Painting & Photography

The Custom House Studios 

The Custom House Studios were established at the Quay in Westport through a partnership involving the Artists Group in Westport, Westport Town Council, Mayo County Council, the Department of Arts, and the whole Westport community. The aims of the project are:

  • To provide studio space for artists.
  • To provide exhibition space for artists.
  • To provide access to the local community and visitors to high quality arts events.
  • To assist in the development of careers within the visual arts.
  • To facilitate contact between artists in the Mayo area.
  • To link the work of artists with the local community.
  • To provide young artists with facilities to work in the County. 

The studios originated back in the 1980s among locally based artists who recognised the need for a base or centre for the Arts - for studio space and an exhibition space. Mayo County Council and Westport Town Council became involved - by making available the old Custom House at the Quay as a site for the project. The building has been carefully restored to conserve its historical architectural features, housing seven studios, a printmaking workshop and a gallery space. The Custom House Studios ensures artists and the work artists do are integrated into the local community and are given real tangible supports to continue and develop their work. This has the potential to provide an added cultural benefit for the local community, as well as contributing to an enriched mix of tourism products for the town, while at the same time providing valuable high quality public relations opportunities all of which can only further increase the reputation of the town, both as an excellent tourist and business destination and a good place to live in.

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Wild Atlantic Photography

Wild Atlantic Photography Tours offer high quality, hand-picked themed photography tours based from the award-winning historical town of Westport (Voted the best place to live in Ireland 2012) at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way, the longest defined coastal drive in the world.

With rugged and diverse natural features and some of the best photographic light in the world, make Wild Atlantic Photography Tours your choice for the experiential activity holiday!

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Dánlann Yawl Art Gallery 

Enjoy a Painting & Drawing Workshops or Private Art Classes at Ó Dálaigh School of Painting, Achill, Co. Mayo.

Dánlann Yawl Art Gallery and School of Painting is set between Mulranny and Achill Island (Ireland's largest offshore island) on the Corraun Peninsula. The tranquillity combined with stunning scenery provides the ideal backdrop to our 700sq ft. fully equipped artist studio. It offers the ideal workspace for painters to explore their creativity during one of our 2 day/5 day workshops, or in a private art class tailored to your unique drawing and painting requirements.

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Padraig McCaul Painting Workshops

Workshops are aimed at painting enthusiasts who have painted a little and would like to explore some new ways of approaching their painting. Beginners are also welcome and can find great encouragement and help from fellow participants. The workshops are based at Ted Lavelle's, Cashel, Achill (on the main Achill Sound to Keel road)

If you have any queries please call Padraig at 086 8801733 or email