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Summer Music Series

A series of county wide music events is organised in July which includes all kinds of music : folk, rock, traditional, classical. Hundreds of local people attend events which to date have been held in Westport, Castlebar, Kiltimagh, Foxford, Louisburgh, Ballina, Belmullet, Tourmakeady, Killala, Ballyhaunis and Charlestown.


Residency Programme

The Artist in Residence Scheme has been used to enable artists, writers, musicians, dancers and drama workers to work directly with people in schools, hospitals (and other healthcare settings ) and local communities. This offers an opportunity for interaction outside of the usual artistic setting, facilitating integration and learning.


Force 12 Writers Weekend

Force 12, is held in Belmullet in June, and attended by over 80 writers from groups throughout the country. The weekend features workshops and readings by both published and unpublished writers, local tours and music.
A writer in residence programme has been developed for Force 12 where a bilingual writer works in the region for five weeks before the festival, giving workshops and readings in schools, libraries and care settings.  Past directors include: Jessie Lendennie, Chris Agee, John F.Deane, Kate Newman and Vincent Woods.


Artists Mentoring & Networking Programme

This programme was initiated by Mayo County Council in partnership with Age & Opportunity and is supported by the Arts Council and The Health Service Executive Western Area ( formerly The Western Health Board). The mentoring programme provides supported opportunities for artists to experience working with older people in health-care settings. It also provides a network for these artists so they can share ideas, experiences and learning.

Since February 2004, artists Margaret Morrison, Irma Van Baalen, Bernie Garvey O'Mara, Tom Meskell andBreda Murphy, have been working in Achill,Westport, Ballina, Swinford and Claremorris, in a range of settings, including long-term care and day care.

Artist coordinator, Deirdre Walsh has been the mentor in the programme, providing artistic and practical supports arising from her extensive experience in this area.


Art in Education Programme

The Arts Office conducted extensive research in 2001 to identify issues related to the provision of arts in schools and among teachers. A series of workshops, for over 47 schools was delivered in 2001. In 2002, the Arts Office co-funded six week programmes of arts workshops with 10 schools as a further development of its work with schools. In partnership with the Mayo Education Centre, this provision was augmented by a series of experiential arts workshops for teachers, in which over 40 teachers participated.  The Arts Office funds twenty six-week projects in Mayo schools annually.


Visual Arts

In addition to providing support for exhibitions, the Arts Office organises a number of exhibitions annually, usually to promote work originating from residencies and specific initiatives.

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