WELCOME TO THE LEITRIM SCULPTURE CENTRE

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.

Leitirm Sculpture Centre Workshops Now Available

FEBRUARY
Sat 23 and Sun 24 February 2019
Jewellery Making And Small Scale Metal Fabrication Workshop
Tutor: Soraya Ricalde. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 5. Cost: €160
This jewellery and small-scale metal/mixed media fabrication course will be an opportunity to work in precious and non-precious materials. The course will explore a wide variety of jewellery making techniques in metal and including other materials such as acrylic and re-cycled will be facilitated. This course is designed for students who are interested in learning basic jewellery techniques and for those with some prior knowledge who want to improve existing skills.
The course covers essential techniques such as metal preparation/manipulation, soldering, forming, piercing, small hollow form construction including some basic surface textures such as metal hammering, mill-roll printing, and enamelling. Students will work through the design and execution of a piece/s of j7 and/or small-scale metal works with technical guidance. Materials such as copper sheet & wire, silver sheet & wire will be supplied. Students should come with sketchbooks and source material for design ideas. We have rooms to rent at €25 per night.
Soraya Ricaldeis a goldsmith/jewellery designer from Spain with an established jewellery business for the last 14 years. She supplies a number of outlets throughout Ireland and abroad. Soraya is living and working in North Leitrim and has a studio at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre.

Sat 23 and Sun 24 February 2019
Glassblowing For Beginners Workshop
Tutor: Graham Reid Duration: 2 Days Participants: 4 Cost: €250
You will explore the extraordinary medium of hot glass. You will learn how to gather glass out of the furnace, to control and shape the hot glass, to blow a bubble and make a simple vessel. Working in two small teams, the emphasis of this course is hands-on experience, with demos and support from an experienced glassblower.
Graham Reid received a Bachelors degree in Sculptural Glass from Massachusetts College Of Art. He built Knockbeg Studios where he taught glassblowing, and now works as a sculptor in glass, wood and metal from his studio in Sligo.

MARCH
Sat 2 and Sun 3 March 2019
Modelling The Head In Clay - From Life Workshop
Tutor: Jackie McKenna. Duration: 2 Days. Participant: 6 Cost: €190
This module is open to beginners and those with some experience in clay modelling.
Students will learn to make an armature and model a head in clay from life. We have rooms to rent at €25 per night.
Jackie McKenna is a fellow co-founder of the Leitrim Sculpture Centre and a driving force for establishing a Centre for excellence in stone in Ireland. McKenna has completed many public commissions and is an expert in the use of stone in both public space and as a fine art practice in Ireland and abroad.

Sat 2 and Sun 3 March 2019
Glassblowing For Beginners Workshop
Tutor: Graham Reid Duration: 2 Days Participants: 4 Cost: €250
You will explore the extraordinary medium of hot glass. You will learn how to gather glass out of the furnace, to control and shape the hot glass, to blow a bubble and make a simple vessel. Working in two small teams, the emphasis of this course is hands-on experience, with demos and support from an experienced glassblower.
Graham Reid received a Bachelors degree in Sculptural Glass from Massachusetts College Of Art. He built Knockbeg Studios where he taught glassblowing, and now works as a sculptor in glass, wood and metal from his studio in Sligo.

Mon 4 and Tue 5 March 2019
Glassblowing For Beginners Workshop
Tutor: Jonathan Ball. Duration: 2 Days Participants: 4 Cost: €250
You will explore the extraordinary medium of hot glass. You will learn how to gather glass out of the furnace, to control and shape the hot glass, to blow a bubble and make a simple vessel. The emphasis of this course is hands-on experience, with demos and support from an experienced glassblower.
Jonathan Ball is LSC’s Artist’s Technical Support Worker and has a background in working mainly with wood, metal, blacksmithing, mouldmaking and glass. He holds a BA (Hons) in Glass Art from Edinburgh College of Art and an HND in Furniture Design and Fine Craftsmanship from Rycotewood College Oxford.

Fri 8 March 2019
Improvers Glassblowing Workshop
Tutor: Jonathan Ball Duration: 1 Day Participants: 3 Cost: €100
You will explore the extraordinary medium of hot glass. You will learn how to gather glass out of the furnace, to control and shape the hot glass, to blow a bubble and make a simple vessel. The emphasis of this course is hands-on experience, with demos and support from an experienced glassblower. Participants must have attended a Beginners Course beforehand.
Jonathan Ball is LSC’s Artist’s Technical Support Worker and has a background in working mainly with wood, metal, blacksmithing, mouldmaking and glass. He holds a BA (Hons) in Glass Art from Edinburgh College of Art and an HND in Furniture Design and Fine Craftsmanship from Rycotewood College Oxford.

Sat 9 and Sun 10 March 2019
Glassblowing For Beginners Workshop
Tutor: Graham Reid. Duration: 2 Days Participants: 4 Cost: €250
You will explore the extraordinary medium of hot glass. You will learn how to gather glass out of the furnace, to control and shape the hot glass, to blow a bubble and make a simple vessel. The emphasis of this course is hands-on experience, with demos and support from an experienced glassblower.
Graham Reid received a Bachelors degree in Sculptural Glass from Massachusetts College Of Art. He built Knockbeg Studios where he taught glassblowing, and now works as a sculptor in glass, wood and metal from his studio in Sligo.

