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ARTS Mayo artist? God help us


Claremorris Gallery is seeking submissions from artists from or living in the county for an open exhibition entitled ‘Mayo God Help Us!’ to be held at the gallery during November. Artists who have spent time working in the county are also invited to submit new and/or existing works.
Co-curated and programmed by Rosemarie Noone, director of Claremorris Gallery, and Gaynor Seville, Public Art Co-ordinator with Mayo County Council Arts Office, the show will be selected by Patrick Murphy, Director of the RHA, and Catherine Marshall, former Head of Collections at IMMA.  
The phrase ‘Mayo God help us’ is often bandied about in repartee amongst jovial expats. While it is now a bit tongue-in-cheek, the origins of this phrase are grave. The meaning most ingrained in the county’s psyche references Mayo’s bleak past, as the use of the phrase arose in times of dire poverty centuries ago.
This exhibition seeks to explore the aspects of the Mayo psyche which are unique; and to probe at the history and culture of a county which down through the centuries has lost more people to immigration than any other.
The organisers are interested in varied contemporary interpretations of Mayo’s history, as well as in re-imagining the less-explored or darker underside of the county’s history and folklore. There is no submission fee, and the works will be selected by the curators and selectors according to their suitability and fit with other selected works and space constraints.

The deadline for submissions is September 18. For more information, visit or contact Claremorris Gallery, Mount Street, Claremorris at