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Bealtaine 2017 programme

This is the twenty-second year of Bealtaine, Ireland's national celebration of creativity as we age – co-ordinatednationally by Age and Opportunity (an agency set up to challenge negative attitudes to ageing and to promote greater participation by older people in society). Bealtaine aims to involve older people in the arts, through expression and active participation. It also encourages older people to engage as an experienced audience for all art forms.

During May 2017 Mayo County Council Arts Office have organised a programme of events for Mayo citizens, including exhibitions, music, theatre, Masterclasses and participatory workshops.  The main features of this year’s programme are:

Mayo Arts office in partnership with local Art Venues:

Tunes in the Afternoon:

Mayo Arts office in partnership with Linenhall Arts Centre Castlebar  present,  Tunes in the Afternoon,  at the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar.   Tuesday 9th May @ 2.30pm

Old Flames: with Brian Leyden & Seamie O’Dowd:

Mayo Arts office in partnership with Ballina Arts Centre present, Old Flames: with Brian Leyden & Seamie O’Dowd. Wednesday 10th May, 7pm as part of Bealtaine 2017. 

Small Halls and Potholes by Little John Nee:

Mayo Arts office in partnership with Áras Inis Gluaire present Small Halls and Potholes with renowned actor Little John Nee.  2.30pm, Wednesday May 17th at Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet.

Art Exhibition Charlestown Arts Centre:

Mayo Arts office in partnership with Charlestown Arts centre will run a 6 week Visual Art project working with residents from St Attracta’s Nursing home, Charlestown, Mayo, in the Charlestown Arts Centre culminating in an exhibition at the end of May.

Exhibition Launch - Tuesday 29th May 5 - 7pm. Exhibition open Tuesdays 11 - 6pm,

Archiving Activism – A project by Breda Burns:

Venue: The Model, Sligo.

Times: Exhibition launch 6pm 5th May.  Exhibition runs 5-14 May, 11am-4pm.

Venue: Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet, Co. Mayo. 

Times: Exhibition launch, 6pm 24 May. Exhibition runs 24 May – 25 June.

OnSight 2017:

Ongoing throughout May

National Museum of Ireland, Turlough Park, Castlebar, to see the Mayo Artsquad OnSight project. The artists will craft an outdoor classroom from live willow and create a willow sculpture trail in the gardens.

A mixed medium workshop in Mayo Artsquad

Mayo Arts Office in partnership with Mayo Artsquad will provide a two hour workshop to Foxford Active Retirement Association with artist Aisling Flynn (BA Fine Art paint and print). 

Date & times tbc .  A Monday in May.

The Creative Doors, AR+ Room at the Sacred Heart CNU, Castlebar:

As part of visual artist Tom Meskell’s ongoing residency at the Sacred Heart Hospital, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, he has been exploring ideas regarding the patient’s creative visual environment. The Creative Doors project has come out of this process: an idea to reproduce the hall doors of residents’ original homes and place them on the doors of their private and collective rooms in the hospital. During May 2017, Tom will begin researching with the patients, their families, photographing their doors, developing artwork, writing, drawings and paintings.

Printmaking workshop with Marianne Heemskerk:

Mayo Arts office are delighted to be able to provide two printmaking workshops with artist Marianne Heemskerk to Suifinnway Artists, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. 

Dates May, 15th & 22nd from 7-9pm

James Cavanagh Masterclass with Castlebar Concert Band:

Mayo Arts office are delighted to be able to provide a day long Masterclass with renowned conductor James Cavanagh to Castlebar Concert Band.

Date: 23rd of April 11-1 and 2-4.30pm.  St. Patrick’s NS, Castlebar.

Musician and Circus Artist in Mayo Care Nursing Units:

Musician Tony Reidy and Circus Artist Ciaran Sinclair teaming up to give a performance in three nursing units throughout Mayo in May.  

CNU’s: Mc Bride, Westport, St. Brendan’s, Mulranny and D’Alton,  Claremorris.

McBride CNU, Westport - Tuesday 9th May 11am

St. Brendan’s Village, Mulranny - Wednesday 10th May 11am

D’Alton CNU, Claremorris- Friday 12th May at 2. 30pm


Please contact us at 094-9024444 Ext 7558 | 7471 or if you would like more information.  Please check out our brochure here  Bealtaine Brochure 2017



Posted: 27/04/2017
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