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Mayo Arts Service


UPSTART is an initiative of Mayo County Council’s Arts Service which aims to: 

1. Incentivise quality artistic collaborations between groups/ people with disabilities, artists, arts venues and organisations within County Mayo. 

2. Support opportunities for people with disabilities to develop arts projects in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3rd December. 

This programme is strategically funded by Mayo County Council in partnership with the Arts Council.  

Since its inception in 2010 to 2020, the UPSTART programme has led to some extraordinary outcomes including:  51 partnership projects, engaging 116 artists/facilitators, working with 688 participants with disabilities on 477 workshops leading to 59 exhibitions/performances attended by 3,174 audience members.

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For further information on the Arts Services work in the area of Arts and Disability, contact Damien O’Connor, Arts and disability co-ordinator on 094 906 4363 or 

This initiative is strategically funded by Mayo County Council in partnership with the Arts Council.

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