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.

EXHIBITION LAUNCH: Personal Deployable Crannog

ARTIST EXHIBITING: Paddy Bloomer, LSC Artist in Residence 2017

GALLERY OPENING: Friday 19th May, 5-8pm.

An exhibition of new work made at Leitrim Sculpture Centre, 2017.
Refreshments served at 5pm, Everybody welcome.

Continues until Saturday, 3rd June 2017.

Paddy Bloomer, Personal Deployable Crannog on Glenade Lake, photograph by David Spence, 2017.

Exhibition statement: Bloomer’s creations of ‘machines that don't exactly work’ present a humorous and critical challenge to the dysfunctional and irrational technologies that drive societal change. Working mostly with the found detritus of technology Bloomer presents hybrid experiments that move across diverse concerns and boundaries placing himself and his work within the technological landscape and the many challenges, opportunities as well as dangers that underpin its unfettered development. His interests lay in finding and exploiting unusual power sources, waste disposal sites, health and safety legislation and subverting public infrastructure towards alternative forms of mobility and human settlement. This highly collaborative practice engages with a wide range of communities and found materials through extensive and immersive fieldwork and it is out of these encounters that the artist orchestrates new work and activates new sites of concern.

Artist's Biography: Paddy Bloomer is an artist, inventor, explorer and plumber based in Belfast. Bloomer studied fine and applied art at University of Ulster, Belfast, 2000 and2015, and has exhibited extensively in Ireland and abroad including: The Imagined City Bus Tour, Household, Belfast, Ireland 2016; Tang, Geopark Festival, Korevlerne, Denmark, 2015; How things might go, Belfast International Festival of Performance Art, T13, Belfast, 2015; Meat Clunk, Golden thread Gallery, Belfast, 2015; Vstop prost / Admission free, Celje, Slovenia, 2010; L’art en Europe, Domaine Pomery, Rheims, France 2008; Anticipation, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, 2006* and The nature of things, Northern Ireland at Venice,  2005;* EV+A, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick.* Working extensively in the public realm Bloomer’s public art and outreach commissions include: Tchimi public art commissions for An Munia Tober Belfast; Machinations. Various projects include working with Mens Sheds groups for Big Telly 2009; Ariel photography workshop, Belfast photo festival, 2014; Temporary places, Skegoniel, with PS2, Belfast 2013; Village works, Ballykinler, with PS2, 2011. Bloomer has been a regular contributor to the Vacuum free news paper in Belfast, 2003 – 2011.

*in Collaboration with Nicholas Keogh

LSC Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11am - 4pm.
Doors open at front of house from Thursday to Saturday, exhibition can be viewed by calling into reception on other days.

Leitrim Sculpture Centre
New Line
Co Leitrim
Ionad Dealbhóireachta, Cluainín, Co. Liatroim

Telephone: 071 985 5098




Sat 22 & Sun 23 April 2017
Vernacular Carpentry Workshop
Tutor: Niall Walsh.
Cost: €130                  
Participants will use locally sourced hazel and willow to construct simple stools and benches. Walsh will lead the group through the process of locating the raw materials and using hand tools to make furniture in the style of the ‘cottage’ tradition. This is a workshop in sustainability and will outline how the skill taught can be used to make a range of furniture and forms from the locality. Students come with sturdy boots for walking in the wood. More Info

Sat 29 April to Monday 1 May 2017
Stone Carving Workshop
Tutor: Jackie McKenna.
Cost: €180
Students will be introduced to the principles of stone carving and design, the identification and uses of different stone and the use of hand tools. Each student will design and carve a simple form that they can take home with them. Students should come with sturdy boots. For beginners to intermediate. More Info

Sat 29 & Sun 30 April 2017
Sand Casting In Aluminium Workshop
Tutor: Kate Oram.
Cost: €130
Discover the ancient technique of sandcasting, see examples of what you can make, learn how to make a master pattern and then cast it in aluminium and then how to finish it. Advice on suitable patterns (flat-backed or two-part, with no undercuts) will be emailed to you.  Everyday and found objects (bones, shells, nuts, household items) can lend themselves nicely to moulding, as well as your original sculpted patterns. More Info

Sat 6 & Sun 7 May 2017
Stone Lettercutting Workshop
Tutor: Seamus Dunbar. 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.More Info

Sat 6 May 2017
Make Your Own Casting Facility Workshop
Tutor: Nick Hughes. Cost: €60
Participants will learn how to make their own casting facility and areas covered include furnace building, metal sourcing and equipment making. No frills budget casting for the home caster with a big emphasis on safety and good practice. We have rooms to rent at €25 per night. More Info