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Projects 2014

UPSTART - A programme of arts activities in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities 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 County Mayo.  Since 2010, the Arts Office has provided funding for a number of 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, Ballinrobe, Castlebar and Westport. These included: 

Western Care Association, Áras Inis Gluaire/ Belmullet Arts Centre & theatre artist Gemma Gallagher: Belmullet. 

Journey. At Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet, Gemma Gallagher from Shadowbox Theatre Company worked as artist in residence with service users from the Western Care Association, Erris, on a series of Theatre/ Drama Workshops. Together they devised a new piece called ‘Journey’, which had its debut performance at Áras Inis Gluaire/ Belmullet Arts Centre.  "This is a project working with participants new to theatre. Exploring the fun that can be had making theatre from the ideas, stories and reflections of the group, using masks music and everyday objects" said Brendan Murray, Artistic Director, Áras Inis Gluaire/ Belmullet Arts Centre.


Luisne Art Group, Connaught Creative Resource Centre, artists Breda Murphy, Breda Burns & Frank Conway: Castlebar & Ballinrobe

‘At Home in the Universe’. Throughout October and November, the Luisne art Group and the Connaught Creative Resource Centre Art Group (CCRC) created an exhibition entitled At Home in the Universe. The work was created at Tacú Family Resource Centre, Ballinrobe and at the CCRC, Castlebar, facilitated by visual artists Breda Murphy, Breda Burns and Frank Conway. "Luisne Art Project and Connaught Creative Resource Centre Artists have come together to create an exhibition of work inspired by their experience of HOME. The work is an exploration of home territory and what it means to each artist", Breda Mayock, Luisne Art Group coordinator.  Their joint exhibition was launched by Deputy John O’Mahony, T.D, in the Linenhall Arts Centre.


St. Bríd’s & St. Anthony’s schools, The Linenhall Arts Centre and New Moon Theatre Company: Castlebar.

The Linenhall Arts Centre hosted a presentation of "Fruit Full", by New Moon Theatre Project, Galway for students from St Bríds and St Anthony's schools in Castlebar. This followed a range of participative arts workshops designed to extend and deepen the children’s engagement with the theatre performance, making the experience safe and enjoyable for the audience.  "We're thrilled at the Linenhall Arts Centre to be working with the staff and pupils at St Bríd's Special National School and St Anthony's School Castlebar, on an exciting engagement project focusing on the performance "Fruit Full" by New Moon Theatre Project". said Orla Henihan, Arts Access officer at the Linenhall.


Carrowbeg Artists Collective & The Custom House Studios: Westport.

Drawing the Greenway. Hosted by the Custom House Studios, artists from the Carrowbeg Collective were facilitated by artists John McHugh, Caroline Masterson and Grainne O’Reilly, with input from photographer Michelle McArron and musician Aileen Smith. Together they developed a short animated film, ‘Drawing the Greenway’, based on the groups’ tour of the Great Western Greenway that summer. While the film was reminiscent of old Black & White films with musical accompaniment, it is a contemporary artwork representing the groups impressions of the Greenway in 2014. The Carrowbeg artists transformed their drawings and prints to a shadow puppet show which was recorded on film. Over sixty people attended the first screening at the Custom House Studios and were enchanted by the dreamy, lyrical film. The film was also entered into the Osca Bright International Film Festival in April 2015.

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