Pádraig Naughton became Executive Director of Arts & Disability Ireland in 2005. Under his direction ADI has evolved into being the national resource and development organisation for arts and disability in Ireland.
Pádraig holds a Degree in Craft Design Ceramics, National College of Art & Design Dublin (1993) and a PGCE in Art & Design Teaching, Bretton Hall College, University of Leeds West Yorkshire (1998). While a student he developed a specialist interest in art and visual impairment that grew into a studio practice focusing on tactile experimental sculpture and landscape drawing.
Subsequently Pádraig became Artists Manager and Artistic Director with Equata: Disability Arts Development Agency for South West England (2003) and was nominated by Arts Council England to participate in the first Creative Cultural Leadership Programme established by Exeter University and Dartington College of Art (2004).
Since 2015 Pádraig has presented Arts & Disability Radio on Near FM a community radio station in North Dublin and also sits on the station’s Programming Committee. Pádraig is the former Chair of the VSA Affiliate Network, comprising arts and disability organisations located in 37 US states, 2 Canadian provinces and 50 countries around the world.
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.