University of Atypical for Arts and Disability (UofA) is disabled-led and is the lead sectoral organisation for arts and disability. UofA takes an empowerment-based approach towards d/Deaf, disabled and Neurodiverse people’s involvement in the arts as artists and audience members. We develop and promote the work of d/Deaf, disabled and neurodiverse artists and enhance access for d/Deaf, disabled and neurodiverse audiences.
We do this through:
Our year round Atypical Gallery programme, the annual Bounce Arts Festival, Digital Horizon Programme and the Ledger Studio for Performing Arts. These are key aspects of our work in showcasing the best in innovative and challenging, local and international disability arts practice.
The Ledger Studio is fully accessible, offering opportunities for workshops, training, rehearsals and performance. These unique arts resources are the only programmes and spaces dedicated to and led by, d/Deaf, disabled and Neurodiverse people in the arts.
We provide financial and career development through the d/Deaf and Disabled Artists Support Fund, our Graduate Arts Award with Ulster University, and a career development advice service.
Our Equality and Access Standards Initiative is UofA's infrastructural support to arts organisations regionally supporting improvements in equality, access and inclusion for audiences, artists, staff, freelancers, Board members and volunteers. Our Culture, Outreach, Research and Education (CORE) programme provides participatory, research, and learning opportunities for d/Deaf, disabled and Neurodiverse people on local, national or international projects.
BOUNCE is the annual arts festival produced by University of Atypical. Since 2012 Bounce has presented new work by D/deaf and disabled writers, actors, dancers, musicians, directors and poets, as well as hosting participatory workshops and masterclasses across a range of art forms.
Showcasing artwork by disabled and deaf artists since 1993, Atypical Gallery, formerly known as the Arts & Disability Forum Gallery, is the only permanent exhibition space on the island of Ireland dedicated specifically to highlighting the work of disabled and D/deaf artists.