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Projects Funded in 2012

In 2012, the Arts Office is supporting International Day of Persons with Disabilities through the provision of support for arts projects/events in Mayo which will include events inWestport, Castlebar, Belmullet and Ballinrobe. These include;

An Coilín and artist Deirdre Walsh: Castlebar

The Colour  of  a Corridor’, an exhibition by people who have spent most of their lives in psychiatric care. The series of fifteen workshops leading to the exhibition in their care centre, were facilitated by artist, Deirdre Walsh whose experience in this area is nationally recognised.


Carrowbeg enterprises and the Custom House Studios:  Westport

The Carrowbeg artists participated in print workshops and held their own day-long event at the Custom House Studios. They invited members of the public to join them in the print studio and make their own prints, emphasising opportunities for people with disabilities to work creatively alongside others, in an integrated atmosphere and environment.


Connaught Creative Resource, Castlebar and the Linenhall Arts Centre: Castlebar 

‘Let It Roll’, a wall-based exhibition of visual art, created by service users from Western Care (at the Connaught Creative Resource Centre) and four students from GMIT Castlebar Campus (Department of Art & Design). Their collective work was developed through facilitated workshops with artists Jodi Coyne, Rachel McDonnell, Marian McHale and Breda Burns facilitated.  The exhibition was displayed in the Linenhall Arts Centre's foyer space throughout December 2012 and was followed by a tour to Custom House Studios, Westport and Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet in January/February 2013.


Luisne Art Group: Ballinrobe

Creation Animation. This project brought the artist Denise McDonagh to work with Luisne artists to experience working with written words and visual art in order to produce work in a new medium – Animation. The project culminated in the production of a DVD of the resulting Animations.


Rural Training Centre and artist Tom Meskell: Castlebar

Reimagined.  The Rural Training Centre hosted a series of found-object sculpture workshops facilitated by artist Tom Meskell. Participants created life-sized figures which were photographed, edited along with a soundtrack and the finished work which was screened in the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar. In addition the artworks were sited in Lough Lannagh for the public to engage with and enjoy.


Western Care Association, Áras Inis Gluaire/ Belmullet Arts Centre & artist Peter Crann: Belmullet

“Shake it Make it” a collaboration between Western Care Association Erris,  Áras Inis Gluaire/Belmullet Arts Centre andartist Peter Crann from Itchy Feet.  This was an interactive percussion project involving six workshops with 8 service users of Western Care, culminating in a performance of their work in Áras Inis Gluaire/ Belmullet Arts Centre on December 3rd.

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