Events 2016

Guest 2

curated by Colin Darke

Thursday 8th December
to Friday 27th January 2017

Guest 2 is this year's ADF exhibition during the holiday season. It has been curated by Colin Darke and includes work from the following artists:

Alice Burns (glass)

Charissa Martin (fabric sculpture)

Elaine McGinn (photography)
live performance by Elaine McGinn
12th January 2017 12-2pm

George Robb (photography)

Paula Clarke (video)

Stephanie Harrison (print)

Image courtesy of Elaine McGinn

You are warmly invited to this launch from 5-7pm. We will also celebrate the festive season and plan to head out for drinks afterwards to a nearby pub.

Gallery opening hours:
Tuesday to Friday, 11am - 3pm
Please us know in advance if you require BSL or audio description.

North of Delmar
Fergus Jordan

Thursday 13th October
to Friday 25th November 2016

Launch: Thursday 20th October, 5 - 7pm
Artist's Conversation: Thursday 3rd November, 1pm




'Art & Biscuits' programme



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.


Information from Arts Care about opportunities for artists.


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Shiro Masuyama  

How disability made me an artist (free)


Shiro ‘How disability made me an artist’ Launch and exhibition
Launch Thursday  25th August
6 - 7pm then 26th - 28th  August
11am  -  4pm
ADF Gallery
Artists often  aren’t comfortable exposing personal experience of disability  through their art; but for this exhibition, Shiro Masuyama says: “I want to focus on how disability  has affected my art practice and  my life, by sharing  projects from childhood right through to my most  recent professional artistic practice.” The show includes thoughts from and  collaborations with Shiro’s mother, Tei Masuyama.

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.

There will be an informal talk by Bronagh Lawson on Thursday 30 th June at 1pm, as part of the ADF’s popular Conversations series.

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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