Update from Disability Equity & Opportunities in the Creative Industries
On Thursday 1st June the Innovation Factory hosted a masterclass designed to unlock opportunities within the creative industries for individuals with disabilities, with a primary focus on Northern Ireland. The event served as a platform for industry supporters, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts to engage in meaningful discussions about innovative initiatives and viable routes that empower disabled individuals to flourish in diverse fields such as TV, film, radio production, performing arts, and digital media.
In a collaborative effort, Innovation Factory alongside major contributors like BBC, CINE, One In Five, and Triplevision Productions. This masterclass not only presented personal stories of success but also provided practical information on how people with disabilities can forge a rewarding career within the screen and creative industries. Esteemed guest speakers at the event included Nicola Garde from BBC, David Corscadden of Northern Ireland Screen in association with CINE, and social media influencer and disability-rights activist, India Sasha.
The forum also hosted a panel discussion chaired by Eamonn Devlin from One in Five and Triplevision Productions. This conversation centered on the key idea of empowering disabled creatives and eliminating obstacles prevalent in the creative sector. The panel brought together diverse perspectives from industry players such as Gerard Stratton from Triplevision Productions and One in Five, Grace Fairley of Lemon Juice Studio, Dermot Devlin from My Way Access, Chris Lynch of Diverse Made Media, and One in Five’s filmmaker, Jack Cochrane.
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