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Since 2010, Mayo County Council’s arts office has actively encouraged artists, groups of people with disabilities, venues and arts organisations to come together and collaborate in the development of quality arts projects. People with disabilities, from children to older adults, have participated in projects encompassing a wide range of art-forms including painting, print-making, stained glass, sculpture, bronze casting, poetry, book binding, dance, music, drama and film making. Arts venues throughout the county have established long term relationships with local artists and groups of people with disabilities and have also played their part in the development of the UPSTART initiative. These include:

 

 

Artistic quality is at the centre of UPSTART and there are a growing number of artists/facilitators throughout the county gaining valuable experience of working in the area of Arts and Disability through regular engagement with groups of people with disabilities.

Four images ordered and hanging on a wall. My clinical life by Katie Moore “My clinical life” by Katie Moore

In 1992, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed 3rd December as International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which brings together individuals, businesses, community organisations and governments from every corner of the world to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions, skills and achievements of people with disabilities.

Mayo County Council’s Arts Office has made a considerable commitment to the development and the furtherance of the Arts and Disability agenda throughout the county. The Arts Office has developed excellent working relationships with and supported a number of local arts initiatives with groups of Artists with disabilities such as the Luisne Art Group, a visual arts initiative based in Ballinrobe, and the Scannán Technologies group, a group of film makers based in Ballina.

Microphones and Backdrops, an artistic reinterpretation.

Since 2010, through the UPSTART initiative, Mayo County Council’s arts office has actively encouraged more artists, groups of people with disabilities, venues and arts organisations to come together and collaborate in the development of quality arts projects. People with disabilities, from children to older adults, have participated on UPSTART projects encompassing a wide range of art-forms. Arts and other support organisations throughout the county have established long term relationships with local artists and groups of people with disabilities and have also played their part in the development of the UPSTART initiative. Artistic quality is at the centre of UPSTART and there are a growing number of artists/facilitators throughout the county gaining valuable experience of working in the area of Arts and Disability through regular engagement with groups of people with disabilities.

 

This year, six projects have been supported through the initiative along with 11 more artists/facilitators employed. Participatory opportunities will be provided for 71 participants on 58 workshops leading to four more performances/exhibitions to an estimated 291 audience members.

Upstart at carrowbeg in 2013. Two me are casting next to a furnace whil a small crowd of on lookers, stand in the door way behind them. Tim Morris’s foundry – how bronze is cast