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Announcing UPSTART: A programme of events celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2016

Posted: 12 October, 2016

The UPSTART scheme provides support for arts projects/events in Mayo, designed to provide access to quality arts experiences for people with disabilities in their own locality.

Mayo County Council’s Arts Service has been leading, supporting and developing Arts and Disability programmes throughout the county and in 2010 initiated a support scheme through International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Mayo Arts Service is nationally and internationally recognised for its Arts & Disability work and under the UPSTART scheme alone, 29 partnership projects have been supported so far, employing 72 artists/facilitators, working with over 400 participants with disabilities, in 260 workshops in the creation of 35 exhibitions/performances, to 1,783 audience members throughout the county.

This year, six projects received funding through the UPSTART scheme. Each project is currently being developed and will come to fruition on or around December 3rd 2016.

The Hawthorn Social Housing Group, Aras Attracta, Swinford, Mayo Artsquad and the O’Dwyer Art Centre, Bohola. For the first time, eight members of The Hawthorn Social Housing Group based at the newly opened Social Model Houses at Aras Attracta, Swinford are taking part in a series of visual arts workshops facilitated by Mayo Artsquad at the O’Dwyer Art Centre, Bohola. The project will culminate in the creation of a piece of visual art which will be exhibited on 3rd December.

Ridgepool Training Centre, Ballina Arts Centre & percussionist Anthony McNamee
This percussion programme is facilitated and designed by percussionist Anthony McNamee, to empower a group of participants from the Ridgepool Training Centre (Ballina) in learning new musical and performance skills, using drums and percussion instruments over a 12 week series of workshops. This will culminate in a performance at Ballina Arts Centre on Thursday 1st December.

Carrowbeg enterprises, Custom House Studios & poet Mary C Reilly
This project involves a series of workshops facilitated by Custom House Studios (Westport) and poet Mary C Reilly, who will work with six participants from Carrowbeg Enterprises. They will create a set of unique art books using imagery developed through printmaking and drawing, incorporating their own words and language as elements within a poetic verse. They will be invited to display their work during the annual end of year winter exhibition with other artists at the Custom House Studios.

Luisne Art Group (Ballinrobe) Scannán Technologies (Ballina) & Ballina Arts Centre.
At TACÚ Family Resource Centre, Ballinrobe, the Luisne group have, once again, come together with the Scannán Technologies to experience each others work, share skills and make an animated i-stop motion film via a series of visual arts and film workshops facilitated by artist/facilitators Breda Murphy and Silke Kauther. The theme of the work this year is – The movement of people around the world. The resulting film of a shadow-show and an exhibition of drawings, paintings, photography and story boards will take place at Ballina Arts Centre on Thursday 1st December.

The Rural Training Centre, St Anthony’s School, (Castlebar), visual artist Patricia Youell & Poet/writer Maura Gilligan.
The artists will facilitate a series of visual arts and creative writing workshops, working with up to 30 individuals from the Rural Training Centre and students from St Anthony’s School. The resulting exhibition will celebrate nature and the natural cycle of the year. Taking the form of Silk Hangings suspended freely on natural tree branches with accompanying readings from members of the Creative Writing workshop Group. The exhibition will be launched at 11.00 a.m. on Saturday 3rd December at the Rural Training Centre.

For further information on Mayo County Council’s Arts & Disability Programme or UPSTART please contact: Damien O’Connor, Disability Arts Co-ordinator at Mayo Arts Office on 094 904 7551 or mayoarts@mayococo.ie

A creation by artist Bridie Lally, exhibited as part of The Gift, at the Museum of Country Life.

Under the Upstart scheme alone, 24 partnership projects have been supported, employing 59 artists/facilitators working with over 330 disabled participants in 205 workshops to create 39 exhibitions/performances.

The Connaught Telegraph, 3rd December, 2015

An artist working in clay with an arts facilitator as part of UPSTART's support scheme

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