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Creative Ireland Collaborative Practice Workshop Programme

Fri 25th & Sat 26th Jan, and Fri 1st & Sat 2nd March 2019

The central focus of the Creative Ireland programme in Leitrim is a countywide open call to community groups, venues, artists and everyone involved in the culture and creative sectors to develop high quality projects and programmes that enable groups and individuals to realise their creative potential and develop and encourage greater access, knowledge and appreciation of the arts, culture and creativity. While there are many professionals in the region with extensive expertise in different creative practices – there are many that haven’t had the opportunity to develop an expertise in working collaboratively with groups, successfully developing and managing creative projects with them. With these practitioners in mind, we have also developed a programme over two weekends with some of the most experienced practitioners in this field. 

Weekend 1 - Fri 25th and Sat 26th Jan 2019 - The Dock, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim.
Facillitators: Marie Brett, John Scott, Michael McLoughin, Siobhan Clancy. Chair - Aideen Barry.

Weekend 2 - Fri 1st and Sat 2nd March 2019. - Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim.
Facillitators: Aideen Barry, Kate Wilson, Deirdre O'Mahony and Mark Storor. Chair - Marie Brett

Each weekend is limited to 15 participants. There is no fee for the weekends but if you are interested in taking part, please complete the Expression of Interest Form which can be found through the link below. Closing date for receipt of completed Expression of Interest Forms is Monday 17th December. In the event that the programme is oversubscribed, preference will be given to artists from the region from a variety of artforms most likely to be working with groups in the future through the programme.




Individual Artist Bursay Programme - Applications now open

The Individual Artists Bursary programme is designed to support the development of Leitrim based professional artists from any arts discipline through any means that will demonstratively contribute to an artist’s development such as -

  • Costs relating to the production of new work - development of new work for exhibition, publication or presentation; purchase of equipment or consumables.
  • Costs relating to improving your knowledge - research or short-term courses; participation in conventional part-time or full-time education where other sources of public funding are unavailable.
  • Costs relating to improving your capacity – such as website development, documentation etc.
  • Other- or any purpose other htan mentoring that contributes to the removal of existing barriers to an artist’s development.

The value of the awards rises to a maximum of €2,000.  While there is no fixed number of awards, there is generally a larger number of lesser value bursaries and a small number of maximum value ones. The quantity and value of bursaries will depend on available resources, number of applicants and the quality of applications. 

The closing date fore receipt of completed applications is 12 noon, Monday 19th November, 2018.



Bright Sparks – A Leitrim Youth Theatre Carrigallen Drama Project

If you’re aged between 14 and 18 with an interest in theatre and drama and struggling to cope in your school environment, an early school leaver, unique special abilities, or feeling you don’t fit in to other activities, Bright Sparks might be for you.

This unique project aims to provide quality theatre skills delivered at a slow pace, in a small group, inviting the participants to explore their own unique talents, find their own voice, discover new ways of expressing themselves, and engage in a fun creative way where these skills gained, can be translated to stage, or to the bigger stage of life.

This project is part funded by Leitrim County Council, The Arts Council and the HSE.

There are currently a limited number of places available. For further information and enrolment details please contact Maura at 087 903643.



Leitrim, Sligo and Roscommon County Councils announce recipients of two new film awards.

As part of a new partnership Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon County Councils have come together with filmmakers from the three counties with a view to enabling the film sector here to grow and develop.​ Each of the three local authorities involved in this project recognise the value of film as an artform and the contribution that film can make to the region - socially, culturally and economically. In adopting a regional approach, we recognise that we can achieve a lot more by harnessing the capacity, resources and energy of agencies and practitioners of all three counties.

As part of that, for 2018, we have introduced two new bursary programmes for filmmakers based in Sligo, Leitrim or Roscommon - A Film Collaboration Bursary for collaboration between a writer and filmmaker and a Film Completion Award for film projects already underway.



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Culture & Creativity Strategy 2018 - 2022 launched

At its last meeting, the members of Leitrim County Council adopted the council's first Culture & Creativity Strategy. The vision of Creative Ireland is that every person in Ireland will have the opportunity to fully realise his or her creative potential. The Creative Ireland Vision for Leitrim is to nurture and foster creative expression in all its diversity; embrace and welcome new ideas; and create the conditions to help turn those ideas into reality and embed creativity into all aspects of the social, economic and cultural life of Leitrim. The new strategy sets out the priorities to achieve that objective in a comprehensive plan and as well as achieving that under the Creative Ireland programme, a central purpose of the strategy is to act as guidance and a key influencer in the development of all cultural policies and corporate planning developed during the tenure of the Creative Ireland programme.



  • Ireland Structural and Investment Funds
  • EU European Regional Development Fund