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Welcome to the May edition of our Newsletter
News this month
The Arts Council is partnering with a number of institutions to provide Initial Teacher Education for primary school teachers in Ireland
Bealtaine Festival 2017 programme launch -- #Alltogethernow: celebrating the power of the collective
The Readers’ Voice – Final Event
Grants and Awards
New Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Closing Dates announced
Ireland at Showcase Scotland & Celtic Connections 2018
Engaging with Architecture Scheme closing date
New Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Closing Dates announced
News from the community
Call for applications: artsandhealth.ie documentation bursary 2017
Arts Council Arts Participation Bursary Award Information Clinics in Carlow (12 May 2017) and Limerick (7 June 2017)
The Going Out Survey - National Arts & Disability Audience Research
The Going Out Survey - National Arts & Disability Audience Research

Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI) is working towards all arts and arts venues becoming fully accessible experiences for audiences with disabilities, which includes physical, hearing and visual access. The results will give a better understanding of how people with disabilities across Ireland engage with culture in its broadest sense, including the arts, and how that can be improved.

ADI has commissioned Heather Maitland to lead the research. Heather has experience with research, and audience development for people with disabilities and has worked with the Irish theatre sector as an audience development consultant.

The Going Out Survey is the first large scale quantitative research in Ireland looking at how people with disabilities engage with the arts.  It is an online survey designed and distributed in partnership with disability organisations.  It asks; how often people go out, what they do when they are out, motivations and barriers to going out, how people access information to go out and their hopes and preferences.

If you would like to participate and share the information, it will take about ten minutes to complete.  Just click on the link below to start:


This survey is in Plain English, approved by National Adult Literacy Agency

Click here for a version of the survey with Irish Sign Language video translations.

Click here to download an Easy Read guide to the survey.



The Going Out Survey builds on a programme of qualitative research carried out by Grogan Research Ltd in 2015. It looked at arts and culture engagement by people with disabilities living in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area.  The research was funded by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, HSE Arts and Health Partnership, ADI and dlr Social Inclusion Office.

The current national research project aims to explore how far these findings are replicated (or not) throughout Ireland. 

This research is funded by the Arts Council.

For further information about Arts & Disability Ireland and the National Audience Research see here, contact 01 850 9002 or email leah@adiarts.ie