Located in the market town of Manorhamilton, North County Leitrim, the Leitrim Sculpture Centre is a major resource for the advancement of skills and knowledge in traditional, contemporary and experimental visual arts.

LSC supports the material practices of artists and furthers creative engagement with the wider contexts of place and community.


ARTIST: Sophie Foster

OPENING: Friday 29th November 5pm-8pm

Exhibition Statement
is an area of artistic research into the complexities of borders. Viewing from the map, the Irish border near to where Manorhamilton is situated is more or less invisible, interweaving unconventionally through farmland and homes causing numerous unofficial crossing points that are difficult to concretise. During the course of the residency, artist Sophie Foster visited sections of the north side of the Irish border between Belcoo and Belleek, collecting physical associations of its landscape such as water, stones, sticks and vegetation. These items have been precisely catagorised through the GPS code of where they were found and organised within the exhibition space as a pop up exchange centre. They will be available to be traded with other natural items brought in by the audience members from the Irish Republic side of the border. By asking people to choose and reposition objects from bordering locations, the natural and artificial functions of the border have been reinforced, drawing attention to the socio-geographical contradictions of the current European political debate -  the dividing line reflects on both sides an area of displacement and turbulent history as well as what is now an open border and freedom to cross.

The artists will be available to manage the exchange of goods in the gallery, meet the public and continue the project between 1pm – 4pm weekdays and 11am-4pm on Saturdays.

After completing a Combined Honours degree at Newcastle University UK, Sophie Foster remained in the city working as a contemporary artist and arts educator within the lifelong learning sector. She accomplished her first solo exhibition Transitions: At a Snail’s Pace (2012) with the National Glass Centre in Sunderland and later awarded a residency at Northumbria University, working in their paper studio. She is now based in Weimar, DE after recently completing an MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar under Prof. Danica Dakić. From there, her work has made a shift into photographic reconstruction, site-specific performance and temporary interventions about narrative, identity, memory and place.

Exhibition continues December 14th.
Gallery Opening Times are Tuesday – Saturday 11am - 4pm

Thursday to Saturday - Doors open at front of house. Tuesday and Wednesday - Go first to central reception at the side of the building.


Artists in Residence 2020
Leitrim Sculpture Centre

Open Call for Applications for 2020

Exhibition Residencies
Leitrim Sculpture Centre is offering five Exhibition Residencies to visual artist during 2020. Each residency takes place at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre and includes an artist’s bursary of €2,500. The residency comes with a one-person exhibition at the end of the residency period. In addition to the bursary, residential accommodation, a private studio with wifi and access to all facilities at the Centre, is provided. Period of residency is for 8 weeks.

Notification: 12th December 2019.            


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


The Workshop Programme 2019 is now available at Workshop Programme 2019

Workshops are finished for 2019

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.