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January 14, 2016

Creative Connections: Arts and Disability Conversation and Showcase

Presented by Arts & Disability Ireland and funded by the Arts Council.

Fish Police performing at Club Tropicana

A gathering of the most innovative and thought-provoking artists, thinkers and advocates in arts and disability.

Creative Connections will offer an unprecedented opportunity to explore issues and share ideas around arts and disability.

Leading thinkers in the arts sector from across Ireland and the globe will explore arts practice, professional development, support, programming, access to the arts, leadership, advocacy and policy.

View the programme as a PDF or as a Word document.

International Artists and Speakers

  • Jess Thom: Writer, artist, part time superhero and co-founder of Touretteshero
  • Betty Siegel: Director of VSA and Accessibility at John F Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Washington D.C.
  • Emma Bennison: CEO of Arts Access Australia, musician and advocate for the rights of people with disabilities

Conference will also include:

Aideen Barry (Ignite Mayo), Ana Rita Barata (Vo’Arte), Jez Colborne (Ignite Galway), Hannah Goodwin (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), Bairbre-Ann Harkin (Butler Gallery), Heather Maitland, Emily Mark-FitzGerald (UCD), Simon McKeown (Ignite), Jonathan Meth (Crossing the Line), Kris Nelson (Dublin Fringe Festival), Mary Nugent (Croi Glan), Jo Verrent (Unlimited) and, Willie White (Dublin Theatre Festival) and many more… 

Creative Connections will also feature a showcase and after party, with performances from critically acclaimed Irish and international artists. Topped off by a night at the hugely successful Club Tropicana, produced by That’s Life from Galway.

Creative Connections Conference

Where:Town Hall Theatre, Galway
When:  Wednesday 27th January 2016: 1.30pm - 6pm
(Registration and lunch from 12pm)
Thursday 28th January 2016: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Showcase and After Party

Where:Black Box, Galway
When:Wednesday 27th January 2016: 6.30pm until late
This evening programme includes a drinks reception and dinner


How much: Tickets are €40 and this includes access to the conference, lunch on both days, dinner on Wednesday night and the showcase and after party.

Tickets can be booked:
By phone: 091 569777
By email:
Booking opens on 1st December.

There will be a number of bursary tickets available.
Contact, for guidelines and application details.

Accommodation and Transport

For detailed information on accommodation and transport, click here.

Jurys Inn, Quay Street, Galway have a rate of €79 B&B per person. Jury's now have limited availability and we would encourage you to book as soon as possible using the following code: JIARTS260116.

The House Hotel, Spanish Parade, Galway have a rate of €89 B&B per person. Please use the following code: Creative Connections.


Speech to text, Irish Sign Language interpretation and an induction loop will be available throughout the conference at Town Hall Theatre. Audio description will be available on request. The showcases at the after party will be audio described and captioned at Black Box. There are a limited number of wheelchair accessible spaces left at the Town Hall Theatre and Black Box please let box office know if you  require one of these spaces.

Please contact ADI in advance with any additional access requirements you may have and we will endeavour to meet them. 

Contact us with your conference questions:

Arts & Disability Ireland
+353 1 8509002 /
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