Arts & Disability Ireland and the Arts Council announce Arts and Disability Connect (ADC) a scheme open to artists with disabilities working in any artform.
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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, 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.
Information Clinics Arts & Disability Ireland will be hosting information clinics in Dublin, Mayo and Wexford. Tuesday 5th April, Linenhall Arts Centre Castlebar, Mayo at 3pm. Wednesday 13th April, The National Opera House, Wexford at 3pm. Thursday 14th April, Project Arts Centre, Dublin at 3pm. To attend please RSVP by 4th April to All of the venues are accessible for wheelchair users. If you require speech to text, Irish Sign Language interpretation or an induction loop system please notify us by the 31st March. Please contact us if you have any access queries.


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 using WeTransfer by 5pm on 5 May, 2016.


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.
Further information:

Contact Arts & Disability Ireland at 01 850 9002 or email


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