• Fiona Stewart


Delighted to share that I am one of 11 recipients of this year’s iDA award, which is managed by the University of Atypical in association with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

I will be using my funding to create a large scale piece of work, which will be on display in the Atypical Gallery, Belfast as part of my solo exhibition in December 2019.

I’m thrilled to be able use this award to bring my project to life.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Wednesday 24th April, 2019.

Eleven artists with disabilities from Northern Ireland have been announced as recipients of the University of Atypical’s Individual Disabled Artist (iDA) Award, funding grants supported by National Lottery funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

The iDA funding programme is a dedicated annual arts development programme, delivered through the University of ATypical, to enable deaf and disabled artists who are working in a range of art forms to develop their professional artistic careers.

The bursaries provide valuable opportunities for each artist to produce a new high-quality creative work, receive training or professional mentoring.  The artists have impairments ranging from physical disability, visual impairment, mental illness and learning difficulties.

Chris Ledger, Chief Executive of University of Atypical, said the iDA Awards Scheme is invaluable in supporting disabled and deaf artists to produce exciting new work. 

She added: “The grant scheme supports proposals from artists with all types of impairment or disability including unseen conditions such as diabetes, dyslexia and epilepsy. This is a developmental scheme so we welcome applications from emerging talent as well as from more established artists but decisions are made on artistic merit, talent and ambition.”

Gilly Campbell, Head of Community Arts & Education, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, added: “Congratulations to all eleven artists."

"These grants are given in recognition of the artists’ work to date and to provide them with the necessary support to take their careers to the next level.  The Arts Council is pleased to support this important programme, which encourages the creation of new, high-quality artistic work and addresses the need for disabled and Deaf artists to have on-going training and skills development within the sector.”

Through the University of Atypical’s support, deaf and disabled artists have developed unique artwork of extremely high artistic quality, some progressing to a level where they have received international recognition. The iDA scheme’s purpose is to identify, encourage and nurture individual talent amongst disabled practitioners.

©2019 Fiona Stewart