artists are invited to come together for tea and a chat at Limerick City Gallery of Art with curators and programmers. This will be an opportunity to make connections with artists, curators and art organisations. Available for artists based in Counties Clare, Limerick and Tipperary. Curators joining on the day are Dermot Browne and Niamh Brown.

Curator In-Person Clinics – Co. Cork
Wednesday 20 March, 11am at Cork County Council HQ

Co Cork based artists are invited to join curator clinics with Caimin Walsh and Niamh Brown Ormston House Ann Davoren of West Cork Arts Centre and Jessica Bonenfant Coogan Artistic Director at Greywood Arts East Cork at the Cork County Council Offices.

On the day each of these guest specialists will speak about their own practice and how they work with artists. It will be an opportunity to get an insight into their thinking and increase your understanding. What ever stage you are at in your artist practice this will be and extremely valuable opportunity. 

Tax Advice for Artists in Northern Ireland
Wednesday March 27, 3pm to 5pm

Louise Gorman from Balanced Business Solutions will present a webinar with tips and advice on tax for artists. Topics will range from advice on the self assessment forms, record keeping tips, deductible expenses and more. There will be a chance to ask questions at the end of the webinar presentation.


For more information on any of the upcoming events or for booking details, visit the visualartistsireland.ie website.


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Axis announce opening of Axis Assemble and Axis Playground Bursaries for 2024. 

Axis Assemble: €2,000 / for artists at all stages of their career and from all backgrounds to explore and develop new ideas

Axis Play:Ground: €6,000 / for an artist with disabilities/disabled artist to explore and develop new ideas

Since 2004, Axis has worked to develop and produce new writing and theatre making locally, nationally and internationally, while also facilitating the growth of hundreds of artists through our many programmes and initiatives. Axis are proud to be a cultural hub on the Northside of Dublin, where artists and the public gather to encounter new work and new ideas. 

The 2024 Axis Artist Bursary Programme is an eight-month opportunity for artists to grow their creative practice and develop new ideas, facilitated by: 

  • financial support 
  • development space 
  • dramaturgical and creative mentorship 
  • engagement with fellow artists 
  • artist led sessions to support sustainability in practice 

The 2024 Axis Artist Bursary Programme will run from April to November 2024 and is for artists who have at least some professional experience or training. This bursary is for practitioners based in the Greater Dublin area. While the programme is primarily focused on performing arts disciplines, there may be scope to support artists who wish to engage with other art forms. 

For more detail on the Axis Assemble Bursaries & How to Apply: click here

For more detail on the Axis Play:Ground Bursary & How to Apply: click here

The deadline is Friday 22 March 2024 at 6pm.

Axis are especially keen to hear from: 

  • Artists from communities who are underrepresented in Irish arts, or who face barriers to accessing opportunities to develop their practice and work, such as (but not limited to) people who identify as Minority Ethnic or identify with multiple ethnicities, people who identify as LGBTQIA+, as having a disability/being disabled, members of Mincéir/Traveller and Roma Communities, and any intersection of these or other identities.  
  • Artists who identify as having a disability/being disabled. 
    Please note: In addition to the Axis Assemble programme, a bursary will be specifically allocated to an artist with a disability under the Axis Playground scheme. Please see further information on the Axis Playground scheme here. There is an additional budget available to help meet access requirements. 
  • Artists who work bi-lingually, or who work in/with languages other than English. 
  • Artists with a connection to Ballymun and/or the Northside of the city (please note, you don’t have to be living in these areas to apply) 
  • Parenting artists who may require a more flexible support structure: 
  • While Axis regret that they cannot provide childcare, they do welcome parenting artists who may wish to bring their children to a workshop or development space/session with them. There is no age limit restriction on the age of the child/ren. Axis has child protection policies and procedures in place.  
  • Should you wish to nominate someone to draft your application with or for you, please note the application should be in your name. Please tell us also who drafted it with or for you. Please let us know how best to communicate with you in relation to your application. 

At least one bursary will be allocated to an artist who identifies as being from an underrepresented community with a commitment to support any additional needs or barriers to access that the artist may identify within the capacity of their resources. There is no expectation for you to draw on your life experience in the work that you make. Please feel encouraged to make the art you wish to make. 

The aim is to support artists in the best way that Axis can within their resources to develop themselves and their practice. If Axis haven’t listed a barrier or support here to your application, they encourage you to get in touch and will do their best to see how they can accommodate you. 

For any further queries or assistance, email axisplayground@gmail.com  or call 01 883 2148. 


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The Emerging Visual Artist Residency is a Summer Residency in the An Táin Basement Gallery and provides artists with studio space, a materials fee, a living stipend and the gallery for an exhibition of their work for the month of September.

The programme is open to recent graduates and artists at the start of their career looking to establish a collaborative practice in a community setting. The aim of the residency is to assist artists to research and develop new work and give them the time and space to develop their practice in a supportive and vibrant environment.  

Part of the residency will include the mentoring of second level students on their portfolio for third level. Aside from this, an Táin are not prescriptive about the manner in which you work with, and in the community, but we would like to see applications that demonstrate a genuine interest in collaboration and public engagement. Applications from individual artists and/or arts collectives working in any visual arts form are welcome.  

The resident artist will be provided with the studio space adjoining The Basement Gallery from July 1st to September 30th, administrative and outreach support, and the opportunity to use the main gallery space for the month of September. The value of the bursary is €2000, which breaks down as a living stipend of €1500 and a materials bursary of up to €500 (with receipts). The hours of the residency will be Tuesday to Saturday 10.00-16.00, with additional access available with prior agreement. Living accommodation is not included in the residency.  

Access info: The Basement Gallery is accessed by stairs and a wheelchair accessible lift. There is also an accessible toilet on the same floor as the gallery / workshop space. 

The successful artist or arts collective will be selected by a shortlisting and interview process, based on artist CV, proposal, portfolio, and references.  

Please email paul@antain.ie with one pdf document including the following details: 

• Artist or artists CV (max three pages)

• Proposal for residency (500-1000 words). Clear reference must be made to, proposed themes, outcomes, any communities the artist would like to work with, any outreach elements, workshops and/or talks, as applicable.

• Portfolio with samples of current and previous work (max three pages)

• Email and phone contact details for two professional / academic references

Application deadline: Thursday 29 of February 2024 at 5pm 

Photos courtesy of An Táin. 


Conserved medieval town walls of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary which were granted funding by the Heritage Council. The conserved walls are triangular to the left, creating a large A shape. Following on to the right is a smaller structure with three small arches like a bridge. A bright blue sky and lush green grass are in the background.



The Community Heritage Grant Scheme supports projects that enhance the access and maintenance of heritage collections.

The Heritage Council is now accepting applications from community groups and not-for-profit non-governmental organisations around the country for its Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2024.

A broad range of project types are eligible for funding under the scheme including:

  • Workshops and training events that promote good heritage practice, in particular, we are interested in traditional building skills, craft skills, graveyard recording and biodiversity training.
  • Development of Digital Heritage Resources including digitisation, online exhibitions, oral history recordings, podcasts, and films. You need to make sure that the digital outputs you create
    with grant funding are available, open, and accessible.
  • Conservation surveys, reports, plans, and audits that will inform the future management of buildings and monuments, habitats, collections, or objects.
  • Conservation works to buildings, monuments, habitats, collections, or objects.

This scheme is intended to enable communities and heritage non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to continue their work on existing projects or to start new initiatives.

Projects that can be commenced after an offer date in mid-April and completed before 15 November 2024 can be considered under this scheme.

A zoom information webinar about the scheme will be held on Monday 4 March at 12 noon, which you can register for here.

You must apply online  through the Heritage Council’s online grants system. Please note that a new Online Grants System will be operating for 2024. You will have to register first before you can start your application.

To consider your application, we must receive your online application along with supporting documents by 25 March 2024 at 5pm.

Images courtesy of The Heritage Council.


A gallery space with cream walls and a grey hand railing, on the wall are four images. One is landscape and three are portrait detailing various medical imagery. The first is of a privacy screen, the second of a person taking a photo of themselves in a gown, the third and forth of a patient's room.



Mayo County Council’s Arts Service is now inviting applications for UPSTART 2024.

UPSTART is 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. The award supports opportunities for people with disabilities to develop arts projects in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December.

If you would like to apply to the UPSTART programme, please download the guidelines and application form at www.mayo.ie/arts/funding/upstart, or visit mayo-upstart.ie.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 15 March 2024.

For further information on the UPSTART programme, contact Damien O’Connor, Arts and Disability Coordinator, Mayo County Council, by telephoning 094 906 4363, or by email at doconnor@mayococo.ie.

Images courtesy of UPSTART and Mayo County Council.


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As part of our Flipping the Script programme, Cultural and Creative Industries Skillnet, The National Talent Academy for Animation, and Turnip + Duck are excited to announce two new free courses; Listen Hear and Evolve.

Listen Hear is an Introductory Writing for Animation Course and Shadow Writing Scheme for writers who are blind or have a visual impairment.

Over seven weeks you will explore the world of script-writing for children’s television animation. You’ll learn how to apply notes, squeeze in that extra giggle, and navigate the logistics of compliance all the way from pitch to first draft. Through a mix of online workshops and assignments, the course aims to encourage, support and prepare new writers who want to write for children’s animation (from preschool up). Some writing experience is useful, though not necessary. For more information, visit creativeskillnet.ie

Evolve is an Introductory Writing for Animation Course and Mentoring scheme aimed at diverse and under-represented writers.

