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Dec 31 2013

Town Hall Theatre have secured a major new arts commission

Pictured are Jez Colborne, Triona Larkin, Nigel Farag, Caroline Lenard and Clement Moylan from That's Life, whose musical experience Trickster is one of three works commissioned by Ignite, representing the largest ever investment in Ireland's arts and disability sector. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland Copyright of Photocall Ireland Picture Agency Limited

Galway's Town Hall Theatre have secured a major new arts commission that represents the largest ever investment in the arts and disability sector in the country.

TRICKSTER is a new show that is being developed by the Brothers of Charity That's Life project in conjunction with Jez Colbourne, a UK based artist and composer whose work was commissioned for the London Olympics. Inspired by the stories of Odysseus, Trickster is a musical show that will feature artists, musicians and performers with disabilities from That's Life.

''I am buzzing with excitement to be involved with Ignite'' said Jez following the announcement. ''Everything about Galway inspires me - the port, the cranes, and the weather. All these things are going to fuel my passion to jam and mix a really unique piece with the fantastic artists of That's Life and the Town Hall Theatre.

Three commissions, representing the largest ever investment in Irelands arts and disability sector were announced in December. These commissions, funded by the groundbreaking Ignite initiative, will generate Irelands most ambitious showcasing of talent from people with disabilities, led by international and Irish artists and performers with disabilities.

In Cork, a project led by renowned international artist Simon Mckeown will present a major live art event during Corks Culture Night 2014.

In Mayo, Irish visual artist Aideen Barry will join with artists from the Western Care Ridgepool Training Centre and members of the Scannn Technologies group, in a project facilitated by Ballina Arts Centre.

In Galway, Jez Colborne will be working with the Brothers of Charity That's Life project and the Town Hall Theatre to create an awe-inspiring musical experience inspired by the stories of Odysseus, a man on a journey. Sparked by Jezs fascination with making music using sirens, foghorns, cranes and all things industrial, Trickster will immerse Galway audiences in a wave of sounds. This unique work will feature artists, musicians and performers with disabilities from Thats Life, an arts and disability initiative of the Brothers of Charity. Jez, a skilled international artist and composer, exploded onto the international music scene in 2012 with Irresistible, commissioned by Unlimited for London 2012 and performed at Londons National Theatre.

Ignite is a new platform designed to facilitate the creation of ambitious new work by professional artists with disabilities. These commissions each represent an investment of up to 60,000. The three commissions will be presented at local level in 2014 and the initiative will conclude with a tour of one of the resulting works to all three counties (and beyond) in Spring 2015.

Pdraig Naughton, Executive Director, Arts & Disability Ireland, says, Ignite represents the single largest investment in the arts and disability sector ever. It is an opportunity to dream big and make real, new and innovative work by artists with disabilities, on a scale previously never before seen in Ireland.

The announcement coincided with the UNs International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3rd December, which this year aims to Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society for all.

Ignite is managed by a unique partnership involving the Arts Council, Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI), Cork City Council, Galway City and County Councils, and Mayo County Council.