Open Call | Small Sparks Artist in Residence, Leitrim County Council

Deadline for Expression of Interest: Friday 13 September.

Leitrim County Council is currently seeking interest from artists interested in taking part in Small Sparks, a 3 week artist-in-residence programme which this year will be based in three companies in County Leitrim.

Small Sparks is a new project, developed under the Creative Ireland programme for Leitrim businesses of any size to host an artist for three weeks. There are no preconditions on what the artist from any arts discipline might do and it is not obligatory to have produced anything by the end of the project – though a materials budget is available if required. The programme is a further development of Spark, which is a 6-month artist-in-residence programme developed by Leitrim County Council’s Arts Office and Local Enterprise Office for companies that are interested in collaborating with artists and promoting creativity within their organisation.

Both Spark and Small Sparks provide artists with the opportunity to work with the company and to undertake work inspired by the company. Quite naturally, this will be clearly influenced by the adopted environment, thus providing a greater interest and involvement in the work from staff and clients/customers. As well as making work, what the artist does may point to new different creative and innovative paths for the company, and serve as a catalyst for new thinking.

Closing Date for expression of interest: Friday 13th September
Site Visit: 11am, Thursday 19th September
Closing Date for receipt of proposals: Tuesday 1st October
Residency Period: October – December
Artist Fee: €1,500.00
Materials Budget: €500.00

Leitrim County Council will provide a materials budget as indicated above. This does not prohibit the company providing further funding or further funding being sought from other sources. Small Sparks may also give rise to a proposal that would be suitable for the conventional Spark Programme. Should this arise, this will be taken into consideration by the Arts Office and Local Enterprise Office as part of their planning for Spark.

Participating Companies:

Image Skillnet is a unique not for profit, enterprise-led training network, formed to support the hair & beauty sector within the Republic of Ireland. Through engaging with employers and employees, thier vision is to support and enable enterprises to participate in workforce development and life-long learning in order to build a strong, highly skilled and sustainable workforce within the hair & beauty sector.

Leitrim Organic Farmers Cooperative was established in 1998 to develop markets for members produce and to develop training and educational opportunities for its members. They have four staff in Drumshanbo and also have a small community garden adjacent to the offices. They established Carrick on Shannon Farmers Market and among the services they provide are advisory services to organic farmers and smallholders in the county; education programmes for local schools; accounts services to smallholders; and they lobby on behalf of their members.

FitKicksFitness is Based out of Mohill County Leitrim where they offer a full range of workout and fitness facilities to the Mohill community. They are committed to providing a fully accessible fitness and workout facility for all and to make this accessible to all. From adult classes and sessions, FitKicks also offers kids, teens and schools coaching along with activity camps & affordable family events throughout the year.

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Artists wishing to apply for Small Sparks should contact Christine Kelly at Leitrim County Council Arts Office on 071 96 21694 or to declare their interest in the programme. Interested artists will then be invited to a site visit on the Thursday the 19th of September where they will have the opportunity to meet with management and staff of all three companies.

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