An exhibition of artwork from the Mayo County Council Collection at the Westport Townhall as part of the Westival 2020, Westport Music and Arts Festival.
Mayo Arts Service is delighted to work in collaboration with Westival and the Westport Townhall to showcase artworks from the collection as part of this year’s festival. The Mayo County Council collection includes artwork in a wide range of media by artists from or living in Mayo, or those who have exhibited in the county. The artworks collected over the years represent artists at varying stages of their careers. Art works are displayed on a permanent basis in publicly accessible venues and in county council buildings around the county. There is also a Schools Exhibition programme. Parts of the collection are available for temporary exhibition and these artworks were viewed by the selection committee to curate this exhibition.
Westival invited two local professional artists and two local citizens to work together to select the artworks for this exhibition. The artists: Breda Burns and Hettie Lawlor curated the exhibition with the assistance of Mary Duffy; a staff member of West Mayo Municipal District and Maureen Halpin, a Westport native with a keen interest in art. This new approach of a team of professional artists and locals as part of a selection committee was an awarding experience for all. Mary and Maureen took on the new challenge of being part of a selection committee guided by Breda and Hettie. Aoife O'Toole, A/Public Art Coordinator facilitated the committee's visit to view the collection in these unusual times of social distancing and Covid 19 restrictions. They discussed the curatorial process and considered how the artworks they selected would work together. It was a smooth process with all members of the committee being drawn to similar artworks.