NI artist receives funding for Cultural Olympiad programme

The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the UK Arts Councils and the British Council have awarded £820,000 funding to a new round of major commissions for Unlimited, a programme that celebrates arts and culture by disabled and deaf artists.

Unlimited encourages collaborations and partnerships between disability arts organisations, disabled and deaf artists, producers, and mainstream organisations to celebrate the inspiration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Of the 13 new commissions by the UK’s talented disabled and deaf artists, Northern Ireland performance artist Sinead O’Donnell has received an award of £70,000 for her project; ‘Caution’.

Sinead is the second artist from Northern Ireland to have been awarded an Unlimited commission, joining Ballymena artist Maurice Orr, who was awarded a first round commission last year.

Applications for the third and final round of commissions are now welcomed from disabled and Deaf artists or disability arts groups wishing to create high quality work to form part of high profile showcase events across the UK. Further information on the application process can be found at


Irish Feature Anton on Nationwide Release

A new Irish feature film Anton is set for a nationwide release on 10th October and stars IFTA award-winner Gerard McSorley (In The Name of the Father, The Boxer and Omagh).

Helmed by award-winning director Graham Cantwell (A Dublin Story – shortlisted for Academy Award® nomination in 2004), it also stars Anthony Fox (The General, The Bill), Laura Way (The Clinic, The Tudors) and Ronan Wilmot (The Butcher Boy, Sweeney Todd). Other cast members include Cillian Roche, Andy Smith, Griet Van Damme and Rachel Rath. The feature was shot by award-winning DOP Fergal O’ Hanlon on location in Cavan, Dublin, Belfast and Paris

Inspired by true events, Anton is set in 1970s Ireland. Northern Ireland is in flames, and civil unrest has spilled south of the border. Blinded by hatred and misguided patriotism, Anton is led into an illicit world of violence and is forced to choose between his family and his country.

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