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Mayo County Council

Mission / Aims

The principles of access and participation are central to the ethos of Mayo County Council Arts Office, as reflected in the annual arts programme which offers people of all ages and abilities opportunities to explore their creativity.

Mayo County Council Arts Office has a long history of working in health contexts.  The local authority has had an arts officer since 1989 and through a number of innovative projects initiated by the office, the work in health care contexts in Mayo has developed considerably and forms the basis for best practice in the area.

Areas of activities

Mayo Arts Service supported Deirdre Walsh’s residency at Sacred Heart Hospital, Castlebar which began in 1999.  The work resulted in many successful exhibitions and led to the publication Creative Reverie- Meeting the person as an artist which documents closely the challenges and learning emanating from the experiences of the artist.

Mayo County Council’s Artists’ Mentoring & Networking Scheme was a progression from the work which began with older people in care settings during Deirdre Walsh’s residency.  Iinitiated by Mayo County Council in partnership with Age & Opportunity and supported by the Arts Council and the Health Service Executive West, the mentoring programme provided supported opportunities for artists to experience working with older people in healthcare settings. It also provided a network for these artists to share ideas, experiences and learning.

The work carried out during the project was presented in the publication and CD, Between Colours.

Bealtaine is the annual nationwide festival celebrating creativity as we age. Mayo County Council runs an extensive, county wide, interactive programme, with up to 800 older people participating in workshops and events.  All art forms are covered: dance, drama, storytelling, creative writing and music.

Mayo Arts Office provides financial support for the arts materials required to run the arts programme in St. Colman’s CNU (Achill), Sacred Heart Hospital (Castlebar) and St. Augustine’s CNU (Ballina).

The Mayo Artsquad Music Group provide people in long stay and acute Mental Health Service setting with an opportunity to participate and enjoy music as a means of personal and creative expression, social interaction and reminiscence.  Mayo County Council and FÁS fund Mayo Artsquad with in kind support from the HSE.


Drama, Film, Literature, Multidisciplinary, Music, Theatre, Visual Art


Anne McCarthy
Arts Officer


Arts Office,
Mayo County Council,
Áras an Chontae,


094 9024444



Web Address


Dublin North East

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