Contact Us

Where We Are

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

Open 11 am, Closes 4PM

Tel: 028 9023 9450



Chris Ledger

Chief Executive Officer

Paula Larkin

Arts Development Officer

Mary Stevens

Business Development Officer

Hugh O’Donnell

Outreach Facilitator

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.

Paula Larkin
Arts Development Officer

Paula has worked in the Disability and Collaborative Arts sectors for over 9 years, curating projects and supporting and managing artists to develop and enhance their professional and creative practices. Paula programmes the Atypical Gallery, co-programmes the Bounce Festival, oversees the outreach and engagement programme, and coordinates all external artistic event activity. Paula loves new ideas and imaginations run wild, so let her know if you want to get involved in an artistic happening at Atypical.

Mary Stevens
Business Development Officer

Mary’s background is in Contemporary Arts critical writing and curating, graduating from University of Edinburgh with a Masters in 2013. She has worked across the visual arts sector in both Belfast and Edinburgh. Mary is always looking for new ways to sustain and support the University of Atypical though sponsorship, trusts and foundations. She heads up the PR/ marketing of the organisation and co-ordinates the University of Atypical membership programme so if you want to chat about what we do, get in touch!

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
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
Temporary Administrator


Damien Coyle – Chair
Ronnie Patton
Roisin O’Hagan
Julie McGowan
Linda Fearon
Dermot O’Lynn
Sinéad Breathnach-Cashell


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.