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Ballina Civic Offices, Arran Place, Ballina, Co. Mayo.

T: 096 73593




Hughie O’Donoghue: North Mayo Retrospect – Selected Works from Irish Public & Private Collections 1990-2010

Official Opening: Thursday 5th May, 8pm

North Mayo Retrospect- Selected Works from Irish Public & Private Collections 1990-2010 is an exhibition of work by one of Ireland’s leading painters. Hughie O’Donoghue was born in Manchester in 1953 and spent many childhood summers in Bangor-Erris, Co. Mayo – where his mother had come from. This experience has informed much of his work in the past twenty years. This special exhibition – drawn from public and private collections in Ireland – features a selection of O’Donoghue’s North Mayo works, in both painting and print.

A full colour, illustrated catalogue accompanies this exhibition.

Free admission. All are welcome to attend, exhibition runs until 25th June.




Linenhall St, Castlebar, Mayo.

T: 094 9023733




Friday 6th - Saturday 28th May

Niall McCormack - The Incidence of Light

An exhibition of recent paintings and sculptures by Westport-based visual artist Niall McCormack. Niall’s artistic vision encompasses a form of architectural surrealism in which the visual currency of buildings - walls, windows, passages and spaces - is used as a vehicle to explore the emotional effects of light, colour and composition. Niall has been exhibiting since the early 1980s in shows in England, Italy, Sweden, Washington and around Ireland. Recent group shows include the Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition, Boyle Arts Festival (invited 2009-10), and the RHA Annual Exhibition (2007-2011 inclusive), and is included in the Dictionary of Living Irish Artists (2010). This is Niall’s 7th solo exhibition.

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

Adm. Free

Official opening Friday 6th May at 7.30pm by Michael O’Dea RHA. All welcome.


Monday 9th - Friday 13th May

Susan Morley - Eclectic Collection

The first solo exhibition by Castlebar-based artist Susan Morley, a mixed media show comprising a selection of photography, drawing, painting, sewing and modelling. This work represents an ongoing exploration into the use of different materials to produce functional as well as purely visual items of art and craft. Some of the materials are also recycled.

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

Adm. Free

Official opening on Monday 9th May at 2.30pm. All welcome.


Tuesday 17th - Friday 27th May

Davitt College Students’ Puppet Exhibition

A colourful, imaginative and fun exhibition of puppets designed and hand crafted by the 1st and 2nd year students of Castlebar’s Davitt College. The mixed media puppets, made by individual students using recyled materials including plastics, paper, tinfoil, fabrics and rubber, were based on a role model, celebrity or a superhero. This project was lead by Miss Silke from the Davitt College Art Department.

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

Adm. free

Official opening on Monday 16th May at 7.30pm. All welcome.




The Quay, Westport, Mayo  

T: 098-28735.              





would not violets grow from her heart - a solo show of new work Jane O’Sullivan

May 5th-June 6th 2011

Artist's Statement 

I am continually searching for meaning. I am never quite sure where it will find me or where I will find it.

Discovering the German Romantic Poet Rainer Maria Rilke was of great help; he championed intuition over the rational and the romantic over the classical in his work.

If art can be the depiction of what is not there, as I believe it can;

What is other, the other side, the forgotten, the obsolete, a conversation with the unknown…then these spaces are worthy of investigation.

I am interested in accessing the intangible space, which Rilke identified as

The Innerworld Outside[1]

I use many found images from various sources to assist me on this journey. At this very moment it is a 1930,s black and white photographic collection of ballet dancers, an embroidery book and a field guide to birds.

It is a specifically magical\real space that I desire, working from very real sources, sort of backwards into someplace else.

The symbolist artist Odilon Redon mentioned in his writings that he wished to place the logic of the visible/real in the service of the invisible\unreal[2]

How do you know where anything exists for certain? when meaning can be made about anything ,it can be measured, even the poetical space within a birds nest or a shell.

My belief is that it is the attention given to otherwise insignificant moments, that can award a magical, special and wondering meaning to that which may very well be lost forever, and it is towards this space where my work is focused. The innerworld outside, is not an oppositional space, it exists in both the unreal and the worldly, but the interest is in not knowing where one starts and the other begins.                                                                       

[1] Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet, Vintage Books, New York 1986.

[2] Simon Watney, FantasticArt, Park South Books, New York, 1977


Antonio Julio Lopez Castro 5th – 29th May 2011

Paintings explore the landscape as a place we inhabit which celebrates the spirit of communal life.  Works also special attention to the specifics of place, mans connection to the land .



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An exhibition of paintings by Therese Duffy, Rita Flannery, Mary Lavelle-Burke & Marian Mc Hale.

This group show features four painters who share common ground in their concern about global change and its affect on their localities. Though their artwork is diverse and they have very different and unique styles, they share an affinity with individual preoccupations.

Official Opening - Friday May 6th at 8pm.

Exhibition runs until Friday June 10th 2011.

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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