Arts & Disability Ireland and the Arts Council have announced Arts and Disability Connect (ADC) a scheme open to artists with disabilities working in any artform.
This scheme is designed to support artists with disabilities to make new and ambitious work. It offers artists the opportunity to: connect with other practitioners or venues; make a change in their practice; ‘step up’ in terms of scope and scale; reach new audiences and to engage in mentoring and training.
Funded by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and managed by Arts & Disability Ireland on a pilot basis for a second year in 2015, ADC continues to be tailored closely to the needs of artists living in the Republic of Ireland in a way that complements other funding opportunities available.
Arts and Disability Connect has been created in response to the changing needs of the sector in the Republic of Ireland and in line with Arts Council commitments outlined in its “Arts and Disability Policy 2012 – 2016”.
Arts and Disability Connect has three funding strands:
Arts and Disability Connect New Work
2 awards of up to €8,000 each
For more established artists with a strong track record in their professional practice who wish to work with artists and arts partners to develop new work and present in established arts organisations, venues, and festivals etc.
Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring
3 awards of up to €2,000 each
For artists at all stages of career development including emerging artists who wish to engage in mentoring opportunities.
Arts and Disability Connect Training
3 awards of up to €1,000 each
For artists at all stages of career development, including emerging artists, who wish to engage in professional development and other learning opportunities.
Arts & Disability Ireland will be hosting information clinics in Cork, Dublin and Galway.
Tuesday 21st April, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork at 3pm.
Thursday 23rd April, Project Arts Centre, Dublin at 3pm.
Wednesday 29th April, Nun’s Island Theatre, Galway at 3pm.
To attend please RSVP by 17th of April to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All of the venues are accessible for wheelchair users.
A loop system will be in place for hearing aid users.
If you require speech to text please notify us by the 17th April.
Application process and deadline:
All application forms, guidelines and information documents can be downloaded here:
A completed application form along with all supporting material must be sent to email@example.com using WeTransfer by 5pm on 21 May, 2015.
Please note: applicants may submit an application for only one strand of ADC i.e. you must choose to apply either for Arts and Disability Connect New Work or Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring or Arts and Disability Connect Training.
ADI will gather feedback and suggestions from applicants and other interested parties throughout the duration of the pilot to inform the future development of the scheme.
Contact Arts & Disability Ireland at 01 850 9002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org