Leitrim County Council Arts Office announces 2017 schemes for groups and individuals

Leitrim County Council Arts Office provides financial assistance to individual artists, organisations and festivals to further their development and to help provide for arts activities in the county throughout the year.  The Arts Office with the support of the Arts Council is now accepting applications from organisations for the 2017 Arts Festivals Support Scheme, Artist in the Community Scheme and the Artist in Schools programme and from Individual artists for the Artist in School programme. Closing date for all schemes is Monday February 27th 2017.

The Arts Festivals and Events Support Scheme is open to organisations that develop and present arts events that maintain the highest standards of programming and presentation for audiences in Leitrim. Applicants will be assessed on the quality and ambition of the proposed activities, the benefit to Leitrim audiences and artists, and the feasibility and the completeness of applications in terms of budgetary and project management capacity.


Community Groups are invited to apply for the Artist in the Community Scheme. Four groups will be selected on the basis of wanting to work with an artist, and being able to commit to a project, in terms of the time, space and materials required for a project to be successful. Once the groups are selected, there will be an open national call for suitably experienced artists to work with each group.


Schools for the Artist in Schools Scheme 2017/2018.  We are seeking applications from Leitrim Primary Schools for the Artist in Schools Scheme. Eight schools will be selected on the basis of having a teacher that wants to work with an artist, a class(es) that can commit to the project, and a school that can allocate the time, space and materials required for a project to be successful. Four schools will take part in the programme in 2017 and four in 2018.

Artists for the Artist in Schools Scheme 2017/2018. The Arts Office is also looking for four artists to take part in its Artist in Schools Scheme 2017 and 2018. Artists can be from any arts discipline and must have extensive experience in delivering high quality arts experiences for children and young people and a commitment to working in collaborative contexts.


Closing date for all of the above schemes is Monday 27th February 2017. 

Further information and applications forms on the schemes, and details of other opportunities in 2017 can be found on our website at or contact Christine Kelly on 0719621694, email:


Leitrim Equation DVD now on sale


Following its sell out performances in The Cornmill theatre, Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim, to the RADA theatre in London and the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin, the Leitrim Equation show returned to The Dock in Carrick on Shannon last February where it was filmed over two nights by Johnny Gogan of Bandit Films. The resulting film of this amazing production premiered at Carrick Cineplex on Culture Night, Friday 16th September and it is now available for sale for just €15 from the Leitrim Equation online shop at as well as other local outlets.

The Leitrim Equation film looks to a long tradition of Leitrim music to trace a wider history full of colour, of love and loss, and of leaving and coming back. From the hills of Sí Beag and Sí Mór and the pits of the Arigna mines to the music of Irish communities of London and New York; the show describes how landscape shapes us, and the extent to which place, time and events influence who we are.

Deirdre Cronin described the Leitrim Equation Show in Irish Music Magazine as “A strong narrative arc lit by music.  It’s tight, enthralling, different, and the audience loves it”. The film is the culmination of a residency in Leitrim over two years by Eleanor Shanley, Dave Sheridan, Padraig McGovern and John McCartin who researched and sourced Leitrim music and song, and together with Dónal Lunny they have presented beautiful arrangements of these tunes, some of which have not been played for over 100 years in a cast completed with poet, playwright and broadcaster Vincent Woods and the captivating footwork of Seán Nós dancer Edwina Guckian.