Bridging the Gap – Access and Inclusion to the Arts

When:  Tuesday 7th November, 11am – 2pm

Where: Royal Hibernian Academy, Tony Ryan Gallery  15 Ely Pl, Dublin 2, D02 A21

What is the event?

The Creative Europe Desk Ireland (Media and Culture Offices) are excited to announce our upcoming flagship Equality, Diversity and Inclusion event ​ ​Bridging the Gap – Access and Inclusion to the Arts hosted at the Royal Hibernian Academy Dublin on November 7th 2023.

Our keynote speaker is ​Andrew Ogun, Agent for Change with the Arts Council of Wales. Andrew Ogun is a musician, writer, designer and activist from Wales.

Access to networking and to funding opportunities for artists and cultural practitioners is not the same for everyone. A substantial number of people continue to experience barriers to engaging with and participating in the arts.

​​Bridging the Gap ​​is a networking event for cultural professionals working in the Film, Media and Arts sectors. This will be an opportunity to celebrate projects, engage with each other, share knowledge and build awareness around the work that is being made in ​these sectors.  ​Our aim is to provide an open and inclusive space for effective networking opportunities for cultural professionals. This event will also ​share the way funding bodies at National and European level are focusing their policies on accessibility, inclusion, gender balance and openness.


What can I expect at the event?

  • The event will be 3 hours from 11am – 2pm
  • There will be 3 speakers
  • There will be a panel with 4 artists presenting their work, followed by a Q&A discussion
  • There will be participant round table discussions
  • There will be a casual meet-and-greet section
  • Lunch will be provided

The Panel Session will be facilitated by Jess Majekodunmi. The confirmed panelists for the event are:

  • Emilie Conway, Artist and disability activist
  • Ashley Makombe, The Galpal Collective
  • Karen Aguair, Dancer and Producer, Go Dance for Change platform
  • Dr Zelie Asava, Academic, Speaker and Author

Bridging the Gap is an invaluable opportunity to meet with and engage with potential collaborators, develop partnerships and meet with funders and organisations in the Film, Media and Arts sectors.

This event is supported by Coimisiún na Meán and co-funded by the European Union.

Event Accessibility:

This event is advocating for inclusivity and accessibility for all in our sectors. We want to ensure the inclusion of our disabled and high-risk peers by making this a masked event to ensure the safety for everyone in the space.

  • High quality FFP2 masks will be provided on entry.
  • The event space is a large gallery space with some​ ​ ventilation.
  • The event space will be a relaxed environment so feel free to move around, stim and come and go as you please.
  • A designated quiet seating area will be provided for anyone who may need a sensory break from the space.

About the venue:

  • The building entrance is ground level with ​​no lips on the door.
  • The event space is accessed by ​Click here to enter text.​3 steps and a ramp.
  • There are separate women and men’s toilets that have multiple cubicles in each.
  • There is a single larger toilet which is ​​more accessible and gender neutral.
  • There are multiple bus stops one street over serving many routes such as 145, 46a, 40, 11 and 155.

There is 1 disability parking space directly outside the building entrance. There is also plenty of parking in the neighbourhood.

We can offer a limited amount for travel stipends for anyone who may need one. We can provide images and measurements of the building, event space and/or toilets. For enquiries, please email or

We will share more in-depth accessibility details in a follow up email. If you have any concerns or questions about the event or venue, or if you require any reasonable accommodations for this event please email or

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About Keynote Speaker Andrew Ogun: 

Andrew Ogun recently said of his role as Agent for Change with the Arts Council of Wales:

“Changemaking is not an easy feat and we’re not always going to get it right but it is necessary, crucial work and somebody has to do it, at whatever cost. I believe in the arts as a vehicle for transformation, inspiration and self-expression, I believe in the arts as a vehicle for social change and social justice…”

Andrew Ogun contributed hugely to Black Lives Matter and established the movement in Gwent, Wales. He organised the Black Lives Matter march in Newport, which had over 2000 attendees, and played a crucial role in the creation and implementation of the Welsh Government Race Equality Action Plan which took inspiration from the Black Lives Matter manifestos published in 2020. Andrew has also worked with several other agencies and organisations to centre racial and social justice within Wales.

Link to learn more about Andrew Ogun:

About the Creative Europe Desk Ireland:

This event is hosted by the Creative Europe Desk Ireland

We are a close-knit team who work to make the Creative Europe Programme more accessible to the Irish creative and cultural sectors. Through our Culture and MEDIA Offices we give advice, support and information on Creative Europe funding calls to the Irish audiovisual and cultural sectors.

Link to read more about the Creative Europe Desk Ireland:

About Creative Europe:

Creative Europe is the EU funding programme for the cultural and creative sectors in Europe.

The Creative Europe programme 2021-2027 has a budget of € 2.44 billion and invests in actions that reinforce cultural diversity and respond to the needs and challenges of the cultural and creative sectors.

Link to learn more about Creative Europe:

Creative Europe Desk collaborated with Hannah Gordis Head of EDI, the Arts Council of Ireland and Tara Carroll as Accessibility Consultant on Bridging the Gap.