Excel 08 - Mayo County Council’s Youth Arts Programme

Mayo County Council’s Excel 08 is a developmental programme of arts events for teenagers and young adults across the county. With a focus on supporting and developing skills of young people with specific arts interests, the programme includes events covering hip -hop workshops, animation workshops, a portfolio preparation talk, a music panel talk and much more.

Following the previous five years’ very successful programmes, Excel 08 will work directly with a number of groups, including Mayo Youth Orchestra, Cantóraí Umhaill, Mayo Youth Theatre and Achill Pipe Bands among others, providing specialist workshops and masterclasses to support the work of these groups. It is hoped the programme will offer challenging opportunities and fun in equal measure.

As well as the direct masterclasses with existing groups, there will be a number of open events. These events are open to anybody between the ages of 13 and 19 and are really popular. The number of participants in each workshop is limited and to get involved you need to call the arts office and book your place to avoid disappointment. The number to call for more information and bookings is 094 902 4444 ext 7560 and 7558, or alternatively you can email: [email protected].

The open events will include:

Performing Poetry

With poet Tony Curtis, November 11 2008, Ballina Arts Centre 10am to 11.15am and Louisburgh Library 2pm to 3.15pm

Cause we all just wanna be rock stars!!!

A Music panel talk for aspiring musicians with Jon Richards (Galway Bay FM ), Steve Reddy (FMC ) and Shane Power (Guggenheim Grotto ), Ballina Arts Centre, Saturday November 15 from 1pm to 3pm.

Hip-Hop Workshops

With Jen Fleenor, Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet, Saturday November 22. Workshop 1: 11pm to 1pm, Workshop 2: 2pm to 4pm

Ceardlanna Hip-Hap

le Jen Fleenor, áras Inis Gluaire, Béal an Mhuirthead, Dé Satharn 22ú Samhain, Ceardlann 1: 11am to 1pm in, Ceardlann 2: 2pm to 4pm.

Animation Lunchbox Workshops

With Galway Film Centre, Aras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet, Saturday November 22.Workshop 1: 11pm to 1pm, Workshop 2: 2pm to 4pm.

Ceardlanna Animation Lunchbox

le Galway Film Centre, Áras Inis Gluaire, Béal an Mhuirthead, Dé Satharn 22ú Samhain, Ceardlann 1: 11am to 1pm. , Ceardlann 2: 2pm to 4pm.

Portfolio Preparation Talk

An expert panel will provide information on portfolio preparation for young people wishing to go to art college. This will be an interactive talk with opportunities to ask questions to the panel. With Joe Wilson (NCAD ), Alice Lyons (GMIT ) and Terry Leahy (LSAD ), Mayo Education Centre, Castlebar, Thursday November 27, two sessions 9.30am and 11.30am.

Making Temporary Public Sculptures

With artist Chris Leach in Ballyhaunis. Two half days over a weekend in November, dates TBc. For a programme of events and further information please contact the Arts Office, telephone: 094 902 4444, ext 7560 and 7558, email: [email protected].


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