UPSTART: A Programme of Events Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2018

Posted in Connect on November 29, 2018.

Mayo County Council’s Arts Service is nationally recognised for its work in the area of Arts & Disability and has been leading, supporting and developing relevant programmes throughout Mayo and beyond. In 2010 the Arts Service initiated the UPSTART scheme, centred around International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3rd. This scheme provides support for arts projects/events in Mayo which provide access to quality arts experiences for people with disabilities in their own locality.

This year, five projects received funding through both the UPSTART and Creative Ireland Mayo funding schemes. A series of launches of project outcomes will happen between December 3rd and 11th 2018.

Down Syndrome Mayo with artists Anne Connolly and Elaine Brown worked together on a series of visual arts workshops which culminates in an exhibition of a wall hanging entitled ‘Cloth of Dreams’ at the Curam Centre, Claremorris on Monday 3rd December at 3.00 p.m. For further information contact Anne Connolly

Ridgepool Training Centre, Ballina Arts Centre & Claire Griffin worked on ‘Our World View’ (Through the Looking Glass), a series of workshops exploring different aspects and styles of printmaking, culminating in an exhibition of work in a variety of venues in Ballina. The exhibition will be launched at Ballina Arts Centre on Thursday 6th December. This project received additional support from the Creative Ireland Mayo Fund. For further information contact Sean Walsh on 096 73593 /

Two performances of ‘A Winter Wish at the Quiet Tree’, by Ceol Connected will take place on Saturday 8th December at 12.00 p.m. and 2.30 p.m at the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar. This project saw St Bríd’s School, Castlebar and the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar work with Ceol Connected on a series of workshops to deepen and extend the children’s engagement with the performance. For further information contact Orla Henihan

Carrowbeg Artists Collective based at Custom House Studios, Westport worked with DJ and sound artist Christopher Ceo on a series of workshops culminating in the production of a sound / audio art piece entitled ‘Sound Piece’ which will be launched at the Custom House Studios, Westport on Sunday 9th December at 3.00 p.m. For further information contact John Mc Hugh

Scannán Tecnologies, Ballina worked with artists Faith Hogan and Helen Falconer on a series of creative writing workshops culminating in the presentation of a series of poems and short stories entitled ‘Words Into Community’ which will be launched in the study room at Ballina Library on Tuesday 11th December at 2.00 p.m. For further information contact Silke Kauther

Since its inception in 2010, the UPSTART scheme has led to some extraordinary outcomes including: 41 partnership projects, engaging 98 artists/facilitators, working with 571 participants with disabilities on 373 workshops leading to 48 exhibitions/performances attended by over 2,488 audience members.

For further information on Mayo County Council’s Arts & Disability work or the UPSTART programme please contact: Damien O’Connor, Disability Arts Co-ordinator at Mayo Arts Office on 094 906 4363 or or see the programme website

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