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2022 Arts Programme Deadlines and Funding Opportunities

Leitrim County Council Arts Office has published closing dates for a number of programmes that artists and arts organisations can apply for this year. Application forms are currently available for those programmes where live links are provided.

Details and links to all opportunities are below.

ProgrammeEligibilityClosing Date
Leitrim Live Performance Scheme 3Artists and Event OrganisersTBA Jan/Feb
Creative Ireland Open Call - Call 1Community Groups/NGOs/Arts CentresFriday 4th Mar
Arts FestivalsFestival & Event OrganisersFriday 25th Mar
Small Sparks - Call for companiesBusinessesFriday 25th Mar
Cruinniu na nOg projectsYouth & Community or Arts GroupsFriday 25th Mar
Creative Ireland Intern ProgrammeCultural OrganisationsFriday 25th Mar
Artist Mentoring ProgrammeArtistsFriday 25th Apr
Small Sparks - Call for artistsArtistsFriday 25th Apr
Culture night - Call for ApplicationsCommunity Groups/NGOs/Arts CentresFriday 17th Jun
Creative Ireland Open Call - Call 2Community Groups/NGOs/Arts CentresFriday 17th Jun
International DevelopmentArtistsFriday 29th Jul
John McGahern AwardWritersFriday 29th Jul
Individual Artist Bursary ProgrammeArtistsFriday 4th Nov
Platform 31ArtistsTBA 


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Invitation to Tender

Project Manager - Local Live Performance Programming SchemeRound 3

Tenders must be submitted by email only toarts@leitrimcoco.iebefore midnight Sunday 6th February.

In March 2021, the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media announced a €50m suite of COVID-19 measures to support the commercial live performance sector to assist producers, promoters and venues to provide support for people in the industry.  An element of this was an allocation to local authorities to support commercial live performance locally from July to October 2021. A subsequent second round of the scheme supported artists to undertake live events in November and December 2021. The minister recently announced a further third strand of the LLPPS scheme to support employment opportunities for artists, performers and crew to help underpin the recovery of the live performance sector.   The funding can be used to support employment and wellbeing in the commercial arts and culture sectors through the provision of live performances from 1st February to 30th June 2022.

Leitrim County Council is now seeking to engage an experienced project manager, commencing February 2021, for the provision of event programming, production management, general and finance management and promotion services for the Local Live Performance Programme Scheme in Leitrim. The successful tenderer will devise, budget, promote and manage the programme of events and to assess risk and manage health & safety. The programme of indoor and outdoor public performance events will feature regional artists and incorporate multiple genres and may be developed by the tenderer and through an open call, in partnership with other venues, promoters and organisations.

For queries and further information contact Leitrim County Council Arts Office on 071 96 21694, email



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Creative Ireland Open Call 2022 - Round 1

Deadline for applications: Midnight, Friday March 4th, 2022.

A central theme of Creative Ireland is collaboration in order to facilitate an ecosystem of creativity and to nurture the creative imagination through active engagement with the arts and culture. The Creative Ireland Programme defines 'creativity' as the capacity to transcend accepted ideas and norms and by drawing on imagination to create new ideas that bring additional value to human activity. Leitrim County Council is now looking to hear from groups within the community and professional practicioners in any creative or cultural arena that would like to develop a creative project together.

Who can apply?

Any group within the community (or a venue or organisation working with a group) can look to develop a project with professional practitioners in any creative or cultural arena such as visual or performing arts, literature, cultural heritage or any other culture and creativity area. A group may approach the professional practitioner with a view to developing a project or visa-versa. While the application will most often be in the name of the community group, in some cases, such as where the applicant is an arts organisation or agency, it may be more appropriate for that organisation to be the applicant. In all cases, it is vital that the project is a collaboration and that both the voice of the artist and the voice of the community members is evident. We particularly welcome project proposals that involve groups that have had little or no previous involvement in creative projects for whatever reason; and in such cases we will endeavour to give whatever advice and assistance we can to ensure such projects can achieve the best possible experience for everyone involved.

The approach, purpose or subject matter of a project can start from any interest that the applicants share. It can be about the nature of the applicants themselves: being young; being old; being from a particular place. It can be to do with an interest shared by the group and artist for our future; our past; the environment; technology; for how we interact with each other, and how or whether people have the opportunity to express themselves. First time applicants may decide to apply initially to research an idea for a project, rather than commit to a longer, more involved and complex process. In these instances, the Creative Ireland programme can cover the costs of doing that, particularly the costs of professional practitioners to work with groups, who can then go on to develop and submit a further application for a longer project in a subsequent round.

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Call for film trainees

That They May Face the Rising Sun is new film by South Wind Blows Ltd, Cyprus Avenue Films and Harvest Films produced by Philip King and directed by Pat Collins.

Described as a vivid evocation of nature, humanity and life itself, the film is set amongst a 1980s community in rural Ireland. Joe and Kate Ruttledge, having returned from London five years earlier to live by a lake near where he grew up, are now deeply embedded in their small rural community. In scenes of beauty and truth, the drama of a year in their lives and those of the memorable characters that move about them unfolds through action, the rituals of work, religious observances and play. By the film’s close we feel that we have been introduced, with deceptive simplicity, to a complete representation of existence - an enclosed world has been transformed into an Everywhere.

That They May Face the Rising Sun is John McGahern’s last novel, published in 2002, four years before his death. ‘The Guardian’ wrote that McGahern was arguably “the most important Irish novelist since Samuel Beckett” and that his last novel was his “masterpiece”.

As part of the project, the company is looking to recruit the following positions -

-Trainee AD
-Production Trainee
-Camera Trainee
-Art Department Trainee
-Costume Trainee
-Makeup Trainee
-Hair Trainee
-Sound Trainee

Those interested in one or more of these positions should contact Brian Kelly, Creative Heartlands Film Manager at

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Invitation to Tender - Leitrim Creative Ireland Projects Management

Leitrim County Council invites tenders from suitably qualified and experienced individuals to manage Leitrim County Council’s Creative Ireland Open Call and Cruinniú na nÓg programmes.

The Creative Ireland Programme is a five year all-of-Government initiative to place creativity at the centre of public policy. It is guided by a vision that every person in Ireland will have the opportunity to realise their full creative potential. The Creative Ireland Vision for Leitrim is to nurture and foster creative expression in all its diversity; to embrace and welcome new ideas; and to 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.

Leitrim County Council now invites tenders from suitably qualified and experienced individuals to manage the 2022 Creative Ireland Open Call and Cruinniú na nÓg programmes. Applicants should have a thorough knowledge of the creative sector and may have a background in Arts & Culture or Community Development.

Services Required

-Advertising and Promotion
-Facilitation of Project Development
-Management of applications
-Monitoring & Evaluation

This contract is offered on the basis of a fixed-term Contract for Services that will average 15 hours per week from the date of appointment until the 31st December 2022. 

Expressions of Interest must be submitted by email only in Word or PDF format to before 5pm Friday 4th February 2022.  The point of contact for queries and information is the Arts Office of Leitrim County Council. All queries or requests for information to this tender must be via email to

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  • European Union