iDA, an awards scheme for disabled and deaf artists based in Northern Ireland

ADAI, the unique cross border scheme which benefited dozens of disabled and deaf artists, came to an end after An Chomhairle Ealaion, the Arts Council of Ireland, announced, earlier this year, that it was withdrawing its support.

However, the ADF has now reached an agreement with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and will soon be opening a 2014-15 scheme called iDA, which will be similar to the Arts & Disability Awards Ireland scheme. This will be for disabled/deaf artists based in Northern Ireland. News will be released shortly. (Last updated 9 September 2014).


Here you can access a slowly evolving gallery of artists who have been connected with the ADF over the years, in one way or another.

The ADF is in the process of setting up an agency to promote and represent disabled and deaf artists. If you are interested in employing or buying work from any of the artists you see on these pages we'd be happy to help you. Disabled and deaf artists from elsewhere looking for opportunities to present their work in Northern Ireland are also welcome to get in touch and we'll look at programming opportunities.

The range of work produced by artists shown and supported by ADF covers music composition, text and poetry, live performance, video work, print, painting, sculpture, installation and so on. So on these artists pages, we will try and accommodate all of that diversity.

The page will be composed in no particular order and the number of images for each artist will probably not exceed 6 images per project.
So... Watch this space!



Rowena Keaveny

Pandora Went Shopping
But Forgot The List




The Journey

The Journey


Lois Davies





Gondwanaland Vibrations

Gondwanaland Vibrations


Maurice Orr

Gondwanaland Vibrations

London Olympic Commission 2012


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