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Mayo Arts Service

Community Engagement 2022 - 2023

Event: Your local stories about work industries                                                                                       

Friday 1st September 2023, 2 – 4.30pm.

 Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet.

Have you worked in one of the many local industries across the North Mayo region, such as textiles, peat harvesting, farming, fishing or others? If the answer is yes, we would love to hear from you.

Newly commissioned artists Hardeep Sahota and Tim Smith will work with the local community to gather stories of these lived experiences. There will be a presentation of the artists work and how it is inspired by local work industries. Afterwards people will have an opportunity to share their stories of their working lives.

Through this project the artists will explore the importance of industry, identity and place in order to celebrate the findings through a fusion of art, photography, dance, a specially commissioned soundscape and a short film.

Booking required contact: Aoife O’Toole, Mayo Arts Service, Mayo County Council,, 094 9064376.


Workshop: Have a Go - Bhangra Dance and Light-painting!                                                                         

2nd September 2023, 11am – 12.30pm,                                                                                                     

Ballina Civic Centre Exhibition Space, Ballina Civic Office, Arran Place, Ballina.

FREE Light-painting workshop open to dancers of all ages, style and abilities. We invite you to take part in our exciting new project that will explore your individual dance styles through light-painting.

Join international artist Hardeep Sahota to learn some vibrant Indian Dance as well as the basics of ‘painting’ with light with support from the acclaimed photographer Tim Smith.

Originating from the Panjab in South Asia, Bhangra is an energetic traditional folk dance and musical form. In this interactive workshop, UK-based practitioner Hardeep Sahota will demonstrate some easy-to-learn Bhangra moves for you to follow. You will then get the opportunity to explore long-exposure photography using digital cameras and lights.

Booking required contact: Aoife O’Toole, Mayo Arts Service, Mayo County Council,, 094 9064376.

For more information on the artists visit:

This artist commission is part of Art in the Landscape, a project led by Offaly County Council in collaboration with partner organisations Bord Na Móna, Lough Boora Sculpture Park, Mayo County Council and Visual Artist Ireland. Funded by the Arts Council’s An Invitation to Collaboration Scheme. For more information visit:

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