Sat 9 to Mon 11 March 2019
Hot Glass Casting Into Zircar Moulds Workshop
Tutor: Keith Seybert. Duration: 3 Days. Participants: 6. Cost: €220
This three-day course will introduce you to the potential of Zircar; this 'space-age' mould material exhibits excellent surface reproduction with an optical finish. Molten glass can be poured directly into 'light weight' porous moulds with no need for "gating & venting". You will have the opportunity to ladle glass straight from the furnace and pour into preheated sculptural moulds. This is the most 'cutting edge' mould method for hot-casting your own solid sculptural forms in glass. We allow two or three small pieces per participant, each the size of a large cupcake! We like people to bring in a variety of objects, so that we can discuss different approaches, and we can decide on one or possibly two to proceed with. If you want to work only on one piece then we can facilitate that too, but it should be no bigger than the two or three cupcakes, and please let us know beforehand. That way  I can discuss with participants the parameters and limitations of the process; as well as the applications for bronze. Annealing will generally take two full days, so we will send the items back to you.
No experience required. Students come with: Participants will bring wax objects to use in the moulding process. Appropriate footwear is a must: leather boots preferred, leather shoes acceptable.  We have rooms to rent at €25 per night.
Keith Alan Seybert received masters’ degrees in Sculpture, and Glass and Ceramics from Washington University, St. Louis in 1987 and 1995. He has led numerous workshops in a variety of glass and sculpture techniques in the US, Europe and beyond. From 1999 to 2001 he was a Senior Researcher at the Royal College of Art, London, where he headed an in-depth examination of investment type refractory moulds for casting glass and bronze; a topic he has lectured on at many international venues including 2002 and 2009 at the annual conference of the Glass Art Society. He currently lives in Ireland and works in his Blarney studio.

Tue 12 March 2019
Sand Casting with Hot Glass Workshop
Trainer: Keith Seybert. Duration: 1 Day. Participants: 4. Cost: €140
This course will introduce you to the potential of molten glass as a creative material through the process of “Hot” casting into sand moulds. You will have the opportunity to ladle glass straight from the furnace and pour into prepared “open faced” sand moulds made with found and sculpted objects. This is the most direct method to create your own solid sculptural forms in glass. No previous glass working experience required and all materials are provided. Feel free to bring in your own objects to press in the sand. Appropriate footwear is a must: leather boots preferred, leather shoes acceptable; No open toed shoes or sandals! We have rooms to rent at €25 per night.
Keith Alan Seybert received masters’ degrees in Sculpture, and Glass and Ceramics from Washington University, St. Louis in 1987 and 1995. He has led numerous workshops in a variety of glass and sculpture techniques in the US, Europe and beyond. From 1999 to 2001 he was a Senior Researcher at the Royal College of Art, London, where he headed an in-depth examination of investment type refractory moulds for casting glass and bronze; a topic he has lectured on at many international venues including 2002 and 2009 at the annual conference of the Glass Art Society. He currently lives in Ireland and works in his Blarney studio.

Sat 30 and Sun 31 March 2019
Stone Lettercutting Workshop
Tutor: Seamus Dunbar. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 8. Cost: €120
Cutting inscriptions in stone is an important part of the stone-carvers craft that has been elevated to an art form in its own right. This module teaches calligraphic and typographic design in combination with precise sculptural skills. Participants will learn to identify and understand the tools required for stone cut lettering, gain an appreciation of basic letter proportions and layout and a will cut a name or short inscription (12 characters maximum) in stone. Students come with: sketchpad and basic drawing/writing materials. They should think about a monogram, name or (very) short inscription. Bring sturdy boots. Beginners to intermediate. We have rooms to rent at €25 per night. If you want to continue your work, you can return at your own convenience and will pay: €10 per day, up to 4 days; 5 - 7 days €50; 8-14 days €70, 15 - 21 days €90, 22-30 days €110.
Seamus Dunbar is a fellow co-founder of the Leitrim Sculpture Centre and has exhibited throughout Ireland. Dunbar lives and practices in Manorhamilton and recently completed a Masters degree at Ulster University.

Sat 30 and Sun 31 March 2019
Blacksmithing for Beginners Workshop
Tutor: Jonathan Ball. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €170
This course teaches you basic forging techniques to create sculptural forms. Students should come with sturdy boots. For beginners of blacksmithing.
Jonathan Ball is LSC’s Artist’s Technical Support Worker and has a background in working mainly with wood, metal, blacksmithing, mouldmaking and glass. He holds a BA (Hons) in Glass Art from Edinburgh College of Art and an HND in Furniture Design and Fine Craftsmanship from Rycotewood College Oxford.

Gallery Open 11am-4pm Tuesday - Saturday
New Line
Manorhamilton
Co Leitrim
Ionad Dealbhóireachta, Cluainín, Co. Liatroim

info@leitrimsculpturecentre.ie
www.leitrimsculpturecentre.ie
Telephone: 071 985 5098

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

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.