Workshop Exploring melody, music and Rhythm – Project Sparks

Come along and explore melody, movement and rhythm with Project Sparks’ exceptionally talented disabled/neurodivergent mentors. Every voice and ability will shine in this inclusive music workshop, as participants explore their creativity through drumming, singing, xylophones and other inclusive instruments. Everyone will leave wanting more music in their lives!

Since 2017, Project Sparks’ Leaders (who have lived-experience of autism, learning-disability, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy and spina bifida) have mentored children and young people from Catholic, Protestant, rural and minority-ethnic communities from across County Derry, which is an unprecedented achievement in our community.

Supported by the Public Health Agency in partnership with Derry City & Strabane District Council.

Booking Required

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Video Real Artist: Group exhibition

The University of Atypical for Arts and Disability and our partners Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, offer the ‘Video Real’ online exhibition by. Members of Fermanagh & Omagh District Council’s Access Advisory Groups who have captured and compiled a selection of short videos highlighting the barriers they face on a daily basis. The films provide a snapshot of what it’s like to use services for people who are d/Deaf or use mobility scooters, as well as a collection of poems inspired by their disability.

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Get it out of you! – Paul Moore

Get it out of you! is a new live work by Paul Moore who is particularly intrigued by the body and landscape, nature and machine in relation to our internal and external experiences.

His recent work has been informed by Virtual Reality technology, questioning a space that doesn’t exist but is still restricted by real world physical barriers. This continuing struggle with the present and the search for both extreme reality and out of body experience marks a change in Moore’s practice towards a more contemplative question about how we as a society are equipped to deal with adversity. 

Paul Moore is an interdisciplinary artist currently based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has exhibited exhibitions both locally, nationally, and internationally, including:  FIonnghlas, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (2021), Consideration Of All Bodies, Lab Gallery, Dublin (2021) and Revolution, Galveston Arts Centre, Texas U.S.A. (2014).


My Place & Space – Group exhibition

The University of Atypical for Arts and Disability is delighted to work with our festival partners Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Derry City & Strabane District Council, bringing new voices to Bounce 2022. 

This new open submission exhibition has been supported by the Public Health Agency and is an exhibition of photographs by d/Deaf, disabled and neurodiverse people responding to the theme of ‘My Place & Space’. Artists are invited to share photographs of a place or item that makes you feel happy or included within society.

Get Involved – Submissions are open to all ages from the pan-disability community within DCSDC & FODC areas. 

Submit your photographs by email to –

Your email should include My Place & Space – Submission in the subject line. 

Deadline for submissions – Monday 26 September 2022, 5 pm

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Digital innovation – meet the artists- Grace Fairley, Porcelain Delaney

Introducing the first taster sessions from two outstanding neurodiverse artists.  Grace Fairley, animation artist from Northern Ireland introduces her workshop on creating animated promotional gifs and Porcelain Delaney, theatre and performance artist from Liverpool shares her learning on overcoming communication barriers through a whizz of social media tools and ideas.

Grace Fairley is an illustrator and animator based in Belfast, she has a passion for everything weird, wonderful, and colourful. She is one half of Lemon Juice, part of Pollen Studios, and co-founder of ARTSFEST Belfast.

Porcelain Delaney is a multi-disciplinary artist who has worked in a range of formats including: theatre, literature, cabaret, film.. Porcelain is currently a DaDa Fest Fellow, RSC Freelance consultant, DANC ambassador and Graeae Ensemble Artist.
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Digital Horizon is a three-year programme inviting artists to pursue ambitions in digital technology. Apply to lead a Digital Horizon Masterclass – next closing date 23 November 2022.

A limited number of places are available, so booking is required. Please let us know your access requirements when booking. 



Join us for the final live event of Bounce Arts Festival 2022 with a fun filled night of Belfast’s finest Reggae & Ska! Come out to play, get your toe’s tappin, throw some shapes and bring your dancing shoe/s! We can’t wait to see friends new and old for a great night’s music celebrating the closing night of our festival.  

The Vibes are a soulful reggae band from Belfast made up of members from Pocket Billiards, NI Soul Troop, Boss Sound Manifesto and Doghouse. After a busy summer playing at festivals, this is their first Belfast gig and not to be missed! The Vibes have shared the stage with many major artists over the years including The Slackers, The Toasters, The Specials and the one and only Lee Scratch Perry. 

Booking Required.

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