Open Arts engages with disabled people in delivering high quality activities and events across a range of art forms. We do this by promoting artistic excellence and encouraging the participation of people with and without disabilities.
Our Mission – To inspire and support the creativity and artistic development of disabled people.
Our Vision – A society that actively values and promotes the creativity and artistic contribution of disabled people.
Our Values – Open Arts is committed to the following 5 values, which underpin every aspect of our work. Inclusion; Respect; Excellence; Integrity and Empowerment.
“Just because you are disabled it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t enjoy the arts, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t participate in your particular art form and that’s what Open Arts is all about, opening up the arts to everyone.”
In addition to our year round programmes, we produce other stand alone projects to engage more disabled people in the arts, including older people, children and young people.
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“Open Arts is an organisation which has a very special place in my heart! The ethos that runs through our classes and projects promotes inclusion, empowerment and creativity alongside professionalism, friendship and acceptance. Everyone has room to grow as an individual and be part of the incredibly supportive Open Arts family.”
Jemma has been with Open Arts since March 2015. Prior to this she worked as an accounts clerk for 9 years with a family owned company before moving to the arts sector in 2013. She studied music at South Eastern Regional College, Bangor and at Queens University, Belfast, where she completed a BSc in Music Technology specialising in electronic music composition for film. In 2014 she collaborated with Irish writer Caroline Healey in her mixed media exhibition “Fully Booked.” The exhibition was showcased at the 2014 Belfast Book festival and was the first public showcase of her work. She is also a member in the Open Arts Community Choir.
Cinzia, originally from Italy, came to Belfast in 2014 as an EVS volunteer with the Crescent Arts Centre, which is when she discovered Open Arts and in particular, Luminous Soul dance company. Highlights of her dance career with Luminous Soul include performing at Echo Echo Festival, portraying Hermia in Open Arts production of Midsummer Night’s Dream and participating in MeetShareDance Festivals. In 2021, Cinzia received a grant award through University of Atypical to develop her own dance work exploring disability and language.
Cinzia holds a BA in Film Studies from Università degli Studi di Udine and in 2019 graduated with a masters degree in Translation from Queen’s University, Belfast.
She has been working as a library assistant with Queen’s University for 5 years.
She joined Open Arts in 2022 as Communication and Development Assistant and is looking forward to working on her passion of equity for disabled people in the arts.
Artists, Arts Access Assistants and Volunteers
Vice-Chairperson, Andrea Hope
Open Arts ensures the governance of the organisation complies with the requirements of the law and best practice. We are registered with the Charity Commission of Northern Ireland and The Fundraising Regulator.You can download a selection of our policies below. If you would like information about any of our other policies please contact Eileen, firstname.lastname@example.org.