Artist in the Community Scheme Leitrim – Call for Artists

Closing Date: Wednesday 29th June

Leitrim County Council is looking for artists that are interested in working with one of four Community Groups taking part in the 2016 Artist in the Community Scheme.

The Artist in the Community Scheme provides the opportunity for an artist to work with a community group in Leitrim on a specially designed project lasting 55 hours over the course of a number of months between July and December. The scheme is built on the idea of partnership. The artist and group work together to develop a lasting, memorable and enriching project for everyone involved. This is a unique opportunity for an artist and community group to actively engage in an innovative project where the knowledge, skills and expertise of both the artist and the group are combined to get the maximum benefit from the programme.

The four groups taking part this year are -
McDermott Terrace Residents Association (Manorhamilton);
Mohill Photography Group;
Men’s Shed Project (Ballinamore); and
Carrick on Shannon International Group.



NEW - Call for Artists - Spark Residency Programme

Leitrim County Council Arts Office seeks interest from artists who wish to participate in the 2016 SPARK artists’ residency programme at Prior PLM Medical in Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

As part of the Spark Programme, Leitrim County Council Arts Office and Local Enterprise Office together with Prior PLM Medical is looking for an artist to work with the management and staff at Priors. SPARK is a partnership project of the Arts Office and the Local Enterprise Office aimed at artists who are interested in working in new environments and companies who are interested in collaborating with artists and promoting creativity within their organisations.

This year’s residency at Priors presents a particularly exciting opportunity for artists that have an interest in Arts & Health and/or in high tech engineering. Priors was established in the 80s designing and making tooling for different manufacturing companies. It now specialises in medical devises working with client companies from product concept and design through manufacture of tooling, quality control, and ongoing monitoring and maintenance of the manufacturing process throughout. Because the company seeks to anticipate the requirements of the sector, it is particularly attuned to how these products affect how people feel about their illnesses and how perception is influenced by design and aesthetic.

The closing date for expression of interest is 5pm, Tuesday 17th May, 2016 and simply email to do so. A site visit will follow at 11am on Friday 20th May in Carrick on Shannon.



John McGahern Award for Irish writers

As part of the Iron Mountain Literature Festival, Leitrim County Council and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre have developed the John McGahern Award to encourage the development of emerging Irish writers and to pay tribute to the exceptional contribution of John McGahern to literature, and to Leitrim.

The recipient of the Award will receive a two-week fully resourced residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and a stipend of €500.

Arising from the John McGahern seminar which ran from 2007 for eight years, the Iron Mountain Literature Festival was established this year, reframed in a wider context involving writers, artists and thinkers from many perspectives. In particular the festival combines panels, talks, readings and field trips which look to ideas central to and arising from an exploration of place, home and identity.

John McGahern is one of Ireland’s most respected and celebrated authors. His fiction is critically acclaimed internationally, has been translated into many languages and has appeared in many anthologies. He was a member of Aosdána and won numerous awards, including the Irish-American Foundation Award, the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, and the Prix Etranger Ecureuil. He taught at universities in Ireland, England, the USA and Canada. Amongst Women, which won both the GPA and Irish Times Award, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and made into a BBC television series.