The Leitrim Sculpture Centre
Founded in 1997 the Leitrim Sculpture Centre is an artist-led, non-profit organization and charity annually funded by the Arts Council.
Situated in Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim in the North West of Ireland, the Leitrim Sculpture Centre provides extensive technical resources and facilities dedicated to creative arts practice.
acquisition of skills and knowledge in developing the artists vision.
• Support creativity, innovation and excellence in the productions and practices of contemporary visual arts.
• Advance the skills and knowledge of traditional and contemporary art making and the professional formation of artists.
• Increase public access and participation in the arts.
• Develop the creative and critical engagement of art with wider social and environmental contexts.
Leitrim Sculpture Centre is offering a series of Professional Development Residencies (PDR’s) for artists based in Ireland and Internationally. The aim of the programme is to provide artists with the technical resources for practical research towards the development of new work and to support creative development through experimental methods and engagement across different material processes.
Studio Rental Programme:
Leitrim Sculpture Centre also offer two studios to let for professional artists. The studios are 10 and 11 sq.mt in size and form part of a complex of 18 studios that have favourable access to the Centre’s extensive open planned technical areas and equipment across two premises. The studios are located in an attractive Georgian premises on Main. St. in the centre of town and are ideal for painters, printmakers, digital media creators, artist/designers etc. and all those working in 2D or light construction media.
Studio rents are €110.00 per calendar month paid in advance by standing order and licenses last for up to one year after which time artists may be renewed. Access to the Studios is from 6am to 10pm and rent includes: heating, utilities, broadband, canteen and 50% discount on rates for all the main technical facilities at the Centre.
Artists interested in applying should email a request for an application form to [email protected] or Tel: 071 98 55098
PDR’s are new in the sense that, unlike the Residency in Context strand, they support the creative practice of the artist without the need for them to produce an exhibition, or specific outcome, at the end or during the period.
Within its two buildings LSC supports 16 private studios, 3 residency studios and a superb gallery. The Archive and Research Centre provides technical information on all the processes undertaken at the Centre as well as links to artists groups, social and environmental projects along with useful information on local resources, history and landscape.
The Centre works alongside local providers such as the Organic Centre, and has access to a variety of accommodation within a diverse rural environment. These include:
- McKenna’s in town on Main St is an artist’s residence and guesthouse. Cost: €20 per night. Contact [email protected] or call 087 203 7291
- Bluebell House is a Bed & Breakfast, boasts of stunning views of Benbo Mountain and O'Donnell's Rock, is only a five-minute walk (1 minute in the car) from the town centre. Cost: from €50. Contact: 00353 71 9855384
- Cill Chiaráin is a Bed and Breakfast situated in town. Contact 071 985 6135 or 086 194 5571
Leitrim Sculpture Centre provides a wide range of open-planned production spaces each dedicated to Stone, Metal Casting and Fabrication, Foundry, Hot Glass, Ceramics, Woodwork, Digital Media, Traditional Print (etching and silkscreen) and Mouldmaking.
Artists may also opt to join their many technical workshops in the area of your choosing both to learn new skills and meet other artists working in the field.
The market town of Manorhamilton lies at the hub of five glacial valleys whose dramatic and wild landscapes have historically inspired artists and poets to come and live here. The area attracts tourists seeking active eco-experiences amongst the numerous mountains, forests, rivers and lakes as well as visitors who wish to participate in the artistic, musical and cultural diversity of the region
The Atlantic coast is only 20 min drive where spectacular views of the dramatic Slieve League Cliffs (one of the highest in Europe) and the mythological Benbulben range near Sligo town are complimented by the fine seafood restaurants, numerous pubs and healthy lifestyle.