Over 7 weeks you will explore the world of writing scripts for children’s television animation. From pitching a story idea, to elaborating an outline and crafting multiple drafts, you’ll learn how to receive notes, squeeze in that extra giggle, and navigate the logistics of compliance.

Through a mix of online workshops and assignments, the course aims to encourage, support and prepare new writers who want to write for children’s animation (from preschool up). Some writing experience is useful, though not necessary. For more information, visit creativeskillnet.ie

Both courses are free and the deadline to apply is this Friday February 20. 


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Wexford County Council Arts Department and the Health Service Executive (HSE) invite applications from artists residing in County Wexford and working in visual arts, music, and creative writing.

The Art Ability programme provides access to high quality art experiences based on meaningful engagement between participants artists and professional artists in a variety of day care and residential settings countywide.

Running since 2003, the programme is underpinned by solid partnerships between Wexford County Council, the HSE and Wexford Mental Health Association, to ensure a sustainable infrastructure for long term access and participation to creative art experiences for people who experience long term mental health issues and/or intellectual disabilities and to support their professional development as artists. Art Ability currently employs five leads artists across visual arts, music and creative writing, to facilitate workshops year-round with our long-standing partners in the HSE and Wexford Mental Health Association. These workshops are delivered in a variety of day care and residential settings countywide.

For further information, visit artsability.ie.

The primary aim of the assistant artist’s strand is to provide an opportunity for artists to develop their skills and experience in arts and health and participatory arts practice through hands on experience working with the lead artists in a professional arts and health care environment. In addition, mentoring and training will be provided to the assistant artist.

A total of five assistant artist positions are available. The assistant artists will be paired with one of the lead artists and will agree a programme of work 3 to 4 hours per week to be delivered over approximately a 10 week period, and will receive a total fee of €1,200.00.

Each assistant artist will have the opportunity for mentoring as part of this programme. The mentor will be selected in consultation with the artist and the Arts Department. This will provide the assistant artist with an opportunity to develop their expertise in the area of arts and health/collaborative arts practice and gain informed advice on future career developments. In addition, training will be provided by Wexford Mental Health Services to the assistant artists at the start of the programme.

For more information and how to apply, visit wexfordcoco.ie. The closing date for applications is Monday 4 March at 5pm.

For further information please contact Úna Cahill, Assistant Arts Officer, by telephoning 053 919 65 64 or 053 919 63 69, or alternatively by emailing arts@wexfordcoco.ie.

Image by Marie Holohan, a founding member of the Arts Ability Studio group at CUMAS. ‘Airport’, acrylic on paper, 2010.




In collaboration with Lámh, Sing Ireland presents this Lámh Information Session online via Zoom on 14 March.

This one-hour introductory session gives an overview of Lámh, a manual sign system used to communicate.

This event is free and takes place online via Zoom on 14 March from 1pm to 2pm. Register your place at singireland.ie

The information session will be delivered by Lámh Tutor Barbara Roche, supported by Sing Ireland team. Take a look here at how it can be included in singing, encouraging participation with a young audience.

This session is for anyone seeking to know more about Lámh as a communication method including teachers, support workers, facilitators, group music leaders, community arts programmers for people with additional/different communication needs, or simply anyone interested in finding out more about providing inclusive participatory spaces through this communication skillset.

For more information, visit singireland.ie.


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From exploratory sessions in February to dance workshops running from March to April, Fighting Blindness and Running Blind Dance Project are diving deep into the world of dance accessibility, specifically for those with vision loss.

Led by dance artist Laura Sarah Dowdall, founder of the Running Blind Dance project, in partnership with Fighting Blindness these workshops will explore contemporary dance, improvisation, choreographic composition, and social-haptic communication techniques.

Session 1 take place on March 13, from 11am to 1pm online via Zoom. 

Sessions 2, 3, and 4 take place May 8, 15, and 22 (in person Dublin City Centre, time to be confirmed).

Telephone 01 674 6496 or email insight@fightingblindness.ie to get involved.

Research, community collaboration, and development of the Running Blind Dance project began in 2015 and has led to a series of accessible dance performances, community sharings, international collaborations, integrated workshops, six-week training programs, performance projects, and short films. This project has been developed and inspired by collaboration with people who are blind, people who have low vision, and people who are deafblind.

The below videos share research, principles and practices for inclusive movement practice that this project has developed over the last ten years while working with the Anne Sullivan Centre for the Deafblind and through the integrated workshops open to all community members, for the National Council for the Blind and Vision Sports Ireland.

You can contact at laura@runningblind.ie, by visiting runningblind.ie.

Laura Sarah Dowdall founded the Running Blind Dance Project after her engagement as Artist in the Community working with the Anne Sullivan Centre for the Deafblind in 2015. To this day, she continues to offer ongoing weekly dance classes to the residents and support staff, having developed a longstanding relationship with the centre and its community.

Laura has collaborated with the National Council for the Blind in Ireland, Vision Sports and Fighting Blindness to enable inclusive dance experiences to their members and families, she has created collaborative community projects focused on the research and development of inclusive dance practice and performance for people with vision-loss.

Images courtesy of Laura Sarah Dowdall and Steve Humphreys.


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Dublin Fringe Festival 2024 Curatorial Call is now live!

Dublin Fringe is calling all artists to submit an application to be a part of Dublin Fringe Festival 2024 which will turn the city of Dublin into a stage for some of the most jaw dropping performances and events of the year, for 16 days and nights from 7 to 22 September.

This September, we are asking you to blaze a trail! To remake the world in your vision, join shared futures and forge new paths. 

The closing date for applications is 5pm, Thursday 29 February. 

Read the curatorial call out and get more information on how to plan and give shape to your application now at fringefest.com.

Image courtesy of Dublin Fringe Festival.




The Short Documentary Bursary Award is open to emerging filmmakers. The successful applicant will be awarded €10,000 to support the making of a short documentary.

The Short Documentary Bursary Award 2024 welcomes the proposal of short documentary films between 10 and 15 minutes in length. Catalyst welcomes both English and Irish language applications. The award is open to filmmakers from both Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Crews must submit their first cut by 15 November 2024. It is a condition of the bursary that the completed film must be premiered at Catalyst International Film Festival 2025. The successful film will be premiered on a date between February and March 2025.

Filmmaking teams should incorporate people from diverse backgrounds and aim for a gender balance in the following three areas: on-screen representation, story content and diversity behind the camera. Thematically, we at Catalyst expect the film to creatively explore some aspect/aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion in Ireland.

At least one paid internship must be available for a member of a group traditionally underrepresented in the screen industries. This bursary is not open to applicants who are full time or part-time students.

Filmmakers must submit their application via the online form. Shortlisted applicants will be asked for additional information, the details of which will be outlined in an email from Catalyst and must be provided to Catalyst within a ten-day period.

Shortlisted applicants will be called for interview. Interviews will take place during Catalyst International Film Festival. The proposed date for interview is Saturday 20 April 2024 during the Catalyst International Film Festival in Limerick city.

The submission deadline is 12 March, Cataylst International Film Festival runs from 18 to 20 April 2024.

For more information and to submit a proposal, please visit

www.catalystinternationalfilmfestival.com

For any bursary award queries, please email info@catalystinternationalfilmfestival.com

‘Catalyst is dedicated to supporting diverse filmmakers and getting their stories told – actions speak louder than words and this €10,000 Bursary will ensure the production of new work representing the under-represented in Ireland today.’


– Aoife O’Toole, Festival Manager

Catalyst International Film Festival is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in the film industry, and this award is a key part of that mission. The festival is keen to engage with emerging filmmakers, ‘new’ rather than inevitably ‘young’, in order to broaden the horizons of potential future filmmakers and audience members.

Image courtesy of Catalyst International Film Festival.


The front door of Fire Station Artists studios. A red brick building with a large black door with large panels of glass. Over the door is 'Fire Station Artists Studios' in orange and white writing.



Firestation Artist Studios announces opportunities for artist studio spaces and residencies.


Practice Awards

Fire Station Artist Studios (FSAS) Practice Awards support artists to develop and refine their practice, experiment with new materials/equipment, and/or have access to the facilities of the sculpture workshop and digital media studio. Non-residential awards, Practice Awardees receive a €600 stipend and a dedicated workspace for 12 weeks at Fire Station Artists’ Studios. Applicants can nominate to be considered for the Practice Award in either the discipline of Sculpture or Digital Media.

The application deadline is 5pm Tuesday, 27 February 2024.
For details on eligibility and how to apply, visit firestation.ie

For any queries, email artadmin@firestation.ie or phone +353 1 8069010

FSAS 2024 Residential Award

Fire Station Artists’ Studios has provided live/work studios, sculpture and digital media production resources, as well as curatorial opportunities for Visual Artists in Dublin’s city centre for over 30 years.

Supported by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council, FSAS continues to offer highly subsidised live/work residential studios for professional Visual Artists in Dublin city centre, at a time when city living is challenging. Highly reduced rent includes utilities, waste disposal, parking, internet access, use of the digital media resources and curatorial support, as well as subsidised access to our workspaces and equipment means Ireland’s artists can focus on their work.

For details on eligibility and how to apply, visit firestation.ie

The closing date for applications is Friday, 22 March 2024 at 5pm.

For any queries, email artadmin@firestation.ie or phone +353 1 806 9010.

