This autumn, three ground-breaking Ignite commissions will come to fruition in Galway, Mayo and Cork. The commissions represent the largest ever investment by the Arts Council in Ireland’s arts and disability sector.
Ignite is a new platform designed to generate Ireland’s most ambitious showcasing of talent from people with disabilities, led by international and Irish artists and performers with disabilities, with projects taking place in late 2014 and early 2015 in Galway, Mayo and Cork. This initiative built on five years of earlier developmental work carried out by the Arts Council, ADI and the four local authorities, in building capacity in the area of Arts and Disability at local level.
The Ignite commissions each represent an investment of up to €60,000. The initiative will conclude with a tour of one of the resulting works in the second half of 2015.
Ignite Galway! Friday 10 and Saturday 11 October
In Galway, Jez Colborne is working with Galway-based, That’s Life, and the Town Hall Theatre to create a musical experience entitled Trickster, inspired by the stories of Odysseus, a man on a journey. Sparked by Jez’s fascination with making music using sirens, foghorns, cranes and all things industrial, Trickster will immerse Galway audiences in a wave of sounds on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 October. This work will feature artists, musicians and performers with disabilities from That’s Life. Jez is a skilled international artist and composer and works in partnership with Mind The Gap.
Ignite Mayo! Ballina Friday 28 November
In Mayo, the internationally recognised Irish visual artist Aideen Barry and Ballina-based disability organisations are collaborating to produce a stop motion animation film, Silent Moves, inspired by the silent movies of the 1930s, melding together mime, music and movement. For the project, Aideen, known for her performance, film, sculpture, drawing, and installation work, is working with artists from the Western Care Ridgepool Training Centre and members of the Scannán Technologies group, along with dance artist and choreographer Emma O’Kane. New technologies, including new green screen and advanced animation techniques, are being used to create the film. A fine art publication will be available on the screening night.
Ignite Cork! Date tbc (2015)
In Cork, international artist Simon McKeown, along with Cork-based disability organisations Suisha Inclusive Arts at COPE Foundation and SoundOUT, will present a free outdoor live-art event early in 2015 ( date tbc ). Cork Ignite will showcase a mix of technologies; riverside buildings will be brought to life through wild projections and an accompanying music score. Simon has over 25 years of professional creative experience. For Ignite Cork! Simon is working with the National Sculpture Factory and Create. An exhibition about the presentation will be housed in the atrium of Cork City Hall.
Ignite is managed by a unique partnership involving the Arts Council, Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI), Cork City Council, Galway City and County Councils and Mayo County Council.
Further details are available from ADI http://www.adiarts.ie/