Resource and Advocacy Service
Year(s): Since 1985 – 37 years
Target group(s): Artists and audiences with disabilities
Website or other online channels: https://adiarts.ie/
Through support for artists and audiences with disabilities they develop the work of disabled artists. Through advocacy with venues ADI promote access for both artists and audiences with disabilities.
Brief description of the outcomes
- Pushing boundaries in contemporary Irish arts practice through the showcasing of work by artists and companies with disabilities from Ireland and abroad in collaboration with arts venues, galleries and festivals.
- In championing the creativity of artists with disabilities Arts & Disability Ireland is committed to working with the arts sector to embed and mainstream access. The residency partnerships with Fire Station Artists’ Studios and axis:Ballymun are an opportunity for artists with disabilities to participate in a residency alongside their non-disabled peers in some of Dublin’s most dynamic and vibrant visual and performing arts organisations.
- Mentoring offers professionally focused development for artists. It opens the potential for knowledge sharing and gives artists the opportunity to observe and formally review aspects of their own practice in action. Mentoring can involve a mentor/mentee relationship which brings an experienced artist together with a less experienced artist, to guide and support their creative process.
- ADI expands the portfolio of development opportunities available to artists with disabilities by commissioning new work. ADI aims to create a bank of new and innovative work by artists with disabilities across all platforms.
Access: Support theatres, galleries, multi-disciplinary arts venues and festivals to integrate all access provisions in a holistic way across their spaces, programmes, customer service and marketing.
Audience development: Empower theatres, galleries, multidisciplinary arts venues and festivals to reach, develop and sustain audiences with disabilities as an integral part of their broader and ongoing audience development strategy.
Continuity: Establish local and/or regional partnerships to build continuity in access to arts programming for audiences with disabilities throughout localities and communities.
Accessing the arts
- Arts & Disability Ireland provide access services to the arts for audiences with disabilities. ADI works with venues and festivals to promote access for audiences with disabilities through speech to text, loop system, relaxed performances, ISL interpretation, open captioning, and audio description.
The arts and cultural environment
Leadership: Grow, cultivate and champion all committed arts leaders who can contribute to the development of arts and disability in Ireland at the highest level.
Partnership and collaboration: Endeavour to model all partnerships and collaborations in line with our vision, mission and values.
Research: Seek, develop and collaborate in research initiatives to advance policy and practice leading to wider inclusion of artists and audiences with disabilities in Ireland.
ADI will monitor and evaluate its impact by tracking progress through:
- capture and collate feedback from stakeholders at all of our public events
- continue to enhance systems for tracking the direct and indirect impact of our strategy
- keep abreast of what is happening in the external environment
- reflect on and learn from our direct experience and the experience of others
Impact on target groups / Transferability potential
Greater participation in and access to the arts for artists and audiences with disabilities.
Promoter of the initiative: Arts and Disability Ireland
Languages available: English
Website or other online channels: https://adiarts.ie