FSAS 2024 Day Studio Residencies

FSAS announces the availability of 2 x Day Studio spaces for short-term let in its Dublin City Centre location from June 2024. The Day Studios are available for a period of 1 year and are suitable for visual artists who have projects to complete and are working to deadlines. These studios offer artists a chance to have a city centre presence in a clean, warm and dry environment, and to be part of the dynamic FSAS environment. 

For details on eligibility and how to apply, visit firestation.ie

The application deadline is 12 midnight on Friday, 22 March 2024.

For any queries, artadmin@firestation.ie or phone +353 1 806 9010.

Image courtesy of Fire Station Artist Studios.


Padraig Regan and Colm Tóbín in discussion at Bealtaine Festival 2022. Padraig has red shoulder length hair and wears black glasses. They wear a white shirt and hold a book, reading aloud. Colm wears a white shirt, grey suit jacket and black glasses, and sits opposite Padraig listening.



Age & Opportunity’s Arts programme invites applications for three awards intended to support the development of older artists in Ireland and to increase the knowledge around the arts and ageing in general.

The Age & Opportunity Awards consist of the Creative Ageing Writing Bursary, Professional Development Artist Award and Emerging Artist Award. The deadline for all three awards is 5pm, Friday 22 March 2024.

To get a sense of the work these awards support, you can read about the 2023 award winners here.

Creative Ageing Writing Bursary 2024

Launched in 2021, the Age & Opportunity Creative Ageing Writing Bursary aims to generate discussion, debate and knowledge about the growing arts and ageing sector in Ireland. The recipient of this bursary is required to write an essay reflecting on their practice as an artist, writer, or arts worker, their experiences working with older people in the arts, or other ideas relating to the arts and ageing that influence their work, thinking and research.

This essay will be published on the Age & Opportunity and Bealtaine websites, and shared widely amongst the arts and ageing sector.

It is hoped that through offering time and space for an artist to reflect on these ideas, the resulting essay will become a useful resource for people who work with or are thinking of working with older people (including older artists), while generating discussion and debate about this area of work. In the coming years, we hope to contribute to this growing body of knowledge of the arts and ageing in Ireland as we continue to offer this award. One award of €1000 will be made to the successful applicant.

Creative Ageing Writing Bursary Application Form

Creative Ageing Writing Bursary Guidelines

Professional Development Artist Award 2024

Developing as an artist is a lifelong commitment, and Age & Opportunity Arts is particularly committed to supporting new opportunities for older artists as they continue to hone their creative practice or develop expertise in other artforms.

The Professional Development Artist Award was launched in 2022 in order to support the development needs of older artists. Through this award, older artists are encouraged to seek out further learning, training, research, or other activities that benefit their career and practice. One award of €1000 will be made to the successful applicant.

Professional Development Application Form

Professional Development Artist Award Guidelines

Emerging Artist Award

As part of continuing work to support older artists at every stage of their career, Age & Opportunity launched the Emerging Artist Bursary in 2022 to encourage those at an early stage in their career. There can be many barriers preventing people to take up artistic practice at a younger age, and Age & Opportunity recognises that there is no age limit on ‘emerging’. This award is also important in how it promotes the concept of lifelong learning and the ability we all have to grow at any age.

Through this award Age & Opportunity Arts would like to celebrate an exciting, up-and-coming artist aged 50+ who shows dedication and determination as they embark on a new path to becoming a professional artist. This award can be put towards activities that develop their practice further or the creation of new work. One award of €1000 will be made to the successful applicant.

Emerging Artist Application Form

Emerging Artist Award Guidelines

Please read the guidelines above before submitting your application form. The deadline for all three awards is 5pm, Friday 22 March 2024.

Age & Opportunity welcomes applications from all communities, and particularly encourages artists from underrepresented communities to apply.

Image: Bealtaine Festival and International Literature Festival Dublin 2022, Standing on the Shoulders of Giants with Padraig Regan and Colm Tóibín. Image courtesy of Bealtaine Festival.


Two women perform a circus act outdoors. One is dressed in a red jumpsuit and has thrown a hoop into the air. The other performer crouches on the group watching the hoop amoungst colourful props.



Cork based arts organisation Promenade provides support to artists and producers working in the areas of circus, street arts, spectacle, participatory arts and multi-disciplinary arts including those from underrepresented backgrounds.

Promenade are now recruiting for 3 individuals to join their team:

  • A Producer and Project Manager to work closely with us and associate partners in managing a portfolio of producing and development projects.
  • A Project Co-ordinator to provide financial administration, administrative and project co-ordination supports to enable the smooth and efficient running of activities for artists and producers.
  • An Evaluator to carry out an independent external evaluation in the context of our activities for Artists and Producers which will be carried out with a range of arts partners.

The deadline to apply for all roles is 12pm Monday 26 February, full job descriptions and specifications are available to view at the links above or by visiting promenade.ie/blog.

If you have any questions please email Ciara at contact@promenade.ie.

Image: StrongWomen Science performing as part of Pitch’d Circus and Street Arts Festival. Photo by David Hegarty.

 


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Twice yearly, the Arts Council offers Artist in the Community Scheme grants to enable artists and communities of place/or interest to work together on projects. The scheme is managed by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts.

Applications are now open for round one of the Artist in the Community Scheme (AIC). This includes the following awards:

  • Research and Development Award (without mentoring)
  • Research and Development Award (with mentoring)
  • Recent Graduate Research and Development Award (with mentoring)
  • Project Realisation Award

Applications are open until the 25 March, and further information can be found on the Create website.

Create is pleased to announce an upcoming online information session on applying to the AIC Scheme, with Aine Crowley, Programme Manager Arts and Engagement and previous AIC Scheme recipient Brigid Mulligan, held on the 6 March. For more information and registration, visit the Create website.

The information session is about answering any questions you might have about making an application to the Scheme. It’s also about sharing experience of developing and delivering a collaborative project through the Scheme. If you are an artist or a community organisation interested in the AIC Scheme but don’t know where to start, Create urge you to come and talk to them. If you are an artist interested in developing a collaborative project with a community organisation or in a community situation this event is for you. If you are an artist who has applied before and would like to access further detail on the application process, please join this information session.

There will also be a joint information event online on Tuesday 20 February from 11am to 1pm discussing the Artist in the Community Scheme. This information session will focus on Arts Council awards and schemes such as the Agility Award, Bursary Award, Project Award, the AIC scheme managed by Create, and the Arts and Disability Connect scheme managed by Arts & Disability Ireland. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end. Visit the Information Session on Arts Participation Awards and Schemes page for more information.

Image: Pleasc, Fibín. A previous Artist in the Community Scheme Project Realisation award recipient. Photo by Seán T Ó Meallaigh


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Join us for a joint information session on Arts Participation Awards and Schemes in collaboration with Arts Council Ireland, and Create Ireland.

Update: The event will take place on Tuesday 20 February from 11am to 1pm, online on Zoom instead of Teams. Please click here to book via the Zoom registration link.

This information session will focus on Arts Council awards and schemes such as the Agility Award, Bursary Award, Project Award, the Artist in the Community scheme managed by Create, and the Arts and Disability Connect scheme managed by Arts & Disability Ireland. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end.

Visit the Arts and Disability Connect page for more information and guidelines, or view last year’s webinar below. For any queries, please contact connect@adiarts.ie.

Access information: Captioning will be provided by Premier Captioning & Realtime Ltd and ISL interpretation will be provided by Bridge Interpreting

For more information on Zoom and to download the software, please click here.




Croí Glan is seeking a new dancer with a disability to join their dance company.

Croí Glan is Ireland’s leading integrated dance company working with dancers with and without physical disabilities. Croí Glan create and tour shows as well as deliver training and participatory projects both in Ireland and internationally.

They are currently seeking someone with a physical disability to join their team as a performer. This is freelance paid work and is open to anyone over 18, male or female, with a physical disability. No previous experience is required.

The work is project based, usually in 5 day blocks, for 6 to 12 weeks spread throughout the year. Croí Glan usually works Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm, with breaks as needed. Rehearsals are in based in West Cork, Cork City, and other parts of Ireland. Travel and accommodation are paid as needed, as well as access costs as required. After an initial trial period the successful candidate will need to make a two-year minimum commitment to the company (project based).

A background in sports, athletics, or any creative practice is a plus but not essential. Croí Glan are looking for someone with enthusiasm, motivation and the openness to try new things. You can view some of their work at croiglan.com.

Please send a short email to tarabrandel@gmail.com with a little bit about yourself, including a photo or short video of yourself. Alternatively, can can contact Tara with the above by WhatsApp to 087 382 6591.

 

Images courtesy of Croí Glan, featuring dancers James O’Shea, Tanya Turner, Mary Nugent and Mike Daley. Photos by Sarah Cairns, Luca Truffarelli, and Tara Brandel


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Join aemi for a free in-person event that will give invaluable insight into the Arts Council’s funding opportunities for film artists, as well as details of the range of artist supports on offer through aemi.

Designed to provide film artists with comprehensive information about funding, this event hosted by aemi will begin with a presentation from Fionnuala Sweeney, Head of Film and Architecture at the Arts Council, on the funding opportunities offered by the Arts Council to support film artists. This will include plenty of time for questions from the audience. This will be followed by a short presentation and Q&A with aemi co-directors Alice Butler and Daniel Fitzpatrick about the range of supports aemi provides to film artists.

