Ballina Arts Centre

  • The Arts Council has awarded a total of €82,000 to three organisations in Co Mayo.

    The agency responsible for developing the arts will invest a total of €68.4 million euro nationwide over the course of 2018.

    Among the grants allocated in Mayo are €50,000 for Ballina Arts Centre – the 300-seat theatre opened in 2011 and provides rehearsal space, a dance studio and work spaces along with an auditorium for hosting touring productions and a gallery for visual arts exhibitions.

    €17,000 has been allocated for the Westport Chamber Music Festival, which runs an annual Autumn festival featuring Irish and international artists.

    and €15,000 goes to the Achill Heinrich Boll Association, which provides a live-in workspace for artists and writers in 2-week residencies at the Heinrich Boll cottage in Dugort.

    Commenting on the funding, Arts Council Director Orlaith McBride says 2018 will be an excellent year for people in Mayo who enjoy the arts.


  • The very popular Arts Centre in Ballina, located on Barrett Street in the town, is struggling financially and has appealed to both Ballina Municipal District and Mayo County Council to increase its annual funding to the facility.

    The Arts centre also receives 50,000 annually from the Arts Council for its wide range of activities.

     Sean Walsh is the Director of Ballina Arts Centre and he told a meeting of Ballina Municipal district this week that the Centre is “financially unstable” and appealed for additional public monies to ensure the facility’s future.

    Addressing Ballina councillors he also said that at this stage, it is necessary to go back to businesses in the Ballina Municipal area who were very generous when the Centre was established, to seek sponsorship /funding.