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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.

Groups with little or no previous involvement in creative projects are particularly encouraged to take part and to this end we work closely with the Leitrim Public Participation Network to involve groups that heretofore would have had little experience in creative activities. While this has given rise to a great many groups engaging in creative projects for the first time, it has also given rise to a significant increase in opportunities for artists and others in the culture and creativity sector to facilitate such projects.

However, 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. 

Each weekend consists of an introductory workshop, four half-day sessions and a final panel discussion. All facilitators attend all sessions so the final plenary can be more constructive, taking on board the emerging topics from all sessions. 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 below indicating a bit about your background and which weekend(s) you wish to attend and return it to Christine Kelly, Leitrim Arts Office. Email Tel: 071 96 21694.

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



Closing date for receipt of Expression of Interest Forms is Monday 17th December 2018.

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. For further information contact Christine Kelly, Leitrim Arts Office. Email Tel: 071 96 21694


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Cruinniú na nÓg celebrating creativity in young people

Thanks to everyone who orgnasied events for Leitrim's first Cruinniú na nÓg, and to all the children and young people and their parents who came out on the day. Creative Ireland had their cameras with them and stopped by Manorhamlton and Effernagh and made this fabulous film clip. Take a look!

Next year we'll be looking to support more groups that want to organise events and activities for children and young people for Cruinniú na nÓg 2019. If you want to be kept informed make sure and join the arts office mailing list. The link is in the menu on the left.



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Leitrim County Council publishes Culture & Creativity Strategy 2018 - 2022

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