The funding clinic will take place at the Goethe-Institut Ireland, Wednesday 7 February at 10.30am until 1pm.

This event is free to attend but please email info@aemi.ie to secure your place as seats will be limited. More information and a schedule of the event can be found at aemi.ie.

Accessibility Note: The Goethe Institut is accessible from both the front of the building as well as via the entrance on Stephen’s Lane. Toilets are accessible from the auditorium, and there is a wheelchair access bathrooms in each building. For any queries in relation to access please contact info@aemi.ie

Image by Graham Tully.


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ArtLinks are partnering with Capacity Ireland as part of a Creative Europe Project and bringing this exciting new programme ‘Breaking the Patterns’ by now accepting applications from emerging visual artists.

Breaking the Patterns is a two-year programme with residencies, exhibitions, mentoring and professional development opportunities.This is the first open call within the series of opportunities that will be advertised over the coming two years.

The programme is designed to target, support and engage with emerging Irish Visual Artists, who may not have the means to develop their artistic practice due to barriers such as financial, social or not having the supports to do so.  ArtLinks are looking for emerging artists who are at the early stages of their careers, or who have just completed or are completing further education, or who are passionate about becoming an artist and would like to be supported to do so.  This programme will foster and cultivate creativity through international European art residencies, dedicated artistic mentorship and professional development.

Successful applicants to the programme will take part in a three-month artists residency in Seville, Spain from mid-April 2024 until mid July 2024. Artwork which is completed during the programme will be exhibited in an exhibition towards the end of the residency. There is a total of six available spaces on this programme and applicants will be assessed within a competitive context. You do not need to know Spanish to apply to the programme.

Please note you must currently reside in Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford or Wexford to be eligible for the programme.

Submissions open on Thursday 11th January 2024, closing date Thursday 15th February 2024. To find out more information and to complete your application form to the programme please visit capacityireland.ie

 

Brought to you by ArtLinks (Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford,and Wexford Local Authority Arts Services), and led by Carlow County Council Arts Service under the Invitation to Collaborate Arts Council of Ireland scheme.

 

Artists must be registered members of ArtLinks, if you are not a registered member please contact artlinks.ie@gmail.com to check if you are eligible and complete the application form.  If you have any further queries about the programme, please email rachaelspray@capacityireland.ie. This programme will support and be open to visual artists based within the within the ArtLinks region only, please check your eligibility at the Capacity Ireland website.




Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival, in partnership with Nursing Homes Ireland, wish to recognise three outstanding arts projects through the National Arts in Nursing Homes Day Award 2024.

National Arts in Nursing Homes Day celebrates the creativity of people in nursing homes and care settings and the integral role the arts fulfils in supporting them. National Arts in Nursing Homes Day is organised by Age & Opportunity in partnership with Nursing Homes Ireland, and invites care homes, day care settings and community hospitals around Ireland to engage artists and residents and to showcase their creative work on National Arts in Nursing Homes Day.

Each year Age & Opportunity invites nursing homes, day services and community hospitals, in partnership with a professional artist, to submit an application for an innovative event for the National Arts in Nursing Homes Day Award. The selected projects are supported with a bursary and showcased in the Bealtaine printed programme.

How to get involved

Age & Opportunity invites applications from care settings who wish to facilitate their residents’ artistic and creative expression by organising interactive and engaging arts workshops, sessions and events led by professional artists. These care settings will aim to create an exciting and suitable Bealtaine project that celebrates their residents arts and creative talents, culminating in a festival event (which may be online, blended or in-person).

This will be presented as part of National Arts in Nursing Homes Day that will take place Friday 17 May during the Bealtaine Festival 2024. It presents an opportunity to bring together residents, families, care staff and artists to promote the arts in your care setting, to support residents in expressing their creative talents and to take joy from a creative arts initiative.

One award of €1,000 and two awards of €500 will be made to the three successful applicants. The deadline for applications is 5pm, February 26 2024. For guidelines and further information visit bealtaine.ie. For information or support, email arts@ageandopportunity.ie

View the National Arts in Nursing Homes Day 2023 video, or read more about last year’s events below. National Arts in Nursing Homes Day is a partnership between Age & Opportunity and Nursing Homes Ireland. Images courtesy of Age & Opportunity Ireland.

National Arts in Nursing Homes Day Award 2023

The artistic and creative potential and talents of nursing home residents were celebrated in communities across Ireland on Friday, 19 May 2023. National Arts in Nursing Homes Day saw performances, exhibitions and celebratory events hosted in nursing homes as part of our annual Bealtaine Festival, celebrating the arts and creativity as we age. The day’s schedule was brimming with engaging performances and exhibitions of art, pottery, knitting and other crafts produced by the residents.

As part of this event, three nursing homes were granted the National Arts in Nursing Homes Award for creating exciting and suitable Bealtaine projects that celebrates their resident’s artistic and creative talents, culminating in a festival event. This year’s recipients are Mooncoin Residential Care Centre, Borris Lodge and Highfield Healthcare.

In Co. Kilkenny, residents of Mooncoin Residential Care Centre presented the fruits of their participation in an arts project “If These Hands Could Sing”. For successive weeks they had explored the theme of reminiscence through the five senses, with the support of artist musician Liam Merriman.

Borris Lodge, in Co. Carlow, hosted an event as part of “The Borris Lace Exchange”, led by artist Jules Michael and collaborating with the Borris Lace-makers and sculptor Michelle Byrne. This involved a delicate lace-making demonstration intertwined with the sharing of poignant tales from the past and the creation of clay and plaster pieces mirroring the organic motifs of Borris Lace.

The final awardee was Highfield Healthcare in Dublin for their series of creative workshops centred around the Azure method titled “People and Place: Down Memory Lane”. Azure is a slow enquiry-based approach to looking at art designed for people living with dementia and their carer’s. Guided by Azure-trained visual artist Claire Halpin, these workshops embraced painting, printmaking and contemplation over artworks to foster interpersonal dialogue.

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A digital mock up image of the finished project works. A large building block, of the Five Lamps junction surrounded by a cluster of trees.



Submit your proposal for a Dublin City public art commission under the theme ‘active travel’.

Dublin City Council is developing an active travel route from Clontarf to the City Centre known as the Clontarf to City Centre Scheme or C2CC. The design and development of this infrastructure is led by the Environment and Transport Department in Dublin City Council with the National Transport Authority will be transformative for this part of the city. As part of the scheme the National Transport Authority has provided funding under the Per Cent for Art Scheme for a public art commission.

The theme of the commission is Active Travel, defined as ‘travelling with a purpose, using your own energy’. This theme is chosen to provoke ideas and thoughts relevant to the development of C2CC but it is also open enough to give ‘creative space for the artist’.

The commissioners will welcome proposals in any artform and form of practice which relate to C2CC and also to the given theme. The proposal must be for a new and original artwork and could include permanent work, temporary or time base art, such as performance based or digital, etc. This brief is intentionally open and the commissioners wish to be surprised by the originality of ideas combined with feasibility of proposals. This commission is open to Irish and international artists. Up to four proposals will be short-listed for further development in Stage 2. Fees will be payable to short-listed artists for the further development of their initial proposals.

The value of the commission is €90,000 including VAT. Closing date is Tuesday 19 March at 12.00 noon.

For further information and the full brief, watch the video below or visit www.dublincityartsoffice.ie

Image: Design of the Clontarf to City Centre Project led by Roughan & O’Donovan – AECOM Alliance Consulting Engineers, with support from Cunnane Stratton Reynolds on public realm and landscape design.

 


A group of people outside dancing and holding hands in a circle. At the forefront, is an older man wearing a blue jumper. The woman to his left, wearing a black patterned shirt, smiles at him. Across from them, we can see the full circle of attendees, adults and children, holding hands.



The call for applications to the Bealtaine Hero Award is open to local, community based groups (or individuals) who wish to submit proposals for an event that offers an ambitious, creative and experimental invitation to their community this May, and that celebrates the spirit of the festival.

 

All art forms and event types will be considered, however non-arts events will not be considered (please see guidelines for examples of arts and non-arts events). Two awards of €500 will be made to the two successful applicants. The deadline is 5pm, Friday February 19th 2024.

 

Bealtaine is Ireland’s national festival which celebrates the arts and creativity as we age. The festival is run by Age & Opportunity, the leading national development organisation working to enable the best possible quality of life for us all as we age.

For more information and to apply for the Bealtaine Hero Award, visit bealtaine.ie

 

Banner image: A Life of Play by Emma O’Kane, an intergenerational dance project commissioned by Age & Opportunity for the 2018 Bealtaine Festival in partnership with Dublin Dance Festival. A Cois Céim BROADREACH Project. Image by Catarina Leone.


A group of people outside celebrating. Blue Teapot Theatre and guests celebrate outside their premises on Muster Avenue.



The curtain is now up for the annual enrolment in to the Performing Arts School for September 2024.

This is an opportunity for adults with an intellectual disability aged 18 and over, to access formal training leading to certification in QQI Awards, starting with Level 2 General Learning Major Award and progressing in Years 2 and 3 into Level 3.

Places are limited and candidates will be asked to attend interviews and auditions in February. Audition Day will be Friday 23rd February.

Deadline for received applications is Wednesday 31 January.

Email training@blueteapot.ie or telephone 087 652 0146 (Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm).

