HISTORY

The Leitrim Sculpture Centre was established in 1997 in the market town of Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim to facilitate the training and professional needs of artists across the North West.

The objective was to provide a high quality working facility for practising artists in traditional and contemporary sculpture techniques with a specific focus on the development of work in stone, bronze and wood.

Originally offering facilities and professional support in these areas the Centre has since developed into a leading centre for contemporary practice across all mediums and styles including installation, multimedia and environmental practice and research.

Arts Council capital grants enabled the company to purchase two properties in the town of Manorhamilton. One consisted of a nine bedroom hotel known as Sheehan’s and the other was a large factory complex on the edge of town of circa 1,300 sq. mt. known as the Factory. 

With the arrival of its new Director Dr. Seán O’Reilly in 2005, a major redesign and refurbishment of the whole Centre took place costing approx. €680,000.00. This was financially supported by The Arts Council; the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Leitrim County Council; Peace II European Programme for Peace and Reconciliation and the European Interreg IIIa programme.

RESIDENTIAL ACCOMMODATION FOR ARTISTS

In 2017 LSC purchased a Georgian building called McKenna’s on Main St. This is now used as residential accommodation for artists in residence or those visiting the complex to undertake workshops and/or hire facilities.

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