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FIND Public Art Project wins prestigious national arts award!!

A public art project called FIND, an initiative of Mayo County Council Arts Office Public Art Programme in collaboration with The Linenhall Arts Centre, has won the Allianz Business to Arts Award for Best Commissioning Practice.

President Michael D. Higgins presented the award to Cathaoirleach Councillor Damien Ryan and Gaynor Seville, Public Art Co-ordinator, at a special ceremony in Dublin at the National Concert Hall on 9th September.

This was the 24th year of the awards and the second highest ever number of nominations for the awards were received this year.  Brendan Murphy, Allianz chief executive, said this year's awards showcased an inspirational range of organisations and communities, adding "These awards demonstrate yet again the contribution and creativity in both the business and arts community, and its importance to our economic and cultural recovery"

FIND was an exciting artistic venture presenting a series of temporary artworks/installations/events in and around the town of Castlebar last April, with the Linenhall Arts Centre acting as central focus for participating artists and audience alike.

The temporary works were created by CountyMayo based artists, including a performance and re-enactment of a tug of war that used to be an annual event for workers at the Old Hat Factory. The artist searched out descendants of the factory to take part, along with students from St Joseph’s school in the town.  Other artworks included a series of miniature drawings in business environments, an outdoor film projection, a building that lit up and interacted with passersby, a side street crammed with flags and text relating to the old Linen industry and the old Castlebar Star Cinema rediscovered and represented via a specially created film.

The Mayo artists who were selected for the commissions were Nuala Clarke (with Crystal Gandrud), AliceDixon (with Anthony Champa), Joanna Hopkins, Chris Leach, Amanda Rice and Ian Wieczorek. This project was the first collaboration of the Mayo County Council Arts Office Public Art Programme and the Linenhall Arts Centre, with international status Irish artists Alice Maher and Aideen Barry acting as mentors for the initiative.

Artist Alice Dixon said “Being part of the FIND project was an exciting privilege on many levels. It was an honor to work with such a dynamic and talented group of people. Watching the community interact, play and discover the outdoor artwork was, for me, the highlight of the project.”

Full details of the project can be found via www.findartproject.com  


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