WELCOME TO THE LEITRIM SCULPTURE CENTRE

MISSION

Leitrim Sculpture Centre is a national resource for advancing the creative practice and knowledge of visual art making and its collaborative engagement with the ecologies of landscape, place and the rural.

Functioning as a testing-ground for creativity and innovation LSC encourages experimentation in the material production and display of compelling and challenging new work whilst facilitating the creative and professional advancement of the artist and art-form alongside increased public engagement in the arts.

 

Upcoming Exhibition: Hyphen-Nations
Residency Artist:
Mary Theresa Keown
Opening: Friday 26th November 2021, 5-8pm

Gallery opening times - 11am-4pm Wednesday to Saturday.
E
xhibition continues until 16th December.

 

Mary T. Keown, Screen-time, oil on canvas, 121x78cm (framed), 2021.

 

Artists Statement
In Keown’s more recent painting and video works the artist uses humor and negation and a practice she calls ‘shape-fussing’ as a way of opening up readings of the fractured self she refers to as the ‘hyphenated subject’ or ‘borderlander.’ The hyphen conjoins Keown’s paintings to her expanded practice which explores the possibility of crossover from the tradition of painting (touch, mirror) to video (digital surface) and back. She also maps the hyphen to critical feminist reading of painting’s modernist discourses, where border figures are explored through cultural paradoxes, affective adjustments and improvisation within her own painting strategies.

For her exhibition at Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Keown examines life along the border including various representations of a divided subject in a divided state. The themes of smuggling and surveillance, for example, explore insights into the visibility and invisibility of the feminine subject in this particular site of contestation. Speaking as a 'nomadic subject', her relation to this border as a nomad who crosses it every-day and being partly of both places incurs a double role that is negotiated as an ‘ever-emergent space between two distinct yet linked terms’.(1)

Biography
Born in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, N. Ireland in 1974, Keown now lives and works in Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim. She graduated with first class honours B.A. in Fine Art 1997. She has exhibited her work throughout Ireland, and internationally. Her international shows include Tokyo, Japan; Bilbao, Spain. She has won many awards including the Ireland Fund of Great Britain- Artist of the Year Award in 2001 and her work is housed in many public and private collections. Keown has recently completed a PhD at the University of Ulster with a thesis entitled Hyphenation as a Critical Tool for Contemporary Irish Painting.

 

Physical distancing and COVID-19 protocols will be observed and gallery numbers will be restricted. Thank you for your co-operation.

Proud to be supported by the Arts Council and Leitrim County Council.


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Landscape, Ecology & Environment (LEER)
Research Residencies

Open call:

Leitrim Sculpture Centre is awarding up to four Research & Development Residencies to artists during 2021/22. This residency programme provides artists working in the field of contemporary visual arts, with the space, time and support for the research and development of new engagements with landscape, ecology and/or environmental contexts and themes.

Specifically, the programme supports artists wishing to explore new thinking, artistic practices and/or material transformations current within rural, landscape and/or environmental contexts, discourses and settings. It is envisaged that artists will use this work to develop new approaches and methods within their own practice, potentially informing new directions for them and the Centre.

Residency Supports
Successful applicants will each receive a research fee of €2,500 and an additional €1000 for the presentation of short research portfolio and Group Exhibition at the end of the project in the Summer of 2022. Research may take place at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre and in other locations in Ireland of the artists choosing. Research time will involve approximately 20 days work over the course of 6-8  months and successful applicants will receive detailed guidelines as to the form and scope of research material required.

Deadline for Submission:   Tuesday 2nd November 2021
Notification by   Monday 18th November 2021

For further information on how to apply download the LEER Residency Guidelines here.

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Artists Technical Support Registration
Leitrim Sculpture Centre

Open Call:

Leitrim Sculpture Centre are seeking applications from artists wishing to register as Artists’ Technical Support advisors and/or mentors at its Centre in Manorhamilton Co. Leitrim.

Registered artists may be approached in the future to provide technical support services at the centre and this will be determined by the creative requirements of artists using the Centre on an ongoing basis.

In addition artists may also register to deliver workshop courses at either beginners/intermediary or masterclass/advanced levels. These will also be put forward for selection to the Workshop Programmes developed by the Centre in the future.

Deadline for submission:  Wednesday 20th October 2021
Notification of successful registration:    Monday 15th  November 2021

For more information with guidelines and to access the application form please see:

http://www.leitrimsculpturecentre/programme/workshops.html

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Artists Exhibition Residencies 2022
Leitrim Sculpture Centre

Open Call for Applications for 2022

Leitrim Sculpture Centre in association with Leitrim County Council is offering five Exhibition Residencies to visual artist during 2022. Each residency takes place at the Sculpture Centre and includes an artist’s fee of €3,000. The residency comes with a one-person exhibition at the end of the residency period and includes accommodation in a private studio-apartment with broadband; access to all facilities at the centre along with technical and curatorial support. The period of residency is for min 6 to a max of 8 weeks.

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 28th September 2021 
Delayed Notification by:   Tuesday 16th November 2021

For more information and guidelines on how to apply please see:

http://www.leitrimsculpturecentre.ie/programme/residencies.html

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The Leitrim Sculpture Centre is proud to be funded by the Arts Council, Leitrim County Council, Creative Ireland and the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht.

 

 

All workshops are postponed until further notice.

To register an interest in specific workshops, email info@leitrimsculpturecentre.ie

For more information- see the Workhop Resource Manual

We have rooms in self catering accommodation to rent at €25 per night for workshop participants.