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UPSTART - International Day of Persons with Disabilities

In 1992, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed 3rd December as International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which brings together individuals, businesses, community organisations and governments from every corner of the world to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions, skills and achievements of people with disabilities.

Since 2010 Mayo Arts Office has invitied proposals for projects/events whic coincide with this annual event from:

  • Venues which participated in Mayo County Council’s Disability Arts Programme
  • Artists who participated in Disability Equality Training
  • Individual disabled professional artists seeking assistance with access costs in order to realise a project.
  • Groups of disabled people interested in working with a particular professional artist and/or venue to develop a project.

Proposals are assessed with the assistance of external expertise, (both in terms of disability and the arts) and funding awarded accordingly.

Funding is intended to support any of the following:

  • An event to celebrate arts and disability
  • A workshop (or series of workshops with a local group of people with disabilities.
  • A performance for an invited audience of a work in progress/ event (film, theatre, dance, music, choral or other event) by a group of people with disabilities, which has come about through collaboration with a professional artist/ artists experienced in the area of disability.
  • A main stream performance that will be made accessible for a disabled audience.
  • An exhibition by a disabled artist/ group of artists.

Visit our website for further information on past and upcoming projects:  ‌

For full details about this fund and of how to apply please contact:

Damien O’Connor

Disability Arts Coordinator


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