For further information, a brochure and application form, visit blueteapot.ie

Banner image by Galway Daily. Thumbnail images by Blue Teapot Theatre, Andrew Downes, and Anita Murphy.


Image of five dance artists, two men and three women, wearing black t-shirts, rehearsing in a theatre. They are mid-performance, they are leaning forward together. The dancer at the front has the back of his hand held against his face.



Inclusive Dance Cork (IDC) is a training programme open to dance and movement practitioners interested in learning inclusive dance methods.

 

Taking place monthly from January through May 2024, IDC is geared towards enthusiastic dancers with and without disabilities including dance practitioners, teachers, and professional artists. The programme was initially conceived by Yvonne Coughlan, chairperson of Dance Cork Firkin Crane, and other partners including Suisha Inclusive Arts – Cope Foundation. Inclusive Dance Cork’s current partners are University College Cork, Cork Education and Training Board, Suisha Inclusive Arts – Cope Foundation, the Community Foundation for Ireland, and Dance Cork Firkin Crane.

 

Modules
There are two overall modules. ‘Introduction to Inclusive Dance: Steps Toward Choreography’ and ‘Introduction to Inclusive Dance: Improvisation as a Method for Inclusion’, which will run concurrently throughout the year of the programme. Sessions are led by IDC Artistic Director Rhona Coughlan and expert tutors in the fields of dance, disabilities and facilitation. Training covered in the programme includes an introduction to inclusive dance, guidelines and best practice around working with people with disabilities and skills in facilitation, improvisation, choreography, collaboration, and creation.

 

Dates
IDC runs over five 2 day blocks, one 5 day intensive, and one 4 day intensive from January to May 2024, taking place at Dance Cork Firkin Crane.

Week 1 Sunday 4 and Monday 5 February, 10am to 6pm
Week 2 Sunday 18 and Monday 19 February, 10am to 6pm
Week 3 Sunday 10 and Monday 11 March, 10am to 6pm
Week 4 Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 March, 10am to 5pm
Week 5 Sunday 21 and Monday 22 April, 10am to 6pm
Week 6 Sunday 5 and Monday 6 May, 10am to 6pm
Week 7 Sunday 19 and Monday 20 May, 10am to 6pm
Week 8 Tuesday 21 May and Wednesday 22 May, 10am to 6pm


Applications for the course open in early January and are accepted on a rolling basis until the programme begins on the 4 February. The first round of interviews will be held between the 17 to 19 January.

If you are interested in joining IDC or would like further information about the course, please visit dancecorkfirkincrane.ie or email IDC Project Coordinator Kaylie Streit at kaylie@firkincrane.ie


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Connecting Artists is a programme designed for adult visual artists with intellectual disabilities who wish to come together with their peers to develop their creative practice.

How does Connecting Artists work?
10 adult artists with intellectual disabilities will be selected nationwide for a 10-week online program designed to elevate their art and prepare them for exhibiting and even selling their work. The 10 artists will showcase their work at a joint exhibition in the prestigious College of Surgeons in July 2024. Each artist will also have the opportunity to work one to one with a mentor throughout the programme.

You can find more information and the application form at connectionsartscentre.ie

If you have any questions about the application or programme or are a support worker or a family member of an adult artist with intellectual disability and want to find out more, please email CA24@connectionsartscentre.ie

Are you interested in becoming a mentor for the Connecting Artists 2024 programme?
Open to anyone with a creative background, you will mentor our artists by sharing expertise and experience, help participants develop their professional profile, build their confidence, support them to exhibit their artwork, and empower them to develop their talent & creativity as part of the programme.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor for Connecting Artists, please visit connectionsartscentre.ie/mentors-open-call


Two women hold hands together in a dance studio. The first woman is looking across the lens of a camera, long white hair tied back in a plait with a leopard print hair band. She is in workout gear and holding a student's hand delicately to guide her. The student has her back to the camera, but we see her red cardigan, the side of her black glasses, and her light grey hair. The studio walls are grey and mirrored, and in the background, we see three of the other participants in a conversation.



The Arts Participation Bursary Award supports individual professional artists working in any artform to develop their arts participation practice, including collaborative, community and socially engaged arts practices.

The primary focus of the this bursary is on the artist and the exploration and development of the applicant’s own individual artistic practice. Applications can be submitted from 9 January until 5.30pm on 15 February 2024. Guidelines and application forms are now available to download from artscouncil.ie/Funds/Arts-participation-bursary-award/

An information session will take place online, Tuesday 9 January, from 12.00 – 13.00 to go through the award guidelines and discuss the application process.

If you have questions you would like answered during the session you can send them in advance to patrick.meighan@artscouncil.ie. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions on the day. To receive a link to the session please register your interest at artscouncil.ie/News/Arts-Participation/Arts-Participation-Bursary-Award-2024-Information-Session

 

 


Crown by Vera Klute, Oil on Linen, 160 x 120cm, 2022, photo by Vera Klute.

Painted delicately and in beautiful detail, Crown features a colourful landscape of plants and woodland including vast multicolour vines and ferns.



The Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland announce the awarded artists for
Opportunity Two of the Arts and Disability Connect scheme 2023.

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.

The Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland are delighted to announce that
€83,250 has been awarded to 11 artists through New Work awards and
Research and Reflection awards as part of Opportunity Two in 2023

Artists continue to ‘dream big’ and establish new partnerships through their
2023 Arts and Disability Connect awards. In the year ahead, we look forward
to seeing them realise their ambitious new work and innovative research.
-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 Opportunity, three artists received
New Work awards.

HK Ní Shioradáin is a Dublin based theatre-maker. In partnership with Smock
Alley Theatre and with the support of Rough Magic, HK will present the new
comedy musical ‘Beards’. This performance tells the farcical tale of hope and
resilience about a brother and sister who are both gay in the Middle Ages.

Seán Hillen is a visual artist based in Dublin. His project ‘The Cloud Machine’,
looks to explore the role of neurodiversity in human society and is a metaphor
for humanity’s universal struggle for truth, understanding and meaning. The
‘machine’ will attempt to create a perfectly square cloud. This process will be
documented and described in an artist book produced and launched in
partnership with Photo Museum Ireland.

Tadhg Kinsella is a percussionist and electronic sound artist based in Dublin. In
partnership with The Complex, Tadhg will present ‘Continue reading’, an
exhibition consisting of an interactive sound and touch sensitive image
installation. To reach a new audience, Tadgh will collaborate with dancer Nick
Nikolaou, developing a kinaesthetic empathy through sound and dance.

Research and Reflection Award
Research and Reflection awards give artists time to think, research, reflect and
critically engage with their practice. In this Opportunity, eight artists received
Research and Reflection awards.

Kathryn Kelly is a Cork-based visual artist. Kathryn plans to research the history
of women and folk religion in Celtic and Pre-Christian Europe, investigating the
lost and repressed knowledge of women healers. This will lead to the
development of a new body of work.

Katie Martin is a poet based in Dublin. Katie will take time to reflect on her
practice. The research will focus on investigating herself as an artist, she will
delve into her artistry, sensibility and voice as a writer, along with exploring
poetry and work written by other artists.

Lauren Kelly is a visual artist based in Dublin who specialises in performance
art. Her research aims to explore the intersections of Chinese and Irish
cultures, with a particular focus on feminism and gender roles.

Melanie Whelan is an illustrator, writer, and comic book maker based in
County Mayo. Her work is influenced by the landscapes around her and rural
life, including themes of nature, the environment, and Irish history. Melanie’s
research project will explore a more accessible process and alternative ways of
making comics.

Richie McCourt is a Dublin-based musician. His work is deeply personal and
rooted in the local sounds of Fingal, Dublin. Richie’s project will focus on
pushing the boundaries of ambient music and will develop his skills as an ambient artist by exploring sounds, audio processing techniques, synthesis and
composition.

Tia Vellani is a Kilkenny-based artist who explores the relationship between
music and visual art. Tia’s work has a particular emphasis on emotional impacts
and creative origins. Through this award Tia will; study the works of artists and
composers who combine music and visual art; research the science of the
connections between music and art; and use this research to develop ideas for
future work.

Trudie Gorman is a writer based in Dublin. Through this award, Trudie will
develop her practice of nonfiction and experimental memoir writing. She will
delve into topics such as the sick body, gender, class, and displacement, with
the goal of developing a larger body of nonfiction work in the future.

Vera Klute is a Kilkenny-based visual artist. Vera will explore more
experimental ways of working and conduct preliminary development through
sculpture and kinetics. She will use this award as an extended period of
practical research, experimentation and exploration of materials with the aim
to develop new work in the future.

Congratulations to all of the awarded artists!
You can find more information about the Arts and Disability Connect Scheme here.

 

 

Crown by Vera Klute, Oil on Linen, 160 x 120cm, 2022, photo by Vera Klute.

Image description: Painted delicately and in minute detail, Crown by Vera Klute features a colourful landscape of plants and woodland including vast multicolour vines and ferns. The top of the painting features tall trees up to the skyline, with the greenery getting densest towards the centre of the canvas. A tall fern stands in the centre, light reflecting off its leaves, with an immense spread of plantlife below it.


The exterior of the Limerick City Arts Gallery. The building features a large oval door at the entrance, with a small square sign above. There are four square windows to the right of the building, and four rounded, oval windows to the left. In the foreground there are two beds of red flowers either side of a pathway across the road from the gallery.



Limerick City Gallery of Art is delighted to announce an open call for the upcoming 2024 edition of the Test Space Residency programme.

