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iDA Grant aid opportunities for Disabled/Deaf Artists announced


In December/January, Northern Ireland’s disabled and deaf artists have a great opportunity for financial support to develop their work under the iDA (individual disabled/deaf artists) grant scheme.

The application process opens on December 1, with the deadline for applications Friday, 15th January 2016 at 4pm. Artists can apply for up to £5,000.

The deadline for iDA applications is Friday 15th January 2016 at 4pm.


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Unself-ish by Belinda Larmour

Open to public:
Friday 30th October to Friday 4th December 2015

Gallery opening hours:
Tuesday to Friday, 11am-3pm
Admission free


Unself-ish is a series of small square portraits, portrayed in natural light with earthy tones. The antithesis of contemporary ‘selfies’, Belinda Larmour’s work reclaims the traditional artform of thoughtful painted portraits. She wonders if it is possible to capture something of the essence of those portrayed.
“I have always been fascinated by people’s faces - by the subtle differences in shapes and tones, colours and textures, which allow us to feel that we understand something of the character of this person in front of us.”
Alongside her work as a professional musician and teacher, for the past few years Belinda Larmour has increasingly been focused on painting. Considering the links between painting and music she says that both visual art and music involve shape, colour, texture, line, repetition, contrast, structure, and technique - and allow the brain to operate in a non-verbal way. She combines self-originated painting with a growing number of portrait commissions, working mainly in acrylics.
“I have been painting portraits since I was at school.  As an adult, I received a diagnosis of ASD and I find it interesting that one of the well-known things that people with ASD can struggle with is reading other people’s faces and expressions. It seems odd then that I am particularly drawn to paint portraits. Or is it that I am able to paint portraits because I see faces as a pattern of shapes and colours rather than as a personality?”
Belinda is a past winner of the Percy French Watercolour Competition and has exhibited with the Royal Ulster Academy and the Arts Society of Ulster – winning the ASU Perpetual Trophy in 2014. Last year she held her first solo exhibition at the Flax Gallery in Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey.
In 2013 Belinda was awarded a grant from the ADF’s Arts Council funded grant scheme to support individual disabled/deaf artists. This supported her to work on a composition for string quartet, again challenging assumptions connected with the ASD diagnosis, which can imply lack of imagination and creativity.
Unself-ish is on view at the Arts & Disability Forum, on the wheelchair-accessible Ground Floor of Cathedral Quarter Workspaces, at 109-113 Royal Avenue in Belfast (Belfast Telegraph end, opposite the Mace shop). The exhibition will be open to the public from 30th October until Friday, 4th December.

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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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