Author: Katie Campbell

Northern Irish disabled artists offered iDA grants

The iDA (individual disabled/deaf artists) scheme has today announced proposals to offer grants to deaf and disabled Northern Irish artists up to £5,000 to help develop their work. The scheme is run by the Arts and Disability Forum and receives funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the scheme aims to support disabled artists in Northern Ireland, with the aim of helping them further their careers and reach international recognition. Chris Ledger, chief executive of the Arts and Disability Forum, said: “The grant scheme is open to proposals from artists with all types of impairment or disability. This is...

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2018: The Year of the (Guide) Dog

Gong xi fa cai! Happy Chinese New Year! 2018 is the Year of the Dog in the Chinese Zodiac, representing those who are loyal, easygoing, friendly and compassionate, just like their canine compatriots. We’ve found our 12 favourite guide dogs to celebrate the holiday, and the incredible job that guide dogs do all year round in keeping their masters safe, guiding them through their daily lives and providing unconditional love, and peppered them with a few facts about guide dogs! Have an amazing New Year if you’re celebrating! 1. Evidence shows the Romans used guide dogs A first century...

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Visual arts charity receives funding for therapeutic workshop

City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, has awarded £87,900 to the Eye Music Trust, a Croydon-based charity specialising in connecting music technology with colour, light and space. This grant will fund a three-year programme to bring sensory workshops, based on marrying colour and sound in the charity’s Colourscape installations in over 15 special educational needs schools in London. The project will cater to children and young people ages four to 19. Children will be treated to a spectacular show of light and colour in the Eye Music Trust’s newly developed touch paintings and movement sensors, allowing...

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Actress Sara Beer to tackle Richard III in play

Actress Sara Beer, who has the same form of scoliosis that Richard III had, is set to play the monarch in a one-woman play that will debut on March 8 – International Women’s Day. Written by award-winning playwright Kaite O’Reilly, Richard III Redux is directed by Phillip Zarrilli, the play will explore the complex life of Richard III, who has become reviled by history, and was famously found buried underneath a car park in Leicester. The play is a comedic exploration of the monarch’s life, and a separate entity from Shakespeare’s historical play Richard III. Sara said: “I am extremely lucky to...

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Young boy sent hundreds of Valentine’s cards “to show that he is loved”

Warren Armstrong, a five-year-old boy from Manchester who has Moebius syndrome, confessed to his mother that he “hates” his face, and wants a new one. Mum Jannine Atkinson took this heartbreaking moment as a wonderful opportunity to show her son that he was loved. Warren is unable to move the left side of his face, has partial vision and syndactyly of the hands due to his rare syndrome. A friend of Jannine’s came up with the idea: over Facebook, she appealed to the world to send her son Valentine’s Day cards to show that he is loved, and people love...

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