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Opportunity: Bounce! workers and volunteers needed!!!

It's that Bouncy time of year again: everything is set for a weekend of wonderful, accessible work by disabled artists in Belfast.

We need voluntary helpers to make Bounce! Arts Festival run smoothly. This year's festival runs between Thursday 25th - Sunday 28th August.

- Volunteers get local travel/mileage and meal costs covered.

- All helpers get a free ticket to events they cover and to two others of their choice.

- Past Bounce! helpers have gone on to become ADF members, project workers, IDA grant recipients, board members and/or regular volunteers.

- Volunteers say how much fun they had.


What to do now

Please note that the deadline for applications is 3pm Friday 8th July. Please send all information to alan@adf.ie


Presently Absent


This exhibition presents artwork by Pat Lawson, curated by his daughter, Bronagh Lawson and including collaborations with Bronagh and her sisters, Clare Lawson and Ngaire Jackson.
Pat Lawson was born at home in Portaferry 1941, the night of the Belfast Blitz, while his father was walking the streets of Belfast as an air raid warden. He has drawn and painted all this life. An architect by profession he has lived, loved and built in Ireland North and South, in England, America and Africa, most famously having designed the 1960’s extension to the Ulster Museum.
Pat’s daughter, Bronagh Lawson, says:
“When my wonderful, flawed, creative dad eventually got diagnosed with vascular dementia, pain, shock, anger, fear all kicked in. Yet the experience of witnessing and helping him reconnect to his creative self after initial frustration has been a joy. Seeing how the creative urge keeps pushing through despite extreme difficulty, focusing on the joy of the moment and the creative act.
We artists so easily forget just what a magical experience it can be for others to watch us create, feeding off the creative act and watching the physical manifestation of creativity unfolding. When unable to participate, he loved to appreciate or critique the artistic activity going on around him.”
Pat Lawson is currently living in Lecale Lodge care home in Downpatrick. ‘Presently Absent’ curates a snapshot of the artistic activity produced in the last few years at Shore Road Portaferry.

'Art & Biscuits' programme

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The Arts & Disability Forum is running a new arts programme for individuals with memory difficulties, early stage dementia or Alzheimer’s to get involved along with a partner, friend, family member or carer.



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