Events 2017

by Helouise O’Reilly

The Gallery is open each day from Tuesday to Friday 11am to 3pm.
It is also open 5-9pm on Thursday 6th April for ‘Late Night Art’.

There will be an ‘In Conversation’ with Helouise O’Reilly at 1-2pm on Thursday 23rd March.

The exhibition closes Friday 7th April.


Disorder is a multi-screen installation by Helouise O’Reilly, which invites the viewer to experience life through the eyes of an adult with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Attention deficit disorder is a complex neuro-developmental disorder, which may be characterized by poor concentration and memory, disorganisation, impulsivity and inappropriate behavior. In spite of these impairments, people with the disorder may find they also have an extreme focus (known as a hyper focus) for subjects they find interesting. They may have a compulsive need to paint the house at 2am, splattering the furniture and windows in the process. Or find them lost for hours in a hyper focus looking for 1970s orange typewriters, or researching shark attacks in Australasia, or the life and times of Burt Lancaster.

The installation explores what it is like to have ADHD and some of the frustrations an individual with the condition may experience. It is
centered on the internal debate of whether to medicate or accept the condition. The work questions negative perceptions of the disorder and how, with a different perspective, these may in fact sometimes be a positive.

In the words of the artist:

“There is a pressure to conform to social norms and existing outside of these can leave a person feeling isolated and misunderstood. The promise of medication is that it can solve all of your problems. But at what cost?
The decision to medicate is a heavy one, particularly if it is to control a condition that exists from birth. It may feel like the condition is holding you back, stopping you from achieving your potential and even carrying out your day-to-day activities.

If medication is taken to block the negatives of a disorder, there may be a concern that other facets of the individual’s personality will also be blocked. Where, in fact, does the person end and the disorder begin? If you remove the disorder, will the same person be left behind?

A romantic image of the tortured artist is often portrayed. A creative person may find that, whilst a condition may inhibit their creativity at times, at other times it may propel it at warp speed. Thus the
notion of taking brain-altering medication may raise serious concerns.

‘Disorder’ is an exploration of identity and self-acceptance. Whether living with a diagnosed disorder or not, everyone has their own inner conflicts…there is a pressure to be productive, to fit within social norms. It’s all about perspective. In the end, we are left wondering, is it a ‘disorder’ or just an alternate state of being.”

For more information ring 02890 239450 or email Hugh O’Donnell at

by Alice Burns



The Arts and Disability Forum are delighted to be the host for Alice Burn’s exhibition ‘Hidden Narratives’.

‘Hidden Narrative’ runs from 3rd February to 3rd March 2017

Official opening: Thursday 2nd February 5pm to 7pm;


Gallery opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 11am to 3pm
Admission free: gallery accessible
Please arrange group visits in advance

If you require BSL or audio description, please contact Alan Sheeran on or (028) 9023 9450.

Alice will have a Conversation in the ADF gallery on Friday 24th February 1pm to 2pm 2017.

Details of a workshop that Alice will facilitate on 17th February at the ADF will follow in due course.


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