Test Space Residency is a programme which has been running since 2021. It facilitates studio space, financial support, and mentoring for a wide range of practitioners who wish to engage with the gallery.

Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA) is expecting to host 4 residencies during 2024, selected through this open call, each for eight weeks duration. Practitioners are asked to spend at least 15 hours per week in the gallery. Informed by a strong commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) values, the programme asks practitioners to spend this time developing an EDI related community arts practise, new project or research, and to engage with visitors, selected communities and staff at the gallery.

This year, the Test Space residency is not just being offered to artists, but seeks inclusive applications across all art forms and disciplines. This includes but is not limited to; researchers, artists, curators, arts academics, educators, writers, poets, performing artists, film and media producers, and those working cross-disciplinary or in mixed media.

  • Provisions by LCGA include the following:
  • Use of a large upstairs studio space (Herbert Gallery)
  • Support and guidance from the LCGA team
  • Access to the Collection or archives as relevant
  • The opportunity to host a workshop or public engagement event of your choice at the gallery
  • A competitive practitioners fee

Applications are open until 5pm 22 December 2023. Full information regarding this open call can be found on the LCGA website. For any further enquiries, please email artgallery@limerick.ie

LCGA is committed to an Equality, Human Rights and Diversity (EHRD) policy, which promotes equality of opportunity for all, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, civic or family status, religion, age, disability, socio-economic background, race, or as a member of the Traveller community.

Supported by Limerick City and County Council and the Arts Council.


Wicklow City Arts Office Funding Scheme poster



The Wicklow County Arts Office offers various funding schemes and supports artists, arts organizations, and community groups in developing and promoting artistic endeavours in the region.

Wicklow County Arts Office established its Funding Schemes to support artists, festivals, communities, arts participation and art form development. These initiatives are integral to Wicklow County Council’s broader efforts to encourage excellence in the arts and enhance community involvement in artistic endeavours across the county.

 

Applications are open from 1 December 2023 until 16 February 2024. 

 

This year Wicklow County Council Arts Office will be accepting applications under 3 schemes:

-Artist Award

-Artist & Community Collaboration

-Arts Festival Award

 

Scheme purpose
The purpose of the Funding Schemes is to support the programming and development of Artists and Communities in County Wicklow. It is the intention that these awards will fund, in full or in part, a particular aspect of an Artist, Festival and Community project, development plan or programme for 2024.

 

Application Support
For the first time, Wicklow County Arts Office is offering a new application support service from Wednesday, 10 January to Friday, 9 February 2024.

This service offers artists, communities, and festivals the opportunity to engage in one 30-minute consultation which will enable participants to pose questions, seek guidance and access support from a member of the Arts Office team. Available on a first come first served basis, please email wao@wicklowcoco.ie to schedule a suitable date and time.

Wicklow County Arts Office will also provide two Funding Clinics in early 2024. Leading the first session on Monday, 15 January 2024 is well-known curator and writer on art and architecture Marianne O’Kane Boal. For the past 11 years Marianne has delivered professional development workshops for Visual Artists Ireland focusing on tendering, creative proposals, work presentation, and public art. This Clinic will focus on the Artist Award scheme and the Artist & Community Collaboration Award scheme.

The second clinic takes place on Thursday, 18 January 2024 and will be facilitated by arts consultant, coach and curator Helen Meany. Helen is an experienced assessor of funding applications for grants and awards for the Arts Council and local authority Arts Offices. This Clinic will focus on the Arts Festival Award scheme.

Book now HERE

The application window opens on Friday 1st December 2023 and closes on Friday 16th February 2024 at 4pm.

How to apply? For more infomation head HERE

 

 


Age and Opportunity



Age & Opportunity and Arts & Disability Ireland are seeking tenders from suitably qualified individuals or organisations to carry out an Arts, Disability and Older Person training review as part of its joint Access initiative.

 

Age & Opportunity and Arts & Disability Ireland have been working together for a number of years to generate information on older audiences and those with disabilities. Part of our work involves developing training supports for arts organisations wishing to work with older people. As a first step in delivering these supports, we wish to ascertain what key arts, disability and older people training supports currently exist in Ireland and more particularly, further afield. This work will feed into and support the rolling out of Age & Opportunity’s Arts and Creative Charter for Older People.

 

Age & Opportunity: 

The national organisation that provides a range of opportunities for older people who want to get more involved in arts and culture, sport and physical activity, civic engagement and personal development. Their aim is to enable the best quality of life for us all as we age, where we are more active, more visible, more creative, more connected and more confident.

Arts and Creative Charter for Older People:

The Arts and Creative Charter for Older People is a set of eight commitments to older arts participants, audiences and artists in Ireland. It aims to increase and enrich their experience of and confidence in arts organisations in Ireland. The Charter was developed over three years as an alignment and collaboration between arts policymakers, practitioners and the public.

 

More information on the tender and how to apply can be downloaded from the following document:

Tender for Researcher for Arts, Disability and Older Person training review

 

Interested parties should submit a proposal to Jessica Burton Restrick, Arts Programme Administrator at arts@ageandopportunity.ie by 5pm, Friday 3rd November.


Blue Teapot Theatre Company Actors



ASPIRING ACTORS, WANTED!

The award-winning Blue Teapot Theatre Company is looking to expand their talent pool by inviting aspiring actors aged 18 and over with an intellectual disability to audition for a permanent place within the resident company of artists.

 

Based in Galway City, Blue Teapot will be holding open auditions for a small number of places, casting the net wide in search of brilliant talent.

Previous acting experience is not necessary; many actors come to their careers as diamonds in the rough looking for an opportunity to shine. The successful candidates will join a vibrant, experienced cohort of actors to develop and perform theatre on Ireland’s main stages and beyond. This positive development is part of an overall expansion, aligned to the company’s Strategic Arts Plan (2023 to 2027).

Interested candidates should go to Blue Teapot’s website for detailed information

www.blueteapot.ie/audition on how to apply.

https://blueteapot.ie/aspiring-actors-we-want-you/

 

 

Auditions will be held in Galway in late November and early December.

Deadline  for applications is 12pm Monday 13 November.

 


Fringe Lab Break New Ground Awards



Applications for Break New Ground Bursary are now open.

FRINGE LAB is delighted to be back with the Break New Ground Bursary, which will support an artist who has not led a project at Dublin Fringe Festival before, towards developing an ambitious new idea for live performance.

This bursary will provide tailored support towards the creation of a project for a future Dublin Fringe Festival debut with a €4750 bursary, a €750 mentorship allocation and in-kind supports to the value of €2000.

The bursary aims to support the development of bold work, radical art-forms and ambitious ideas.  Artists whose backgrounds are in music, spoken word, club, live art, comedy, installation, cabaret, community building, and circus are especially welcome to apply.

Fringe Fest wants to support the development of bold work, radical art-forms and ambitious ideas. They are searching for artists who want to make work that blends disciplines; who want to expand their practice to be more experimental or more theatrical depending on their current practice. Fringe Lab champions interdisciplinarity and support projects and approaches that otherwise might fall through the cracks. They encourage new artists, and artists working professionally in one genre that want to try something new to apply. They’re especially interested in supporting artists whose backgrounds are in music, spoken word, club, live art, comedy, installation, cabaret, community building, and circus.

This bursary is to support the development of an idea for a new, full length live performance work.  The bursary recipients will be invited to present their work in a future edition of Dublin Fringe Festival, from 2024 onwards.

Deadline for applications is 10am on Tuesday 7 November 2023.

Learn more & Apply: 

https://www.fringefest.com/news/break-new-ground-applications-now-open

 

Image:  Sl(t)áinte by Kate Dunne (Dublin Fringe Festival 2023), recipient of 2022 Bursary.

Photo credit: Simon Lazewski

 


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Arts Grants and Bursary Awards 2024

A fantastic opportunity invites applications for funding towards arts projects and programmes in the 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).

Dublin City Council through the City Arts Office is conducting a review of Arts Grants. For some time City Councillors engaged in adjudicating the Arts Grants process have pointed out that the funds allocated have not increased for many years. There is also a recognition that Arts funding has naturally been greater in areas where arts infrastructure such as theatres and galleries are concentrated i.e. close to the city centre and as well as supporting the great arts organisations and building in central Dublin, Dublin City Council also want to further develop and support Artists, Participants and Audiences outside of the city centre.

The arts are a unique and fundamental part of Dublin’s identity. The City Arts Office ensures that the arts remain a vital part of living in, working in and visiting the capital city. By leading, developing and working in partnership, they support artists, arts organisations and the city’s communities to deliver quality arts experiences that contribute to Dublin’s cultural life and its reputation as a modern vibrant city, rich in heritage.

Open call deadline is on the 22nd of November 2023

You can sign up for Information Sessions which are being held on Thursday 12th of October for all categories of Arts Grants & Bursary Awards to provide help and guidance with all aspect of the application process.

Find out more information on how to sign up here

 

 

 


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Our partner TULCA Festival of Visual Arts is now accepting applications for its 2023 Volunteer Programme.

TULCA is a multi-venue, artist-centered festival of contemporary art that works with Irish Curators to present innovative exhibitions that provoke and energise audiences into the world of the visual arts. This year’s TULCA programme is curated by Iarlaith Ní Fheorais and is titled; honey, milk and salt in a Seashell Before Sunrise. The festival will run from 3 – 19 November 2023 across multiple galleries in Galway city and county.

