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UPSTART: A PROGRAMME OF EVENTS CELEBRATING - International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2016

Mayo County Council’s Arts Service is nationally recognised for its Arts & Disability work and has been leading, supporting and developing relevant programmes throughout Mayo and beyond. In 2010 the Arts Service initiated the UPSTARTscheme, centred around International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3rd. This scheme provides support for arts projects/events in Mayo which provide access to quality arts experiences for people with disabilities in their own locality. The UPSTART scheme has lead to extraordinary outcomes including:  35 partnership projects, enagaging 88 artists/facilitators, working with 480 participants with disabilities, over 311 workshops, 41 exhibitions/performances attended by over 1,700 people.

This year, six projects received funding through the UPSTART scheme. Each project is currently being developed and will come to fruition on or around December 3rd 2016.



Luisne Art Group & TACÚ Family Resource Centre (Ballinrobe), Scannán Technologies& Ballina Arts Centre (Ballina) 

Once again, the Luisne Art Group has come together with the Scannán Tecnologies group, Ballina to experience each others work and share skills. They are making an animated i-stop motion film facilitated by artist/facilitators Breda Murphy and Silke Kauther. Their workshops will culminate in a visual art exhibition and a short film using shadow play at Ballina Arts Centre on Thursday 1st December at 12.00 p.m.

For further information contact Breda Mayock


Ridgepool Training Centre, Ballina Arts Centre & percussionist Anthony McNamee  

At the Ridgepool Training Centre, Ballina, percussionist Anthony McNamee is facilitating a series of workshops with participants in the creation of a new percussion piece entitled Sound Warriors.

This will culminate in a performance at Ballina Arts Centre on Thursday 1st December at 12.00 p.m.

For further information contact Sean Walsh on 096 73593 /



The Rural Training CentrePatricia Youell & Maura Gilligan.

At the Rural Training Centre, Castlebar, visual artist Pat Youell and writer Maura Gilligan are facilitating  a collaborative text and textile  project which explores the process of hand- dyeing silk with native plants and written responses inspired by the work. The resulting exhibition will celebrate nature and the natural cycle of the year and will be launched on Friday 2nd December at 11.30 p.m. at the Rural Training Centre, by Lorna Elms (Education & Outreach Officer, National Museum of Ireland – Country Life).  For further information contact the Rural Training Centre, Castlebar:

Mayo Artist Katie Moore is in the process of creating an exhibition of art work inspired by her experience as an artist with a long term illness. Katie has spent a lot of time in hospital and uses her experiences, feelings and memories as subject areas for her work, which will be launched at Mayo University Hospital on Friday 2nd December at 2.00 p.m. For further information contact Mayo Arts Office on 094 904 7551 /



Carrowbeg enterprises, Custom House Studios & poet Mary C Reilly

Carrowbeg Enterprises, Westport are currently participating on a series of workshops facilitated by artists John Mc Hugh, Grainne O Reillywith guest poet Mary C Reilly at the Custom House Studios, Westport. The participants will then work with artists Francis van Maele and Antic Ham from Redfox Press to create an edition of art books using their own words and language as elements within a poetic verse. Participants will be invited to display their work during the annual end of year winter exhibition at the Custom House Studios on Sunday 11th December at 3.00 p.m. For further information contact John McHugh on 098 28735 /

JANUARY 2017 – Date TBC

The Hawthorn Social Housing Group, (Swinford), Mayo Artsquad and Lismirrane Arts Centre (Bohola)

For the first time, eight members of the Hawthorn Social Housing Group based at the newly-opened Social Model Houses at Áras Attracta, Swinford are taking part in a series of introductory  visual arts workshops facilitated by Mayo Artsquad at Lismirrane Arts Centre, Bohola. The project will culminate in the creation of a piece of visual art which will be exhibited early in the new year. 

For further information on Mayo County Council’s Arts & Disability Programme or UPSTART please contact:  Damien O’Connor, Disability Arts Co-ordinator at Mayo Arts Office on 094 904 7551 or    

Posted: 29/11/2016
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