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Mayo Arts Service

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Culture Works | Curators

Culture Works creates and produces exciting arts and cultural experiences in Ireland. Working in collaboration with artists and arts organisations to realise their artistic vision and create work that engages and captivates audiences. Their creative focus is on projects that explore locality and placemaking. Culture Works provides services across multiple art forms – from theatre to the world of digital arts, literature to outdoor spectacle, visual arts to site-specific work – as well as in the areas of policy development, project management and strategic planning.

Recent projects include Galway City Council LLPS ‘Eyes on the Horizon’ a series of outdoor happenings and interventions across Galway City. Light Ballet, a stunning light installation on the River Shannon over eight days as part of by Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, in June 2021. The Digital Toolbox for the Arts & The Future is Bright webinar series commissioned by the Arts Council.



Mayo County Council Arts Service

The Arts Service is responsible for the development and implementation of services which provide support for the arts in Mayo and is a well-established unit within the local authority. Mayo County Council has employed an Arts Officer since 1989 and has expanded its County Arts Service considerably as part of a substantial commitment to the development of the arts. The Service aims to make the arts accessible and inclusive to all and events are open to everyone, whatever their background or previous experience of the arts. The service’s work has been firmly based on the principles of quality, access, inclusion and long-term value. The Arts Service is well supported by the council’s Elected Members and Executive, and by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Annually the service works with over 300 community groups and impacts directly on the lives of at least 125,000 people who attend events organised by or funded through the Arts Service.

National Museum of Ireland – Country Life

The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life at Turlough Park, Castlebar is the home for the Museum’s Irish Folklife Collection.  NMI – Country Life opened in 2001 and tells the story of everyday Irish rural life between the period 1850 to 1950. The Irish Folklife Division manages the Collection, understanding that traditions change and evolve, and seeks to reflect this in our collecting. We seek to work with all communities, at home and abroad, and explore themes for contemporary collecting. People’s stories and the provenance of their objects continue to be the essence of the Irish Folklife Collection.

Mayo Artsquad

Established in 1997 with FÁS support, Mayo County Council’s Artsquad has continued to provide excellent training in community arts skills for fifteen participants annually. The participants on Artsquad come from a wide variety of backgrounds and work with groups from all communities, providing workshops, training and street theatre. The Artsquad also works extensively with festivals throughout the county.

The Community Employment programme is administered by the Dept. of Social Protection and Mayo County Council is the sponsor and manages the scheme at a local level.

Linenhall Arts Centre

The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, has been providing an arts service to the people of Mayo for over 20 years. Housed in one of the oldest existing linen halls in Ireland in the heart of Castlebar town, is home to a gorgeous intimate performance space, a visual art gallery, coffee shop, and an art workshop space.  An artist studio and digital media hot desk space are currently in development.  The Linenhall programmes local, national and international arts events and activities; supports those working in the arts who live in the region and provides opportunities for all in the community to participate in making art.


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