TULCA Volunteer Programme | 3-19 November 2023

Get involved with TULCA Volounteer Programme that will give you first- hand working experience of the time, energy and ambition that goes into the production and smooth running of the festival.

Tasks Include:

Invigilation of TULCA Festival art galleries

Assisting with the delivery of programme events

Supporting education tours and workshops

Benefits: Participating in TULCA Festival gives you hands-on experience of the time, energy, drive and ambition that goes into the production and running of a contemporary visual art festival. TULCA Festival values those that volunteer with us as most of the TULCA team started out as volunteers. We seek to provide an enriching, educational, and uplifting time for all of our volunteers.

Gallery Assistant Duties: Art Gallery invigilation, ensuring the safety and security of artworks on display, providing a warm and welcoming environment for our visitors, point of contact for gallery visitors, ensure audience are adhering to latest HSE safety guidelines.

Live Event Duties: Event venue invigilation, assist production team with delivery of event, providing a warm and welcoming environment for our visitors, point of contact for event visitors, ensure audience are adhering to latest HSE safety guidelines.

Educational Duties: Represent TULCA, meet and greet, support/assist with art gallery tours, usher groups between venues, support/assist workshop facilitators, supervision support, ensure groups are adhering to latest HSE safety guidelines.

🔗Learn more at www.tulca.ie/volunteer 
❔Have questions? Email TULCA at volunteer@tulca.ie

If you have a love of the arts and want to be part of an energising team then TULCA Festival of Visual Arts is the place for you! Volunteer shift hours are from 12pm-3pm or 3pm-6pm everyday during the duration of the Festival.

You can Sign up here

Image Credit: video screenshots from Laura Griffin Photographer and Media, promo video for TULCA volunteering.




Music and Health Ireland, in association with Réalta, the National Body for Arts + Health in Ireland, is pleased to announce details of its forthcoming Introduction to Music in Healthcare and Community Settings training programme.

This five-day course is designed for recent graduates, early career musicians and/or professional musicians interested in exploring the idea of bringing music into healthcare and community spaces with a focus on older persons’ settings.

Participants will learn from highly experienced musicians who have trained in best-practice musical and pedagogical techniques specifically developed for quality outcomes in healthcare.

The course takes place Monday 6 – Friday 10 November 2023 at the Réalta Centre for Arts + Health at University Hospital Waterford.

Places are limited to ensure a high quality experience for all participants. Early Bird application deadline Friday 01 September.

Click here for further information and application details.

This project is supported by the Arts Council.

Photo credit: Dave Keegan


This is a collage image using graphics and photographs by artist Orla Casey. This is a still from an augmented reality app. There are three photographs in black and white of people on a white and sky blue striped graphic background. Surrounding the head of each person there are colour photographs of different things from popular culture including a hamburger, the strawberry dress, dogs, dolls, accessories, flowers, Santa Claus and hand with blue nail varnish.



The Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland announce the awarded artists for Opportunity One of the Arts and Disability Connect scheme 2023.

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.

The Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland are delighted to announce that €37,000 has been awarded to 13 artists through Mentoring awards and Training awards as part of Opportunity One in 2023

“Since its inception in 2014, the Arts and Disability Connect funding scheme has awarded 157 artists a total of €517,436.  Now in its 10th year, artists continue to use the scheme to develop and push the boundaries of their professional arts practice, bringing their unique voice to Irish cultural life”
-Pádraig Naughton, Executive Director of Arts & Disability Ireland.

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 Opportunity One, 12 artists received Mentoring awards.

Aishling Muller is a photographer and performance artist based in Co. Westmeath. She will work with mentor Laurie Legrand from the Laboratory of Living Arts and The Learning Garden School to develop a hand crafted photography book.

Aisling Walsh is a writer based in Co. Clare. She will work with her mentor Gavin McCrea who will give her critical feedback on her work ‘True Lavender’ a work of queer historical fiction. For the mentorship Aisling will focus on the transition from short story writing to a longer form novel.

Amy Q Redmond is a playwright based in Dublin. Amy will develop her play ‘The Midas Touch’ with dramaturg Jessica Traynor who will offer structured time and ongoing critique. Through this process Amy hopes to have a draft ready for submission to new work departments in various production companies.

Anna Duffy is a Dublin based visual artist. She will develop her skills in encaustic painting with her mentor Isabelle Gaborit. Anna will do a series of sessions where she will work with Isabelle on various themes and techniques to expand her capabilities.

Helen O’Flynn is a writer based in Cork. She will work with author Kevin Doyle who will give her feedback in relation to scene structure, dialogue, setting, narrative arcs and character flaws in the novel she’s currently developing, entitled ‘Laherdane’.

Jane Hackett is a musician based in Co. Dublin who wants to further explore sound production, theory and online processes in relation to violin playing and her own compositions. She will develop these skills over mentoring sessions with sound technician Adrian Hart.

Jan Michelle Mahon is a visual artist based in Co. Kilkenny. Jan will work with her mentor Etaoin Holahan to develop her portrait painting and explore future exhibition possibilities including research through museum and gallery visits.

Jennifer Cunningham is a visual artist based in Galway. They will work with their mentor Eilís Murphy to explore and test out ideas for creating a hand-made artist book. Through this process Jennifer will develop skills in book binding, printing, paper engineering and other techniques.

Jill Kenny is a writer based in Co. Offaly. She will work with her mentor Joanna Walsh to develop her auto fiction work ‘Animal’. Joanna will work with Jill on developing her manuscript, focusing on structure, chapter layout and editing.

Karolina Grudniewska is a Dublin based visual artist, ceramicist, and illustrator. She will work with Lisa Marie Griffith, a researcher and writer, to develop an outline for a book combining photography, word, and illustration that will tell the story of the Irish ceramic scene from the point of view of a studio dog named Leeloo.

Orla Casey is a virtual reality (VR) artist based in Co. Sligo. With her mentor Daniel Staine from Algorithm Productions, Orla will further develop her knowledge of VR art techniques and concepts to expand her skills in interactive art. This mentorship will also provide an opportunity for feedback on her current VR art.

Rose Servitova is a writer based in Co. Limerick. She will develop ‘Their Silent Course’, her Irish historical fiction novel with author Niamh Boyce who will give guidance and feedback on the pacing and narrative devices.

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 Opportunity One, one artists received a Training award.

Anthony Cullen is a Dublin based visual artist. He will do a screen-printing course at Damn Fine Print in Dublin. From this course he will develop the skills to print a comic book format.

Congratulations to all of the awarded artists!

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

Image: Interspace, (2021), augmented reality collage, created as part of a project with Western Care, Co. Mayo. Image courtesy of the artist Orla Casey


Banner image with 'Arts and Disability Connect' logo in purple and orange in the top left hand corner with text below reading ‘a scheme for artists with disabilities’. This text on the left hand side is against a beige background. On the right hand side of the image is a section with colourful geometric patterns on a purple background.



The Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland are delighted to have opened applications for the Arts and Disability Connect awards scheme Opportunity Two 2023.

Opportunity Two, offering New Work and Research and Reflection awards, opens on Monday 14 August, with a deadline of Tuesday 10 October at 4pm.

There are four different strands within the scheme: Mentoring, Training, New Work, and Research and Reflection (previously known as Research and Development).

In 2023, these four strands are split across two opportunities:

The first opportunity, which closed in early June, included Mentoring and Training awards.

This second opportunity includes New Work or Research and Reflection awards (previously known as Research and Development).

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

Application forms, guidelines, easy read information and FAQs for Opportunity Two can be downloaded here.

ADC Come Ask Questions session
Join the ADI team and ask any questions you have about making an application to the Arts and Disability Connect scheme. This will be held on Tuesday 19 September at 12-1pm via Zoom. Irish Sign Language interpreters will be provided by Bridge Interpreting and speech to text will be provided by MyClearText. Click here to register for the Come Ask Questions session.

Applicant support
Artists and people supporting them to apply can book in applicant support up until Thursday 5 October. This is for up to one hour of support either on the phone, Zoom or by email. Click here to book applicant support.

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




Waterford Healing Arts issues Open Call for Artists, Musicians, Writers and Dancers

Waterford Healing Arts has issued an Open Call to artists of all art forms, including visual artists, musicians, writers and dance artists, to apply to join its Artist Panel. Artists will be engaged to deliver key Waterford Healing Arts programmes at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) and other healthcare settings in Waterford. Further information, including an application form, are available from Waterford Healing Arts wha@hse.ie 051 842664 or www.waterfordhealingarts.com

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 28 July at 12 noon.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview / audition, as appropriate.

Waterford Healing Arts (WHA) is Ireland’s leading arts and health programme, providing opportunities for patients, family members and staff to engage in high quality arts experiences at UHW and other healthcare settings. The role of the artist is to deliver inspiring and uplifting arts experiences which are responsive to the needs of patients/ health service users, family members and healthcare staff.

Artists selected for the WHA Artist Panel will be engaged on a freelance basis for a period of two years to deliver key programmes, including, but not limited to:
Arts Programme in Renal Dialysis (artists, musicians, writers, dance artists)
Healing Sounds live music programme (musicians)
Iontas Arts and Mental Health Programme (artists, musicians, writers, dance artists)
Open Gallery inclusive art viewing programme (visual artists)

Artists, musicians, writers and dance artists interested in applying should have:
– previous experience in delivering participatory/ collaborative arts experiences
– excellent interpersonal skills
– an understanding of, and genuine interest in the role of the arts in healthcare contexts.

