DISABLED artists from Kilkenny are being urged to take advantage of an all-Ireland awards scheme designed to nurture and develop their artistic talent.
The Arts and Disability Awards Ireland (ADAI) scheme is administered by the Belfast-based Arts and Disability Forum (ADF) and funded by both Arts Councils. ADF Chief Executive Chris Ledger described it as a competitive scheme that funds work of the highest artistic calibre and is open to disabled people working across the entire artistic spectrum.
“Disabled people can have fruitful and successful career in the arts. The ADAI scheme is not about rewarding people for having a go – we wouldn’t be so patronising. The grants recognise and develop work of extremely high artistic merit.
“The scheme is open to people with all ranges of disabilities including unseen conditions such as diabetes, dyslexia, epilepsy and mental health conditions.
“We’re particularly interested in targeting artists who don’t necessarily regard themselves as disabled and so aren’t sure if they qualify for an award. If people aren’t sure they are eligible, they are welcome to contact us for advice” she added.
The Arts Council and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland have combined to offer a total of around €45,000 funding to be made available to disabled artists.
Each individual artist can apply for a grant of up to €6,000 to help develop their work. For more information see www.adf.ie. All information including criteria, FAQs and guidelines is available on the website.