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Deaf/Disabled Artist Support Fund announced by Arts Council and University of Atypical

Wednesday 6th May 2020 at 11am 0 Comments

Felting workshop by Niki Collier, Bounce Arts Festival 2019. Image courtesy of Paul Moore. Image: Felting workshop by Niki Collier, Bounce Arts Festival 2019. Image courtesy of Paul Moore.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland and University of Atypical are delighted to announce a new fund specifically for D/deaf and disabled artists in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Artists of all disciplines are invited to apply for 25 grants of up to £1,000 each, in order to support their practice, by 31st March 2021. The grants can support artistic output across any discipline and scale, alongside any associated access support requirements that D/deaf and disabled artists have. This fund is in addition to, not instead of, Arts Council’s other schemes such as the Artists’ Emergency Programme – D/deaf and disabled artists can apply for both. iDA recipients, or other artists who work on existing projects with University of Atypical, or have worked with the organisation previously, are also eligible to apply.

Damien Coyle, Chairperson of University of Atypical, says:

‘Recognition of the specific support that D/deaf and disabled artists require is more important now than ever. As the sector-lead organisation for D/deaf and disabled arts, we’re proud to be administrating this fund on behalf of Arts Council of Northern Ireland and are grateful for their ongoing support for the D/deaf and disabled arts community.’

Gilly Campbell, Head of Community Arts & Education, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, added:

‘In response to this tremendously challenging time for individual artists due to the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council is delighted to announce this new Deaf/Disabled Artists Support Fund, worth £25,000 of National Lottery funding. The aim of this fund is to financially support deaf/disabled artists in Northern Ireland, who have suffered a loss of earnings, to undertake research, professional development or a project. Working alongside the University of Atypical, we hope this new fund will have a significant, positive impact during this difficult time.  It’s also important to note that this fund is available in addition to, and not instead of, the Arts Council’s recently announced National Lottery supported £500,000 Artists Emergency Programme. We anticipate high interest in both programmes so please do apply as soon as possible.’

Further details and a short application form can be found on the University of Atypical website: and on our various social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please do not hesitate to contact if you require this information in another format. D/deaf people can text via 07854034765.

Applications to the fund will open on Wednesday 6th of May and will close on Wednesday 20th of May at 5pm.


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