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UPSTART 2015 – Call for Proposals

Mayo County Council’s Arts Office is now inviting project proposals for UPSTART 2015, a programme of arts events in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities which takes place annually on 3rd December.

Mayo County Council’s Arts Office has made a considerable commitment to the development of quality Arts and Disability activity in CountyMayo.  Since 2010, the Arts Office has provided funding for 24 collaborative projects with arts organizations, artists, disability organizations/ groups of disabled people to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

In 2014, events took place in Belmullet, Castlebar and Westport. These included collaborative projects between artists (theatre/ visual/photographers/ musicians), groups of people with disabilities (Western Care Erris, St.Bríds & St. Anthony’s schools Castlebar, Luisne Art Group Ballinrobe, Connaught Creative Resource Group Castlebar, Carrowbeg Enterprises Westport) and Mayo Arts Venues (Áras Inis Gluaire/ Belmullet Arts Centre, The Linenhall Castlebar, The Custom House Studios Westport). A wide variety of projects were undertaken and wonderful outcomes included exhibitions, theatre performances and an animated film. For information on all UPSTART projects see:

The Arts Office is now inviting proposals for projects/events that will take place in 2015.  Proposals can come from:

  • Venues which participated in Mayo County Council’s Disability Arts Programme.
  • Artists who have participated in Disability Equality Training.
  • Professional disabled artists.
  • Groups of disabled people interested in working with a particular professional artist and/or venue to develop a project.

Proposals will be assessed by an expert external panel and funding will be awarded accordingly. Proposals should be submitted no later than 5pm,Wednesday 20th May 2015.  Funding is intended to support any of the following:

  • An event to celebrate arts and disability
  • A workshop (or series of workshops) with a local group of people with disabilities.
  • A performance for an invited audience of a work in progress/ event (film, theatre, dance, music, choral or other event) by a group of people with disabilities, which has come about through collaboration with a professional disabled artist or artists experienced in the area of disability.
  • A main stream performance that will be made accessible for an audience of people with disabilities.
  • An exhibition by professional disabled artist(s) or group of people with disabilities who have produced work with a professional artist.

For more information and details of how to apply please contact Damien O’Connor, Disability Arts Coordinator at Mayo County Council at the following email address


Awards deadline 2018 announced 

Amateur Drama and Music Assistance Recording Awards and Tyrone Guthrie Residency now open for application for 2018. 

Deadline: 23rd October 2018 at 5pm. 

For more information and application forms go to: Funding Application Form

Mayo Arts Service: T:094 9064376 / 094 9064367, 

Awards deadline 2018 announced-read the full story.

Mayo County Council Arts Plan 2018 - 2022

Mayo County Council Arts Office is currently developing a new five-year strategic arts plan for the county, which will be produced early next year.

We are actively seeking the views of those involved and interested in the arts, at all levels, within the county. This includes arts venues, festivals, artists, communities and people who use, or who benefit from our service.

We would welcome your contribution. Please complete our Arts Plan questionnaire, link below. (Alternatively you can write, email or phone the arts office. Or you can request a word document of the questionnaire)

Our current arts plan can be viewed here Mayo County Council Strategic Arts Plan 2011-2016

A profile of the services we deliver is available on the website here

Arts Plan Questionnaire

Thank you for your time and interest.

We also have a  questionnaire specifically for young people: Young People Questionnaire


Contact Details: Arts Office, Mayo County Council, Áras an Contae, Castlebar, Co Mayo.


Phone: 094 90 47558 / 47471


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