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In September 1994 I joined the Richard Attenborough Centre for Disability and the Arts at the University of Leicester.

Initially, it was anticipated that my role as Artist in Residence would primarily be to, support and encourage students with a visual impairment to pursue art and design through to Further and Higher Education. I myself have a visual impairment and combined with my achievements as an artist, the University felt I would be an ideal role model.

Pádraig Naughton with Lord Richard Attenborough My work at the Richard Attenborough Centre was my first experience of teaching and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. I found my projects with young people most rewarding. In particular my work with Year 8 and 9 visually impaired students and their Learning Support Teachers at Babington Community School in Leicester and Foundation Studies Students at Loughborough College of Art and Design.

In June 1995 I mounted a major ceramic installation at the University of Leicester called 'My Hands on You'.

During my residency I also contributed to the teaching of adults with physical and sensory disabilities. In addition, I was invited to speak at conferences and seminars, contribute to publications and lead workshops on my work in tactile art. In my second year I took on the additional teaching of an integrated adult education sculpture class 'Touch as a Way of Making Sculpture' and did research for a publication profiling the work of seven professional artists with a visual impairment in the United Kingdom and Ireland. This publication 'Artists at Work' and was published in February 98 and accompanied by an exhibition of the artists work at the new Richard Attenborough Centre.

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