In addition, musicians should have:
– a high level of musical competence, performance experience and repertoire, and an ability / willingness to use voice.
Announcing details of the Open Call, Claire Meaney, Director of Réalta/Waterford Healing Arts, said “We are very excited to announce this Open Call and to provide such rich opportunities for artists, musicians, writers and dance artists to work with us. We are a vibrant, forward thinking organisation, delivering arts programmes of the highest quality in healthcare and community contexts, and we see the positive impact of our work every day. We are passionate about what we do, so we’re looking for similarly passionate and dedicated individuals to join our Artist Panel. While we are looking for experienced arts practitioners, additional training will also be provided. This includes induction training, shadowing opportunities, ongoing mentoring and continuous professional development workshops, as well as support from the Réalta/Waterford Healing Arts team.”

Waterford Healing Arts brings arts experiences – music, visual art, creative writing and storytelling – to the bedside of patients at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) and other healthcare settings. Core funded by the Arts Council and the HSE, this extensive arts and health programme promotes creativity, connection and discovery and seeks to reduce isolation, anxiety and stress for patients, family members and staff, and is delivered by professional artists in partnership with healthcare professionals. In addition, as part of Réalta, the National Body for Arts + Health in Ireland, Waterford Healing Arts offers its programmes and systems as examples of good practice, it pilots new ideas and initiatives, and this invaluable experience and insight informs Réalta’s programmes.




Arts & Disability Ireland will host an online seminar on the 18th of April at 2.30pm.

This introductory webinar on the ‘Why’ and ‘How’ of Accessibility in Cultural Contexts will give an overview of the legal and regulatory obligations that apply to arts centres, galleries, museums, festivals and night-time economy venues when implementing accessibility for people with disabilities.

Our panel of four presenters will share their expertise on practical approaches to minimising barriers to access. This will include presentations on the built environment surrounding cultural spaces, designing accessible websites and organisational access auditing in terms of facilities, programme and services, all set in the context of Irish disability, equality and human rights legislation.

Speakers will include:

  • Léa Urzel Francil, PhD researcher, ERC Project DANCING, Dept of Law & Criminology, NUI Maynooth.
  • Dr. Gerald Craddock, Chief Officer, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, National Disability Authority.
  • Eoin O’Herlihy, Managing Director, O’Herlihy Access Consultancy.
  • Dr. Donal Fitzpatrick, Senior ICT Design Advisor, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, National Disability Authority.

This webinar will last for 90 minutes. Each presenter will speak for approximately 15 minutes which will be followed by a facilitated Q&A.

A Zoom link will be circulated to attendees on the 17th of April a day prior to the webinar.

ISL interpreters will be provided by Bridge Interpreting. Speech to text will be provided by MyClearText.

For details on how to book, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-why-and-how-of-accessibility-in-cultural-contexts-tickets-591363061837

If you have any questions about the session, please email: adrian@adiarts.ie

Read more here


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The Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland are delighted to announce the dates for the Arts and Disability Connect awards scheme 2023.
There are four different strands within the scheme: Mentoring, Training, New Work, and Research and Development.

This year these four strands are split across two opportunities:

The first opportunity includes Mentoring or Training awards,

The second opportunity includes New Work or Research and Development awards.

Opportunity One (Mentoring awards or Training awards) opens on Monday 3 April, with a deadline of Wednesday 7 June at 4pm.

Opportunity Two (New Work awards or Research and Development awards) opens on Monday 14 August, with a deadline of Tuesday 10 October at 4pm.

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

Application forms, guidelines, easy read information and FAQs for Opportunity One can be downloaded here.

ADC Come Ask Questions session
Join the ADI team and ask any questions you have about making an application to the Arts and Disability Connect scheme. This will be held on Tuesday 16 May at 12-1pm via Zoom. ISL interpreters will be provided by Bridge Interpreting and speech to text will be provided by MyClearText. Click here to register for Come Ask Questions

Applicant support
Artists and people supporting them to apply can book in applicant support up until Thursday 1 June. This is for up to one hour of support either on the phone, Zoom or by email. Click here to book applicant support.

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


Image from Bridget O'Gorman 'A Constitution of Iron' (2017/18) Video documentation of performance (Still) Filmed on location at Birmingham School of Art, UK. Images courtesy of the artist.



The Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland announce the awarded artists for round two 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 was awarded to artists with disabilities through the scheme in 2022.

The Arts Council and Arts & Disability Ireland are delighted to announce that €60,039.20 has been awarded to 13 artists through New Work, Research and Development, Mentoring and Training awards in round two.

“2022 has seen an exponential increase in applications to Arts and Disability Connect, up 59% on 2021! It is astounding to see the continued growth in innovative practice and ambition coming from artists with disabilities from across Ireland!”
-Pádraig Naughton, Executive Director of Arts & Disability Ireland.

New Work
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.

Bridget O’Gorman is an artist and writer. Her practice explores the instability of objects and bodies. In partnership with TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, Bridget will present ‘Support Work’, an ambitious sculptural installation and collection of texts exploring access, support and creative collaborations at TULCA 2023.

Sarah Browne’s practice is concerned with spoken and unspoken, bodily experiences of knowledge, labour and justice. In partnership with Sirius Arts Centre, Sarah will present ‘LAUGH TRACK’, a film which will reflect on cinema’s representation of physical comedy and disability, and the political potential of shared laughter in the collective viewing experience. ‘LAUGH TRACK’ will be presented by Sirius  as a screening and event in November 2023 as part of their programme for Cork International Film Festival.

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.

Cecilia Bullo is a visual artist based in Dublin. Cecilia will use this time to research global feminist and archetypal icons of resistance, such as Sheela-Na-Gig, Pentisilea and Medusa and their manifestation through history and to explore a new language within her work enriching her practice.

Alison Clarke is a choreographer and dance artist. Working in consultation with psychologist Nichola Crawford, Alison’s research project will focus on how artists can protect their mental health during the creative process. Topics which will be examined include dealing with feedback and rejection, creating vulnerable art and retaining emotional stability.

Daniel Fraser is a writer based in Cork. Daniel will use the time to produce a body of new work, improve technical skills and explore new approaches to methods. Through his work, Daniel will explore issues such as the role of human beings in the economies of nature and history, the politics of environment/ecology, and the effects of mental illness on language and thought. Daniel will also engage in site-specific work based on two environmental areas of Cork/West Cork.

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.

Aoife O’Ceallachain is a theatre maker based in Dublin. Aoife will work with playwright Jody O’Neill on developing her own playwriting practice. The mentorship with cover topics such as storytelling techniques and how to incorporate biography into the creative process.

Colm Higgins is a filmmaker based in Wicklow. Colm will use the award to begin working with super-8 motion picture film under the guidance of Mella Travers, CEO of The Darkroom. The mentorship will be focused around particular aspects of the format, and the creative possibilities which are opened by working with black and white film.

Mimi Seery is a visual artist based in Offaly. Mimi will work with mentor Alan James Burns on developing her artistic practice from solo work to more collaborative projects as well as working with community groups.

Robert Creed is an Irish traditional musician, composer, choral singer and poet based in Kildare. Under the mentorship of Dr. McMullan-Glossop, Roberts aim is to write a poem about music and sight loss as well as a melody line for SATB choir.

Trudie Gorman is a poet based in Dublin. Trudie will work with acclaimed poet Victoria Kennefick to create a poetry collection to be published. The focus of the mentoring sessions will be on narrative construction, editing and refining.

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, three artists received Training awards.

Moss Russell is a circus performer based in Cork. Through a training plan, Moss will work with fellow circus artist Gill Byrne on improving her circus skills and technique.

Brian Lambert is a visual artist based in Dublin. Brian will work with artist Larry Byrne on developing his overall visual arts practice, from technical materials to conceptual considerations.

Bríd Flood is a visual artist based in Dublin. Bríd will partake in a 10 week graphic design course through the Dublin Institute of Design which will inform the development of her own artistic practice.

Congratulations to all of the awarded artists!

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

Image: A Constitution of Iron (2017/18), Video documentation of performance (Still). Filmed on location at Birmingham School of Art, UK. Image courtesy of the artist, Bridget O’Gorman


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Connecting Artists is a programme designed for visual artists with intellectual disabilities who wish to develop their creative practice

The programme is designed to elevate the talent within this community, and prepare participants for exhibiting their art and the development of the ambition to sell their work. Connections Arts Centre are delighted to have the support of the Royal College of Surgeons (RSCI) Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit since this programme commenced.

How Does Connecting Artists Work?

The Connecting Artists programme works online over 10 weeks, with an in-person art exhibition to be held at the end of the programme in the magnificent Royal College of Surgeons College Hall in Dublin 2. 10 artists will be selected from all over Ireland.

Each week, these artists will participate in an online group art session, via Zoom video call. In these sessions, artists will work with each other with the guidance of highly experienced facilitator and artist Sharon Devlin to develop their creative practice and work towards exhibiting their work.

Each artist will also have a separate weekly online session with a dedicated mentor, who will provide one to one support and guidance in developing their creative practice. Throughout the programme, each artist will gradually work on a piece of art to be included in the group exhibition held at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin.

For more information and to sign up for the Connecting Artists Programme, please visit https://www.connectionsartscentre.ie/ca23




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 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

 


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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.