April 24, 2019

iDA and Arts Council Career awards for eleven artists
from Northern Ireland 

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. 


October 10, 2018

The Housing Executive financially supported the talents of artist Fiona Stewart 

Phyllis McWilliams, Principal of Howard Primary School in Moygashel, explained: “This mural is a celebration of the village’s linen mill industry interpreted by the creative imagination of our pupils. They really enjoyed coming together to make something that the entire community can be proud of. We are very proud of our Year 5 pupils who had the opportunity to be involved in the design and making of the mural. It really is a reflection of the hard work of every child.”

Michael Dallat, the Housing Executive’s Mid Ulster Area Manager said: “I am delighted that children from Howard Primary School have been able to make use of funding from our Community Cohesion programme to help regenerate the village and instill a real sense of civic pride.

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August 1, 2019

Francis, Reflections And Roses – A Life Magnified
1 – 23 August 2019

University of Atypical is delighted to present the first solo exhibition by 2019 iDA Award winner, Fiona Stewart.

Drawing on Freudian ideas of the uncanny, Fiona’s work occupies territory that is both familiar and ‘other’. Specifically focusing on the subconscious, her work draws on genetic memory and inherited trauma – bringing the cognitive into the physical – and vice versa. Not necessarily negative, the artist plays with the poignancy of energy transfers; from one being or material or interpretation into another.

Alongside this interest in transference, Fiona Stewart has worked as a graphic designer for many years, resulting in a process-oriented, layered approach to what she refers to as paintings. Vibrant colour compositions, glass layers and rugged textures invite the viewer to begin a subtle sense of discovery across each surface, discerning the differences in hue, contrasts and finishes.