Call for Culture Night Events

Leitrim County Council Arts Office welcomes applications from previous Culture Night venues and encourages new participants who might like to become involved for the first time. Culture Night is particularly suited to venues seeking to encourage new audiences and organisations such as choirs, theatre companies or book clubs who could host an evening of novel or exciting activities designed to engage new members. So if you are interested in organising or hosting a Culture Night event we would like to hear from you.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 1st June 2020.



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Creative Ireland Open Call - Applications now being accepted

The Creative Ireland Open Call is a countywide open call to community groups, organisations, venues, artists, writers, performers, archaeologists 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.

Applications must be developed by a community group, venue or organisation in partnership with individuals with professional expertise in any creative or cultural arena such as visual or performing arts, literature, heritage or other culture and creativity area. A group may approach the professional practitioner with a view to developing a project or vise-versa.

If you have an idea for a project or need assistance or further information please contact Alice Dixon, Creative Ireland Project Manager, on or contact Leitrim County Council on 071 96 21694.

The closing date for applications is Monday 16th of February



Leitrim County Council Adopts Arts Plan 2019 - 2022

At their November meeting, the memebers of Leitrim County Council adopted a new Arts Strategy for the continued development of the arts within the county. The strategy extends for the period 2019 - 2022 and sets out the commitment of Leirim County Council towards arts development for that period.



2020 Arts Funding Programmes Launched.

Details, closing dates and application forms for the following funding schemes for activities in 2020 have now been published.

In addition to the ongoing schemes, a new funding programme to support artists wishing to perform or exihibit internationally has been developed with a closing date of 29th March 2020.

SchemeEligibilityClosing Date
Venues Programming SupportArts Venues11th November 2019
Arts Festivals Support SchemeArts festivals2nd December 2019
Individual Artists BursariesIndividual artists11th November 2019
Mentorship ProgrammeIndividual artists29th March 2020
International Performance & Exhibition AwardIndividual artists29th March 2020


Small Sparks

Call for Artists

Leitrim County Council is currently seeking interest from artists interested in taking part in SMALL SPARKS, a 3 week artist-in-residence programme, which this year will be based in three companies in County Leitrim:

Image Skillnet is a unique not for profit, enterprise-led training network, formed to support the hair & beauty sector within the Republic of Ireland.

Leitrim Organic Farmers Cooperative was established in 1998 to develop training and educational opportunities for its members and to develop markets for members produce.

FitKicks Fitness is based in Mohill where they offer a full range of workout and fitness facilities to the community.

Small Sparks is a new project, developed under the Creative Ireland programme for Leitrim businesses of any size to host an artist-in-residence programme for three weeks. Artists can be from any arts discipline, there are no preconditions on what the artist might do and it is not obligatory to have produced anything by the end of the project - though a materials budget is available if required.  The programme is a further development of Spark, which is a 6-month artist-in-residence programme developed by Leitrim County Council’s Arts Office and Local Enterprise Office for companies that are interested in collaborating with artists and promoting creativity within their organisation.

Both Spark and Small Sparks provide artists with the opportunity to undertake work inspired by the company. Quite naturally, this will be clearly influenced by the adopted environment, thus providing a greater interest and involvement in the work from staff and clients/customers. As well as making work, what the artist does may point to new different creative and innovative paths for the company, and serve as a catalyst for new thinking within the copmany.

Artists wishing to apply for Small Sparks should email to declare their interest in the programme before Friday the 13th of September. Interested artists will then be invited to a site visit on the Thursday the 19th of September where they will have the opportunity to meet with management and staff of all three companies allowing for a better understanding of the companies and programme.


Closing Date for expression of interest:Friday 13th September
Site Visit:                                                 Thursday 19th September
Closing Date for receipt of proposals:  Tuesday 1st October
Residency Period:                                   October - December
Artist Fee                                                 €1,500.00
Materials Budget:                                   €500.00





Local Authority Arts Office Research Project Launched

New report highlights the value and impact of local authority arts development

Arts Report

A new report, compiled by Indecon Consulting, outlines the value and impact of local authority arts programmes and advises on what the sector can achieve and the measures required to support further success.

