Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Funding and Development Agency
for The Arts in Northern Ireland

028 9262 3555

Arts & Disability

We have made a substantial investment to create new opportunities for disabled people to be involved in the arts on their own terms.

Our approach is based on the Social Model of disability and we place our emphasis on tackling barriers to equality.

Disabled people are one of the most marginalised groups in our society and still have limited opportunities to be involved in the arts.

The Arts Council works in partnership with and takes advice from disabled people. Whilst the Arts Council primarily connects with Arts & Disability practice, we also recognise and value Disability Arts.

• Arts & Disability covers a broad range of inclusive arts practice involving disabled people as artists, participants and audience members.

• Disability Arts is a specific form of arts practice where disabled artists create work that reflects their identity and experience as disabled people.