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Amharcealaín - Visual Art

The Ballinglen Arts Foundation

Main Street, Ballycastle, Co Mayo.

Tel/Fax 096 43184




The Summer Exhibition: "Images from North Mayo” is now open at The Ballinglen Arts Foundation's Courthouse Gallery, Main Street, Ballycastle, and will run to the 30th August. It includes 16 works by 13 artists from Ireland, England, Scotland, & the USA who have participated in Ballinglen's international Fellowship Programme. The Exhibition is drawn from the Ballinglen Archive, a continually expanding permanent collection of over 470 works to date. The artists represented have exhibited widely in major museums, corporate & private collections throughout the world.

Artists represented are:

Zoe Benbow (England),  Marie Hanlon (Dublin),  Kathy Herbert (Dublin), Bernadette Kiely (Kilkenny),  Rebecca Kinkead (USA),  Mary Lohan (Dublin),  Eoghann MacColl (Scotland),   Breon O'Casey (D: 2011, England),

Margaret O'Sullivan (Cork), Carol Robertson (England), Varvara Shavrova (Ireland), James Stewart (USA), Trevor Sutton (England).

The opening hours of The Summer Exhibition: "Images from North Mayo” are

12 - 4 Mon - Fri or by appointment.




The Quay, Westport, Mayo  

T: 098-28735.              




Betty Gannon

4th - 28th August 2011.

Custom House Studios at Westport Quay are pleased to host an exhibition of new works by Betty Gannon from 4th - 28th August 2011.

The exhibition entitled FRAY and FRAGMENT. Physical residue is the starting point for these ongoing series of drawings. The artist is  interested in the inevitable process entropy - of things breaking down or wearing out .  A change takes place, something is replaced, repaired, or just abandoned, and in that process our attention is drawn to the physical impressions of use that we leave behind. 

Exposed to the elements and human activity, our surroundings bear the marks of decay and use.  Photography, sketching and memory are my ways of gathering information. From these sources I isolate areas of pattern and rhythm and make small drawings, which become the starting point for larger, intensely detailed drawings which are built up with repetitive, rhythmic marks using Indian ink and a fine mapping pen. These drawings  are about ideas and possibilities, and with each step the image is transformed, taking on a new existence, a reality  that exists only as an image in itself.


Rachael Agnew        

4th - 28th August 2011.

Rachael Agnew's work is situated between Science and Art.  She has the curiosity of a scientist who creates understanding through structuring life’s information.  As an artist she attempts to visualise her own perception of this information.  Her practice is centred on atomic theory and the possibility of connections. Through her practice she pieces back together her thoughts and consciousness into visible structures by reconstructing and evolving fragments of structures gathered from a hybrid of spaces.  Using a non-specialised, holistic and diagrammatic way, she juxtaposes these structures to find their commonality, making new ones, analogies and paradoxes.  Her work builds on paradoxes such as, theory/ practice, visible/ invisible and chaos/ order.  Her pieces are raw, unpolished and evolving ideas realised through experimenting with contemporary drawing (making a mark regardless of the medium used).  The artist attempts to challenge, learn and communicate how she perceives her reality and in doing so, open up my internal dialogue into a visual thought so that others may do the same.



Submissions for exhibitions and use of studio space for 2012 and 2013

Custom House Studios are now inviting submissions for exhibitions and use of studio space for 2012 and 2013.

The Studios complex houses 7 artists’ studios, exhibition space, and print studio.

These facilities are housed in the historic Customs          House building on the Quay in Westport, Ireland.

Studio Occupancy

Artists are now invited to submit proposals for year long use of Studios in   2012 and 2013.

Artists are now invited to submit proposals for short term use of Studios during the years 2012 and 2013.


Artists and Curators are now invited to submit proposals for exhibitions at Custom House Studios gallery during 2012and 2013. 

Submissions due for studios and exhibitions by the 30th September 2011

Please send letters of interest, CVs and documentation of work and 8 – 10 images to:    The Manager.  Custom House Studios, The Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland.




Linenhall St, Castlebar, Mayo.

T: 094 9023733




Monday 18th July-Saturday 27th August

Danny Diamond - Chasing Shadows, Irish Music Photographs

An exhibition from an ongoing project documenting and following Irish Traditional music “in its continual evolution and flux”. Danny Diamond is a photographer and musician from Dublin. His photographic work is primarily in black and white and aspires to what the great American photographer Walker Evans called a ‘lyric documentary’ style. Danny’s work on Irish Traditional Music has been exhibited in Ireland and in the United States and he has photographed on behalf of some of the leading Irish Traditional arts organizations, including the Irish Traditional Music Archive. This is Danny’s 3rd solo exhibition.

Part of THE FULL IRISH Summer Trad programme. The Linenhall Arts Centre acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this exhibition possible.

