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A trio of images of Jody, Cian, and Alan James. Jody stands smiling against a white background with blonde hair in a short bob and a black floral dress. Cian smiles directly at the camera in a close up shot, with short dark hair, vivid blue eyes and a grey shirt. Alan James has brown curly short hair and a beard and looks at the camera against a white background wearing a denim shirt.

Discussion: Neurodiversity in the Arts Panel at Cavan Arts Festival

19 May 2024, 1:30 pm (Past)

Big Top, Con Smith Park, Cavan

Join Cavan Arts Festival for this very special gathering of artists as they share their fascinating and inspiring stories of their work and experiences.

This panel discussion will be ISL interpreted and features speakers Jody O’Neill, Cian Binchy, and Alan James Burns, at the Big Top on Sunday 19 May.

Jody O’Neill is an award-winning autistic writer and creator for theatre and screen.  She was a recipient of the 2022 Markievicz Award and is currently Theatre Artist-in-Residence at UCC and Cork Opera House.  She has two plays premiering at Cork Midsummer Festival in June 2024 (supported by the Arts Council): Grace – a play for young people and families about a non-speaking autistic girl, a mother, a ghost, and the sparrow who brings them together; and Home Sweet Home – a play about disability rights with Suisha Arts and Al Bellamy.

Cian Binchy is an actor, performer and advocate who is neurodivergent. He is from London and considers Cavan his second home. Performing on stage since his early schooldays, Cian has developed his own poetry, and worked on many collaborative and one man shows over the years. They include commentary on the day to day realities and experiences of people with disabilities, navigating life in general and specifically pursuing a career in the arts. He works with theatre company, Access All Areas, and was a performer in their most recent play, Imposter 22, in a successful run at The Royal Court Theatre, London, last autumn. Cian has performed and spoken as an advocate throughout the UK, including in the Houses of Parliament.

Alan James Burns is a neurodivergent, environmental and audiovisual artist, curator and festival maker producing interactive, socially engaged and site-specific projects. The focal points of their practice are disability, climate change and the human mind. Image by Lenka Mendes.

More information and tickets available at cavanartsfestival.ie.

The Arts

Alan James Burns
Cavan Arts Festival
Cian Binchy
Jody O'Neill