Creative post-Covid project launched in Ballina

Going Out

OPENING LINES Pictured at the launch of ‘Navigating a Future’ at Ballina Art Centre are, from left: artist Breda Mayock artist, artist Breda Burns, artist, Cllr Mark Duffy (Leas Cathaoirleach, Ballina MD), artist Catherine Donnelly, artist and Mayo County Council's Acting Public Art Coordinator, Aoife O’Toole. Pic: Alison Laredo

Mayo artists respond to the pandemic and look the the future

Friday, May 20, saw the launch of Navigating a Future at Ballina Art Centre, where an exhibition of thought-provoking work by artists involved is continuing to run to the end of this month. The evening was a celebration of the work produced by commissioned artists and included a showcase of the artworks, a live panel discussion and the launch of a digital publication.
The event was officially launched by Cllr Mark Duffy, Leas Cathaoirleach, Ballina MD, who congratulated the commissioned artists and Mayo Arts Service, Mayo County Council for their work on the project.
In November 2020, Mayo County Council commissioned four artists for a public art commission entitled ‘Navigating a Future’. The commissioned artists were Breda Burns, audio/visual artist; Catherine Donnelly, dance artist; Breda Mayock, musician and visual artist and Áine O’Hara, visual artist and theatre maker. Key to the thinking behind this commission was the desire to give artists living in the county an opportunity to respond to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and to consider our lives going forward.
There was a screening of the artworks by the artists Breda Burns, Catherine Donnelly and Breda Mayock. Burns focused on the artists experience through her artists interviews. Her audio-visual work ‘Artists’ Voices’ to be continued combines these interviews with footage from a swimming pool and lighthouse.
Catherine Donnelly’s movement and dance artwork provided an opportunity for her to explore her relationship with music through the film ‘Going Under’, which explores letting go of what cannot be controlled. Breda Mayock’s commission resulted in ‘Waves’, a four track EP and Through, a music video. Both inspired by landscape close to her home and the experience of lockdown.
The panel discussion with the artists was led by Sarah Searson, curator, who was commissioned to conduct the interview and edit a digital publication for the project. The resulting publication is available on, while an exhibition of the artwork shown of the night will run upstairs at Ballina Art Centre until June 25.

For more information on Navigating a Future, and to view the artists’ project, visit