Contact Us

Where We Are

University of Atypical
Ground Floor, Cathedral Quarter Workspaces,
109-113 Royal Avenue,
Belfast BT1 1FF

Opening Hours: 11am – 4pm Tuesday – Friday

Tel: 028 9023 9450



Chris Ledger

Chief Executive Officer

Hugh O’Donnell

Outreach Facilitator

Deirdre McKenna

Administration Officer

Caroline Shiels

Finance and Charter Administrator

Our people

Board and Staff List

Chris Ledger Chief Executive Officer Originally trained in Fine Art, Chris worked as a visual arts curator then moved into arts documentary film and video and arts project management.  Having relocated to Northern Ireland in 2001, Chris has been CEO of the Arts & Disability Forum since 2009 and prior to this she was Development Officer for Arts & Disability and Arts & Health at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Hugh O’Donnell
Outreach Facilitator Hugh is a visual artist who works as the creative outreach officer and audio describer for the the University of Atypical gallery. Hugh project manages and facilitates workshops for the Art & Biscuits programme.

Caroline Shiels Finance and Charter Administrator Caroline has worked in the Disability and Collaborative Arts for over 18 years. She has extensive experience in programme management, including a range of access themed and practical resource initiatives which have helped improve accessibility across the arts sector in Northern Ireland. As part of the Disability Arts Equality Charter restructure, her role involves overseeing outreach to and engagement of arts venues & organisations keen to reach new audiences.  She’s always keen to hear from all stakeholders, particularly deaf and disabled people with a vested interest in access and equality. To find out  about gaining Award recognition for your venue get in touch!

Deirdre McKenna Administrator


Damien Coyle – Chair
Linda Fearon – Vice Chair
Ronnie Patten – Treasurer
Sean Fitzsimons
Diane Marks
Ciara Smyth
Julie McGowan


Wheelchair users: the gallery space is fully accessible for wheelchair users and there is a wheelchair accessible toilet in our venue. Blue badge spaces are available near to the gallery, please contact us for exact locations.
Public parking: metred parking is widely available outside and near to the venue. There are also several car parks nearby. Should you need assistance in planning your gallery visit please do contact us.
Public Transport: Atypical Gallery is accessible by public transport with a Metro bus stop just outside. See the journey planner on
Braille: braille versions of all our written material is available, please request in advance. Large print versions of all written material is available, just ask a member of staff.
Audio description and Touch Tours: we offer audio descriptive tours and touch tours of our exhibitions, please book at least one week in advance by contacting
Tours: the gallery is happy to accommodate groups and offers guided gallery tours free of charge. Please contact the gallery at least one week in advance if you wish to make a booking. During gallery opening hours staff are here to answer your questions.
T-Loop: an audio T-Loop is available in the gallery.
Family Friendly Venue: we welcome visitors of all ages, however some exhibitions may require parental discretion.

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