The report, developed as part of the Arts Council funded ‘Invitation to Collaboration’ programme by the arts offices of Fingal, Kildare, Leitrim and Limerick local authorities with Indecon Consulting, was launched this week by Jackie Maguire, Chair of the County and City Management Association (CCMA) and Chief Executive of Meath County Council.

Since the first Arts Office was established in 1985, local authorities have grown to become the most significant network of agents for arts development in Ireland today, with a vast knowledge base and depth of experience and expertise. Working within the local authority structure provides unique opportunities to develop diverse projects and programmes, often in partnership with agencies or groups within the community, which makes the work intensely relevant and rooted into the fabric of a wider perspective of integrated social, cultural and economic development.  However, the diversity of approaches and the interdisciplinary nature of the work often results in the function and scope of the arts office itself being harder to define and obscured as a result.

In commissioning this report, the four local authorities set out to sharpen that focus, not on the work of the arts office as a whole, or the entire local authority or arts sector, but to concentrate on a small number of projects to contribute to a better understanding of what can be achieved and what is required to make that happen. The case studies focus on long-term strategies in areas such as arts and health (Kildare) young people and the arts (Fingal) supporting artists professional development (Leitrim) and enabling international development and perspectives (Limerick). These case studies represent only a fraction of the work carried out in each of the four areas, and each of the 31 local authority arts offices throughout Ireland implement similar exemplars. Exceptional work that impacts locally is also undertaken by other agencies and organizations, many of whom are funded by the local authority and/or The Arts Council.

Sinead O’Reilly, Head of Local Arts at The Art Council, highlighted the value of the 30-year strategic partnership between the Arts Council and local authorities nationwide and how the partnership between the Arts Council and the County and City Management Association has evolved into a ten year commitment called the Framework for Collaboration (2016 – 2025) enabling new approaches for both organisations to work together. She added that the report concurred with that vision and the broad goals of what can be achieved together over the coming years.

The four Arts Officers who commissioned the work, Sheila Deegan, Philip Delamere, Rory O’Byrne and Lucina Russell, welcomed the opportunity to gain a comprehensive insight and learning from each other’s approach and experience, particularly as it relates to the four case study areas, and also to the methodologies developed to mitigate the different challenges that each experience. They thanked Indecon and Prof. John O’Hagan for their commitment and guidance in helping them get to this point, and thanked the Arts Council who co-funded the report.

Among the recommendations in the report is the need for further research to be carried out into the impact of arts development programmes undertaken by local authorities. Since the report was commissioned a number of pilot social impact studies have commenced as part of the Arts Council/LGMA Framework for Collaboration. The report also points to the critical shortage of resources. When starting this project, the first multi-annual Framework Agreements between the Arts Council and individual Local Authorities were being developed. Now, almost all Local Authorities have completed or are in the process of completing these, which all assert shared desired outcomes and a joint intention to incrementally raise investment over the period of the agreements.

The Creative Ireland programme, which is an all-of-Government initiative guided by a vision that every person in Ireland will have the opportunity to realise their full creative potential, has also come to play an increasingly important role at a local level, demonstrating the crucial role of creativity across economic, social and cultural spheres. Key to this has been the direct link between central and local government in the area of arts, culture and creativity, which Creative Ireland has engendered, providing valuable learning to how culture and creativity can be supported and developed by local authorities working with central government.

Launching the report, Jackie Maguire thanked The Arts Council for their continued partnership and support and welcomed the commitment by government as part of Project Ireland 2040 to double spending on arts, culture and heritage over the next seven years. She commended the four local authorities on the report and noted the invaluable arts development work carried out by each local authority and how that work enriches the lives of all our citizens.


Pictured above:

Chair of the CCMA and Meath Chief Executive Jackie Maguire; Chief Executives Peter Carey (Kildare), AnnMarie Farrelly (Fingal), Conn Murray (Limerick City & County) and Lar Power (Leitrim); and Arts Officers Sheila Deegan (Limerick City & County), Philip Delamere (Leitrim), Rory O’Byrne (Fingal) and Lucina Russell (Kildare).


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