Maghera visual artist recognised at awards

Chris Ledger, CEO of the University of Atypical presents Maghera-based artist Brian Kielt with a sunflower to commemorate being one of the recipients of the individual Disabled/Deaf Artists (iDA) awards.
Chris Ledger, CEO of the University of Atypical presents Maghera-based artist Brian Kielt with a sunflower to commemorate being one of the recipients of the individual Disabled/Deaf Artists (iDA) awards.

The high quality work of disabled and deaf artists and of arts venues working to improve disabled and deaf access has been celebrated and recognised at a ceremony in Belfast - with a Maghera artist among the recipients.

The University of Atypical, formerly known as the Arts and Disability Forum, hosted a celebration of artists’ talent and venue commitment at the Atypical Gallery in Royal Avenue.

Thirteen of Northern Ireland’s leading disabled artists have received individual Disabled/Deaf Artists Awards (iDA) awards totalling £17,000 to develop their work.

Among those receiving an award was Maghera-based visual artist Brian Kielt.

As well as focusing on artistic talent, the event also presented Arts and Disability Equality Charter awards to venues that have worked to improve access and facilities for disabled and deaf people in all areas of their work.

Strule Arts Centre again won the Excellence award, having worked closely with Omagh Access Group.