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New tech classes to improve career prospects of disabled artists

Musician Peter Fleming, broadcaster Paula Clarke, musician Kris Marsden and artist Joel Simon launch a new series of digital skills masterclasses
Suzanne McGonagle

Digital technology masterclasses for disabled artists to help "level the playing field" and increase opportunities in Northern Ireland’s creative arts sector have been unveiled.

The Digital Horizon project offers five classes for d/Deaf, disabled and neurodiverse artists to help them in the use of technology to further their careers.

Topics covered include creating digital artwork, producing electronic promotional press kits, the use of motion sensors in live performance, professional sound recording and an introduction to British Sign Language (BSL) presentation. 

The classes, which are free, will take place in Belfast from May 12 to June 23.

Edel Murphy from University of Atypical for Arts and Disability (UofA), who is leading the programme, said: "These masterclasses will support the disability arts sector to pursue new ambitions with the use of digital technology.

“We welcome artists and creative people to sign up for one of these fantastic masterclasses or indeed apply to be part of the next series of masterclasses to be programmed in 2023.” 

Patricia Lavery from the Arts Council of NI, which has provided funding to the project, said they are "committed to supporting meaningful opportunities for d/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse artists to develop their professional, artistic careers".

"We are delighted to support the University of Atypical and their impressive Digital Horizon programme which helps to strengthen the Disability Arts sector in the region and enable our disabled artists to learn new skills from experts in the use of emerging digital technologies when creating artwork," she said.

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