Arts and Disability Network ADN Cork

The arts in all its diversity and forms are for all people. When we engage in the arts as audience members, makers and creators we enter into an internal and external dialogue with ourselves, the artist and our society that adds value to our lives. We have an opportunity to reflect and to interpret the world around us, an opportunity for joy, wonder and excitement. We all should have equal access to experiencing the arts in all its forms regardless of our physical or intellectual abilities. And it is this equality of access to the arts that is the focus of the Arts and Disability Network (ADN) Cork which launched on Thursday March 22nd at 1pm in Millennium Hall, City hall.

Croi Glan

image of Croi Glan Dancers

Arts and Disability Networking (ADN) Cork is an innovative model, which aims to increase local capacity in the area of arts and disability.  It involves a creative partnership between the Arts Council of Ireland, Arts and Disability Ireland (ADI) and Cork City Council in association with the arts and disability sectors in Cork city.  It offers training and support to personnel from venues and arts organisations as well as individual artists as a means of extending the scope of arts and disability practices, and promotes the presentation of high quality professional arts and disability work in local venues. 

The Arts and Disability Networking (ADN) Cork programme of work for Cork for 2012 includes

  • The delivery of Disability Equality Training DET by Arts and Disability Ireland to Cork Venues and Festivals which took place on the 21st March 2012.
  • The Triskel/Christchurch, the Firkin Crane, Cork Opera Hosue and the Everyman Palace Theatre willundertake Access Audits focusing on the accessibility of their venue, marketing and promotional material.
  • Shows during the Cork Midsummer Festival will have audio and captioning for a deaf and visually impaired audience.  
  • Fabulous Beast presents RIAN
    Cork Opera House 23rd June at 8pm with Audio description

image of RIAN in Cork Opera House - Audio Described as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival 2012 supported by ADN Cork

  • Pat Kinevane and Fishamble: The New Play Company  presents Silent Cork Arts Theatre
    29th June at 8pm with Audio description and captioning
  • The Ark and Theatre Lovett presents The Girl who forgot to sing Badly
    Everyman Palace Theatre 30th June at 2.30pm wit captioning
  • San Francisco based artistic director Eric Kupers of Dandelion, Dance Theatre has been resident with Croi Clan integrated Dance Company mentoring the company and creating a new contemporary dance with people with an without disability. This dance piece will be showcased at the Irish Performing Arts Festival 2012.
  • An focused nightclub CULTURE CLUB for and by people with intellectual disabilities in Novemebr 2012 in partnership with UK based arts and disability group Heart n Soul and local partners.

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Arts and Disability Network Cork are running an inclusive club night CULTURE CLUB in Cork particularly aimed at adults with intellectual disabilities, their friends and families.  CULTURE CLUB will take place on Friday 16 November 2012 at City Limits Comedy Club and Nightclub in Cork from 7pm until midnight. With an 80s retro feel, as well as music from the 90s and noughties, COPE Foundation have been busy providing training to different people who will be DJing on the night.  Headliners for the band are three-piece UK band The Fish Police, seen recently performing at the Paralympics pre-show with a strong 70s punk attitude with a hip hop swagger and a dash of pop.  They will be joined by local Cork musicians including Soundout member Cillian McSweeney & band and musicians from the COPE Foundation and Mayfield Arts.  In addition to this there will be VJs, a chill-out area and an interactive taking part area. CULTURE CLUB is an Arts & Disability Network Cork project partnership with Cork City Council, COPE Foundation, Cork Midsummer Festival, Croi Glan, Irish Performing Arts Festival, Mayfield Arts Newbury House, Sound OUT.  They have been joined by individual members with intellectual disabilities to create a steering group for the event. ‘Doing an event like this is important as it gets adults with intellectual disabilities out and about mixing with other adults, giving a proper nightclub experience at City Limits.  There’ll be bands, DJs, VJs, a chill-out space and outdoors area, wheelchair friendly with something for everyone.’  Fionnula Clarke, steering group member.

CULTURE CLUB is funded by Arts Council, Arts & Disability Ireland and HSE South Arts & Health Programme with support from the River Lee Hotel.

Further information

CULTURE CLUB on Friday 16 November 2012, City Limits Comedy Club and Nightclub, Coburg Street, Cork, Doors open 7pm, ends midnight, €9 in advance and €10 on the door

City Limits is a wheelchair accessible venue.  Adults (18+) only.

To book tickets contact The Everyman. Buy your tickets at The Everyman either in person at the box office, over the phone or online.*

Box office: The Everyman  021 450 1673

The Everyman, 15 MacCurtain Street, Cork  

The theatre will accept cheque payments for group bookings – please call their box office to arrange.

*Online booking fee applies.

The Arts and Disability Networking model was initially developed and piloted by the Arts Council, Arts & Disability Ireland and Mayo County Council (2008 – 2010), before being rolled out in partnership with the local authorities in Galway City and County (2011).  Following ADN Cork (2012), it is hoped to extend the model to other local authority areas throughout the country, assisting in: making the arts more inclusive and accessible; reaching new artists and audiences; and enabling the production of more artistically ambitious and innovative work.  The learning from the ADN pilot was captured in the resource pack, Shift in Perspective  The pack includes useful information and advice on accessible exhibitions, assisted performances and positive ways to shift perspectives on people, spaces and communication.