Production of a three part series documenting the Ignite initiative is well on its way with filming taking place across Dublin, Galway and Ballina!
The Ignite commission which itself is funded by the Arts Council, Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI), Cork City Council, Galway City and County Councils, and Mayo County Council represents the most significant investment in Ireland’s arts and disability sector. It brings together three internationally recognised artists with disabilities to work with disability organisations and other artists with and without disabilities. Ignite “… is an opportunity to dream big”, says Pádraig Naughton, the Director of Arts and Disability Ireland and we wholehearted agree!
October of last year saw musician and composer, Jez Colborne work with Bradford based learning disability theatre company Mind the Gap, Galway-based project “That’s Life” and the Town Hall Theatre to create a musical, promenade piece entitled Trickster, heavily influenced by the tales of Odysseus.
Late November saw Irish visual artist Aideen Barry, The Ridgepool Training Centre, Scannán Technologies Group and the Ballina Arts Centre present ‘Silent Moves’: a stop motion animation film inspired by the silent movies of the 1930s, combining advanced animation techniques, mime, music and movement that explores the rights of people with disabilities.
The project was also bolstered by the participation of dance artist and choreographer Emma O’Kane. With the presence of two Oscar Statue cut outs coupled with the glitz and glam of the outfits on the night, the unveiling certainly received the Hollywood treatment!
With two of the three commissions complete, there is growing anticipation ahead of the third and final instalment of the commission, which will take place this September on Culture Night in Cork! Award winning artist Simon McKeown will be working with the National Sculpture Factory, Create, the COPE Foundation and SoundOUT, to present a visual extravaganza employing projection mapping, audio and theatre that will be sure to wow those in attendance.
The documentary series takes a behind the scenes look at the artists and groups involved as they prepare to produce and present their work to the general public and investigates how the commission works to positively blur the lines between artists and audiences with and without disabilities. The series will be shown across three consecutive nights, beginning on Thursday the 3rd December (2015) coinciding with International Day of Persons with Disabilities.