Artworks drapes hanging down from the ceiling in a gallery space. Artworks drapes hanging down from the ceiling in a gallery space. Artworks drapes hanging down from the ceiling in a gallery space.

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Welcome to the UPSTART website.

Clare revealing a print to a participant
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.

Mayo County Council’s Arts Service is now inviting applications for UPSTART 2019. The deadline for applications is 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 3rd April 2019. If you would like to apply to the scheme, please download an application form, with information about the eligibility criteria, at this link:

upstart 2019 application form

 

UPSTART. A programme of events in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Bernard practising scratching on a c.d

Mayo County Council’s Arts Service is nationally recognised for its work in the area of Arts and Disability and has been leading, supporting and developing relevant programmes throughout Mayo and beyond.

Clare demonstrating to Bernard and Sean

In 2010 the Arts Service initiated the UPSTART scheme, centred around International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3rd

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.

Marrian and Martin, scratch printing demonstration

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 mayoarts@mayococo.ie or see the programme website http://mayo-upstart.ie