SPARK - Call for Artists


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Leitrim County Council Arts Office seeks interest from artists who wish to participate in SPARK, an artists’ residency programme 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.

As part of Spark, artists take on the dual roles of artist and creative collaborator spending an average of two days per week with a company over the course of six months developing a programme of work which contains distinct benefits for both the artist and the company. These strands may remain separate or merge into one programme or line of enquiry which serves both the needs of the artist and the needs of the company.

The two companies selected to participate in the 2014 Spark programme are The Hive, and Leitrim Observer, both in Carrick on Shannon.

Artists wishing to apply should contact Christine at Leitrim County Council Arts Office at to declare their interest in the programme, and if it is their intention to attend the SPARK site visit.


Closing Date for expression of interest:   5pm, Friday 11th April

Site Visit:   11am, Thursday 17th April from The Dock, Carrick on Shannon.

Closing Date for receipt of proposals:   5pm, Friday 16th May.

Artists Selected by:   Friday 23rd May.

Residency Dates:   June 2014 to November 2014. (Average two days/week – 45 days in total)


Artist Fee:   €7,000.00 (€300.00/two-day week approx. inclusive of all costs inc travel, accommodation etc.)

Materials Budget:   An initial budget of €1,000.00 is provided by Leitrim County Council based on receipted expenses. Should the requirement arise for additional project funding which has the support of the company, Leitrim County Council will provide a further maximum amount of €2,000.00 on a matched funding basis with the company, bringing the potential materials budget to a total of €5,000.00.



Please download the SPARK Detailed Information Sheet HERE


For more information about Spark, contact Christine Kelly, Leitrim County Council Arts Office at or telephone +353 71 96 21694.


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