Welcome to the UPSTART website.
UPSTART is an initiative of Mayo County Council’s Arts Service.
- To incentivise quality artistic collaborations between groups/ people with disabilities, artists, arts venues and organisations within County Mayo.
- Support opportunities for people with disabilities to develop arts projects in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3rd December.
To download the application for assistance under the UPSTART programme 2018.¬†¬†Click Here.
Mayo County Council‚Äôs Arts Service is delighted to announce the launch of UPSTART 2018, a programme of arts activities in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities which takes place annually on 3rd December.
Mayo County Council‚Äôs Arts Service has made a considerable commitment to the development of quality Arts and Disability activity in County Mayo through flagship projects and ongoing programmes. Since 2010 through the UPSTART programme, the Arts Service has provided funding for 41 collaborative projects involving arts organizations, artists, disability organizations/ groups of people with disabilities.
In 2017, events took place in Ballinrobe, Ballyhaunis, Belmullet, Castlebar and Westport. These included collaborative projects between artists, groups of people with disabilities and arts venues in Mayo. Participating artists were:
visual artists Caroline Masterson, Grainne O‚ÄôReilly, photographer Conor Mc Keown, chef √Āine Macguire, stain glass artist Gabrielle Bishop, Drama facilitator Danielle McDonnell, actors Kieran Coppinger and Charlene Kelly, play and screen play wrighter Christian O‚ÄôReilly, artistic director Petal Pilley, percussionist Anthony McNamee and Musician Con Murphy.
Participating groups included:
Ballyhaunis and claremorris day services, Ballyhaunis, Carrowbeg Artists Collective, Westport, Cran M√≥r Day Centre, Ballinrobe, Down Syndrome , Mayo, Castlebar, Rural Training Centre, Castlebar and Western Care Erris, Belmullet.
Mayo Venues included:
√Āras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet, Custom House Studios, Westport, and the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar.
A wide variety of projects were undertaken and wonderful outcomes included:
Two visual arts exhibitions, a group Ukulele performance, a group drumming performance and a film screening.
For information on all UPSTART projects see:
UPSTART 2018 was launched by Gaynor Seville, Acting Arts Officer with Mayo County Council on Wednesday 11th April at the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar.
The deadline for applications to this year‚Äôs UPSTART programme is 5 p.m. on Friday 18th May.