Adm. Free


Friday 5th - Saturday 27th August

Mary Noonan - The Narrow Limitations of Common Sense

An exhibition of mixed media drawings and sculptural works by Claremorris-born artist Mary Noonan. “This work is a reflection of my research into Irish folklore and superstition relating to ‘fairy-faith’, particularly from the late 19th and early 20th century. It also has a direct relationship to my own upbringing on a farm in Mayo. The materials and processes I use, such as tearing and cutting the paper, become a metaphor for psychological aspects of uncovered narrative. The work is informed by a sense of the uncanny and explores ideas relating to identity, landscape and cultural history.” Mary has both a BA and MFA in Painting from NCAD. Currently based in Dublin, she has exhibited widely since 2000 including COE Claremorris Open Exhibition (2006, 2007, 2010), RUA Annual Show (2008) RHA Annual Show (2010) and was an invited artist at TULCA 2010. This is Mary's 6th solo exhibition.

More info can be found at

The Linenhall Arts Centre acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this exhibition possible.

Adm. Free

Official opening on Friday 5th August at 7.30pm. All welcome.





T: 097 81079


Local Artists Exhibition

Local Artists Exhibition will be launched on Wednesday, August 3 at 7.30 p.m. and will run for the month of July.  Admission free, all welcome.



Charlestown Arts Centre

Barrack St, Charlestown, Mayo

T: 094-9255812 or 086-8202883




‘Blas’ a selection of  artworks  from the Mayo County Council Collection will be on show in Charlestown Arts Centre from early August. The exhibition contains a variety of media including painting, photography and sculpture and  includes works by Selma Makela, Niall McCormack, Maria Tuffy, David Creedon, Yvonne O’Sullivan, Anthony Pilbro, Sheila Gorman, Camille Souter, Margaret Morrison, Maria Clarke, Aidan Mc Dermott, Hughie O’Donohue and Br. Joseph Mc Nally.



Aurelia - The Achill artists Group exhibition

A Large crowed attended the opening of Aurelia - The Achill artists Group exhibition at Dooagh Achill Island on Sunday last July 31st. The exhibition is open every day until August 21st. This is an   extensive exhibition of new works by Ronan Halpin, Mary Lavelle Burke, John Mc Hugh, Amanda Mc Mahon, Margo Mc Nulty, Margaret Morrisson, Camile Souter, Joe Wilson, Frances van Miele, and Antic Ham. These artists are working on Achill Island, developing a varied body of works which refer to the island’s history, culture, community and environment as source material.


The Achill Artists group is a collective of visual artists based on Achill, who have organized a series of 6 group exhibitions over 12 years, - last one in 2009, - each containing new works in sculpture, painting, printmaking and video. These exhibitions are of considerable to the community on Achill, as well as to visitors to the island, and continue to build on the traditional importance of the visual arts on the Island. 

Further infomration 086 2325516



Claremorris Open Exhibition 2011

From a record entry of over three hundred submissions, a total of thirty-four artists have been selected to take part in the forthcoming Claremorris Open Exhibition.

Since its inception in 1978, the annual Claremorris Open Exhibition (COE) has successfully brought the very best in contemporary art to the normally sleepy West of Ireland town. Of course, taking the most exciting and challenging in multimedia contemporary art and placing it square in the face of the rural populace has become somewhat of a mission statement of the team behind the annual event, making COE a much talked about event in art circles. An open submission exhibition, COE traditionally attracts large numbers of submissions from both home and abroad, making selection to participate a prize in itself. This year proves no exception, with almost three hundred artists vying for a place in the catalogue. With a prize fund of €8,000 and the involvement of some of the top curators of the moment, COE has established itself as a major event in the art world. The event organisers believe that attention to detail, close co-operation with exhibiting artists and careful selection of a diverse range of exciting and challenging works are the three keys to success. Past Curators of COE have included Lizzie Carey-Thomas (Curator at Tate Britain); Ingrid Swenson (Director of Peer); Andrea Schlieker (Co-Curator of 2006 British Art Show), Lewis Biggs (Director of Tate Britain & Liverpool Biennial) and Tom Morton, Co-Curator of the British Art Show.

The Curator of this year's exhibition is Chris Hammond, founder and Curator of MOT International. Chris is also a lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London. Chris first visited Claremorris in June, spending a long and arduous weekend selecting the works that will make it to exhibition.

Over the course of the summer months Chris is working closely with the organisers of COE to ensure the thirty-four works selected for inclusion are perfectly placed in the various exhibition spaces throughout the town. It certainly is a painstaking task, but one that will undoubtedly give great satisfaction when the full exhibition opens to the public on September 3rd. More details about the exhibition will follow in the coming weeks. Updates will be placed on the news section of our website.



CHANGING FORM - Bernie Colhoun and Jessica Knibb.

CHANGING FORM is a visual art exhibition featuring the photographic and sculptural work of Bernie Colhoun and Jessica Knibb.

These two young emerging artists from Mayo have come together to exhibit work, which deals with the idea of Changing Form, whether that is in a physically constructive sense or an emotionally communicative sense.

Opening Night 7pm–8pm Friday22nd July 2011

Exhibition Runs             Monday 18th July – Thursday 18th August

                                   Open 9.30am – 5.00pm (Mon-Fri)

Venue                          Western People Offices, Tone Street, Ballina, Co.Mayo

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

Facebook: Mayo Culture Night

Culture Night 2016

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