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Igniting artists’ imaginations 

Ignite, a new platform to facilitate the creation of ambitious new work by professional artists with disabilities, is inviting submissions from Mayo artists.
Managed by the Arts Council, Arts and Disability Ireland (ADI), Mayo County Council, Cork City Council and Galway City and County Councils, it aims to support national and international collaboration between artists with disabilities; the making of new ambitious work by artists with disabilities; the presentation and marketing of commissioned work at local venues and festivals; and access to a more diverse range of work for more diverse local audiences.
In each county – Mayo, Cork and Galway – Ignite will award a commission by the end of 2013. There are three commissions in total, each to the maximum value of €60,000. Following that, in 2014, each new work will be presented at local level and the initiative will conclude with a tour of one of those new commissions to all three counties (and beyond) in spring 2015.
Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council, is enthusiastic about the initiative’s potential. “Ignite represents a major investment by the Arts Council in the area of arts and disability,” she said. “We expect this to raise the bar on work being produced and presented by local venues and festivals and provide the opportunity for both new and existing audiences to experience some of the best arts and disability work being created internationally today.”
Pádraig Naughton, Executive Director, Arts & Disability Ireland, said, “Ignite represents the single largest investment in the arts and disability sector ever. It is an opportunity to dream big and make real, new and innovative work by artists with disabilities, on a scale previously never before seen in Ireland.”

Details on the application process are available on the Arts and Disability Ireland website, www.adiarts.ie/news/ignite. The closing date for submissions is Thursday, September 26.