ARCHITECTURE:TOWN HALL ENTRANCE CORRIDOR: Saturday 12 October - Friday 25 October
BENCHMARK is a multifaceted arts and heritage project produced by the Linenhall Arts Centre in which award-winning writer Mike McCormack is working with ten Mayo-based writers and ten visual artists from Engage Art Studios to explore aspects of bench marks and surveying in the context of local heritage.
A bench mark is a simple and elegant crows-foot-shaped mark which is carved into stone walls in our built environment all around the country. They were created during the 1800s to mark the height above sea level at particular locations and were used by ordnance surveyors to map the terrain.
The Linenhall Arts Centre is a fine example of successful adaptive re-use and the project theme resonates with the Linenhall Arts Centre insofar as the 18th century façade of the Linenhall building is home to a beautiful surveying bench mark. Many more of these bench marks survive in Castlebar and in towns all around Mayo, carved into stones on buildings, bridges and other structures of note, while others have disappeared as towns have developed.
The BENCHMARK PRELUDE exhibition will present details on a number of historic structures which retain bench marks in Castlebar. It is presented as part of Architecture at the Edge
Funding from Creative Ireland Mayo for this project is gratefully acknowledged.
VISUAL ART: GALLERY Friday 18 October – Saturday 23 November
An exhibition exploring paper folding. The art of paper folding, generally known as origami, allows us to form a bridge between our 2D and our 3D understanding of the world, with all sorts of applications from space travel to medicine. One fold and we move from the flat surface to the world of objects. Folding can be free form or structured, and the results can be both aesthetically pleasing and intellectually intriguing. This is the Linenhall’s 20th annual visual art exhibition curated with young audiences in mind.
Vanya Lambrecht Ward has worked in the arts over the last two decades, from theatre and television, to visual art and architecture. She has worked with KidsOwn Publishing Partnership for the last 10 years, lectures in theatre design at IT Sligo and is currently Creative Engagement Resident Artist in The Dock. Her practice is centred around our built environment and combines photography, sculpture, painting and all things spatial. Folding is an essential tool in her practice and explorations.
Official Opening on Friday 18 October at 3.00pm. All welcome.
Fold / Unfold is co-commissioned by Linenhall Arts Centre and Riverbank Arts Centre.
VISUAL ART: FOYER Thursday 24 October - Wednesday 20 November
Luisne Art Project is a nationally recognised arts programme for people with disabilities, based in Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo.
Postcards and Other Tidings is an exhibition of new work created in 2018/19. Throughout 2018 Luisne artists collaborated with Scannán Technologies and Ridgepool Training Centre to produce the film Postcards, a shadow play istop motion film about friendship. This can be viewed at the exhibition, along with drawings and paintings made by the Luisne artists in 2019.
Luisne Art Project is supported by Mayo County Council Arts Office and Western Care with administrative support provided by Tacú, Ballinrobe Family Resource Centre. This project has provided participants from Crann Mór Centre with the opportunity of exploring their creative potential. The group has attained a very high level of artistic excellence and this show promises to be an engaging and inspiring experience, not to be missed.
VISUAL ART: GALLERY Friday 6 December – Saturday 11 January
The Mayo Artists Show is back for 2019!
This year the Mayo Artists Show will take place over two venues, with Ballina Arts Centre joining forces with the Linenhall Arts Centre once again.
Open to artists from or living in Mayo over the age of 18, the show presents a cornucopia of work in all manner of media and offers a fascinating snapshot of the breadth of visual arts practice in the county. And with something for all tastes (and prices), this might just be the ideal opportunity to find that elusive and unique Christmas gift.
Official opening on Friday 6 December:
Linenhall Arts Centre @ 6pm; Ballina Arts Centre @ 8pm