Pádraig Naughton became Executive Director of Arts & Disability Ireland in 2005. ADI is the national resource and development organisation for arts and disability. Working strategically in partnership with the arts sector, ADI champions the creativity of artists with disabilities and promotes inclusive experiences for audiences with disabilities. Activities include commissioning, providing audio description and captioning and support for artists in creating new work through funding, residency, mentoring and training opportunities.
Pádraig is currently undertaking an LLM in International & Comparative Disability Law & Policy at NUI Galway (2020/22). He holds a PGCE in Arts & Design Teaching, Bretton Hall College, University of Leeds West Yorkshire (1998) and a Degree in Craft Design Ceramics, National College of Art & Design Dublin (1993). He established a studio practice focusing on tactile experimental sculpture and landscape drawing. Subsequently, he became Artistic Director with Equata: Disability Arts Development Agency for South West England (2003). Pádraig has served on the Boards of the Arts & Disability Forum (2002-2003 and 2007-2009) and Kildare Arts in Context (2010-2012) He is the former Chair of the VSA Affiliate Council (2015-2018), a global network of arts and disability organisations.
Arts & Disability Ireland is Ireland’s 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.