Disabled-led arts charity, University of Atypical is taking an empowerment-based approach towards supporting disabled and D/deaf people’s involvement in the arts. This August audiences can enjoy many exhibitions throughout the Gallery, including University of Atypical Graduate Award 2019 recipient Dara Condon.

Belfast based multidisciplinary artist and Ulster University graduate Dara draws inspiration from electric pools of thought, scientific theories, sacred symbols, mythology and the power of the natural world. 

For his solo exhibit, he has created a large ceramic wall piece depicting a brain. Complete with intricate patterns that represent memories, thoughts pain and love, the installation is a representation of the “flaws of the brain, the void or mental blocks”.

Dara explained: It is “also, a celebration of art and the impact it has on the mind, the healing, almost like a large tree with foliage intertwining.  Art instilling hope. A burgeoning creativity to counterbalance the destructiveness.” 

Strangely Disjointed & Idiosyncratic, the exhibit is open to the public until 19th August from 5pm to 8pm. 

Both gallery tours & audio described tours are available. To book a tour of current exhibitions email University of Atypical at administration@universityofatypical.org, including your access requirements when booking your place.

Accompanying the exhibition, Artist in Conversation with Dara Condon will give more insight into the art process and the meaning behind the installation. 

The Artist in Conversation: Dara Condon will take place on 29th August. Places are limited, so book your tickets by emailing administration@universityofatypical.org.

For current exhibitions, and more information go to www.universityofatypical.org/gallery