March 2008 - May 2008: Issue 26

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Online Resources for Irish Arts And Disability


Organizational Profiles Of Two Main General Resources

Arts and Disability Forum

The Arts & Disability Forum (ADF) was formed in 1993. The Forum exists to facilitate the empowerment of people with disabilities through the development of arts and disability culture, by promoting equal access to mainstream arts for people with disabilities (as both consumers and participants) and by campaigning for increased opportunities in arts education, training and employment. ADF works alongside the Arts Councils (both North and South), community groups, and artists with disabilities to achieve these goals.

ADF is a non-profit voluntary organization which provides:

In partnership with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaion the Arts & Disability Forum also administers the Arts & Disability Awards Ireland. £50,000 is awarded each year to artists with disabilities working in all art forms throughout Ireland. The purpose of the award is to inspire creativity, experimentation and artistic excellence and to help artists to develop new work, increase their skills and employability. For further information telephone/SMS 028 9023 9450, text phone 028 9032 5744 or e-mail

The Arts & Disability Forum has an extensive membership base, including individuals working in the arts, disability arts sectors and a wide range of organizations. The majority of members are artists with disabilities, of which over half are working at a professional level. ADF entitles members to a range of benefits, including:

For more information contact:

The Arts & Disability Forum
109-113 Royal Avenue, Belfast, BT1 1FF
Textphone: 028 9032 5744
Fax: 028 9024 7770

Arts and Disability Ireland

Arts and Disability Ireland (ADI) promotes the cultural equality of people with disabilities in the arts throughout Ireland. ADI champions people with disabilities as creators, producers, and audiences of the arts through disability equality trainings, community arts workshops and festivals, conferences, professional development workshops, and the Counterbalance Dance and Disability Project. With the assistance of a grant from the Arts Council, ADI is currently undergoing many changes such as staff expansion, the addition of a virtual arts center, and the extension of programs beyond the Dublin area. ADI programs such as Disability Cabarets that create a space for exploration, debate and celebration of disability culture, an Arts and Disability Mentoring Scheme that partners emerging artists with professional artists for career development, and ongoing workshops that facilitate opportunities for people with disabilities in the arts have all contributed to the development of the first Arts and Disability/Disability Arts Network in the Republic of Ireland. Additionally, ADI organized the first National Arts and Disability Festival in 2002.

For more information contact:

Arts and Disability Ireland
10/11 Earl Street South
Dublin 8, Ireland
Tel: 353-1-473-6600
Fax: 353-1-473-6599