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Amharcealaín - Visual Art

Ballina Arts Centre

Ballina Civic Offices, Arran Place, Ballina, Co. Mayo. T: 096 73593 E: W:


‘Treading the boards, always looking for his father in the dust’ Seamus McCormack

 Official opening on Friday 5th November

‘Treading the boards, always looking for his father in the dust’ is the second solo exhibition from Séamus McCormack. In this exhibition of lens-based works, the artist utilises the malleable qualities of fiction, citing classic works but aiming to go beyond the narratives, exploring hidden histories, contexts and personal engagements with the texts. The works play in the space between documentation and the iconic quality of a staged composition.

He explains: “I try and avoid creating strictly agenda-driven or didactic documentaries, but instead develop personal scenarios in which individual voices resonate from the texts I cite”.  

Born in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath in 1983 Seamus was educated at the Dublin Institute of Technology and the Limerick School of Art & Design. He graduated in 2006 with a first class honours degree in Fine Art receiving the Best Fine Art Student Award, and in addition was awarded the Gold Medal for Academic Excellence from the Faculty of Applied Arts, DIT.He has exhibited in group shows across Ireland including the Stone Gallery, Dublin, Catalyst Arts, Belfast and Mullingar Arts Centre. He also devised a performance piece on view at Project Arts Space, Temple Bar in April 2006. He has received a number grants from the Westmeath County Council Arts Office and in 2006 received the Emerging Artist Bursary Award. Séamus has been involved in a number of Community Art initiatives, and is currently employed by the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

 Free admission. All are welcome to attend, exhibition runs until 27th November.


The Quay, Westport, Mayo T: 098-28735.E: W:

Christina Starzer - Mystic Revealing.  October 17   –   November 7th.

Opening by Karin  Fichtinger-Grohe Deputy Head of Mission Austrian Embassy Dublin.

Benita Stoney.  October 14th – November 7th.

Portraits in Egg Tempera   Series of portraits of the very young – possibilities and promise, to the very old where the story of life is written on the face.

Opening by Siobhán Garrigan October 14 7.30pm.

Mayo in Mind. Open Printmaking exhibition.  Official opening by Mary A. Fitzgerald

On Thursday November 11th at 7.30pm. Exhibition runs until December 5th 2010.

 “ The most beautiful view I ever saw in the world. The mountains were

a thousand fantastic ways and . . . the bay . . . which sweeps down

hundred islands in it, were dressed up in gold, and purple, and crimson,

cloudy west in a flame. Wonderful, wonderful!"

William Makepeace Thackeray writing of Clew Bay 1842.


Linenhall St, Castlebar, Mayo.T: 094 9023733 E: W:

Friday 5th - Friday 26th November.  2010 RDS Student Art Awards Exhibition

The 2010 RDS Student Art Awards Travelling Exhibition begin its regional tour of Ireland at the Linenhall. Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, the RDS Student Art Awards are the most prestigious art competition open to registered students of award-bearing art courses in Ireland. Over the years, many of Ireland’s most eminent artists have received prizes from the RDS Student Arts Awards, including Walter Osborne, Sir William Orpen and more recently James Hanley, R.H.A. and Eamonn O’Kane. This exhibition offers a snapshot showcase of contemporary artistic endeavour, and new talents to look out for in the world of Irish art.

Adm.: free. Official opening on Friday 5th November at 7.30pm. All welcome.



 An exhibition documenting the process of creating the artwork  - ‘In an attempt to find the right words..’

‘In an attempt to find the right words..’ is a new permanent public art installation by artist James Hayes at The Belmullet Arts Centre, Áras Inis Gluaire.  An exhibition documenting the process of creating the artwork, and the stories behind some of the donated pencils, will be exhibited in the gallery space from the launch date, 22nd October, until 10th November.

Exhibition: A Place in Time

An exhibition of paintings by Mary Lavelle-Burke, titled A Place in Time will be launched in Áras Inis Gluaire on November 13, at 4.00 p.m. The exhibition will be officially opened by John McHugh, sculptor. Mary Lavelle-Burke graduated with a degree in Fine Art and Design from GMIT in 2007 and she lives and works on Achill Island. She has participated in several group exhibitions since 2006 throughout Ireland and abroad. Mary’s work is included in public and private collections in many countries, including the collection of Mayo County Council and National University Hospital Galway. The atmosphere and environment of Achill Island - and the everyday life spent observing and experiencing the landscape and the sea, specifically the shoreline, rocks and pools of Dooega Bay - has inspired the body of works in A Place in Time – her first solo exhibition.

The Ballinglen Arts Foundation,

Main Street, Ballycastle, Co Mayo T : 096 43184 E :

 "New Images from North Mayo"

"New Images from North Mayo" is hanging in the Courthouse Gallery and available for viewing by appointment Monday - Friday.

For further information contact Una Forde at The Ballinglen Arts Foundation.

Selected Programmes:

excel 2016

Mayo County Council's Youth Arts Programme  2016


Bealtaine 2016

Celebrating Creatibity as we Age – May 2016

Bealtaine 2016 cover 


John F. Deane

Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015

John F. Deane Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015


Culture Night 2016

Countywide programme of cultural events – 16th September

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Culture Night 2016

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