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 a developmental scheme so we welcome applications from emerging talent as well as from more established artists but decisions are made on artistic merit, talent and ambition.

“iDA grant recipients have gone on to all kinds of big opportunities. Shannon Yee’s award-winning immersive theatre piece, ‘Reassembled … slightly askew’ was seed-funded via the iDA grant scheme and has been touring in the UK and overseas pretty much continuously since completion, with the most recent activity being an extensive tour in Canada.

“Along with performance artist, Sinéad O’Donnell, who is also a previous iDA grant recipient, Shannon was selected this year by the Arts Council for a Major Individual Artist award. Two out of four of these prestigious awards went to disabled recipients who have progressed via iDA grants with support from the Arts & Disability Forum.”

The application process opens on Thursday 22 February, and the deadline for applying is 12 noon on Thursday 12 April 2018. Projects can begin in June 2018, and are expected to be complete by May 2019.

Artists can download the criteria and guidelines from the iDA micro-site.

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