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.



GALLERY OPENING: Friday 21st April, 5-8pm.

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

Continues until Saturday, 6th May 2017.

Exhibition statement: Byrnes work is inspired by the journeys she makes outside in the landscape of North Leitrim where she lives and works. Using small sketchbook drawings as a means of observation Byrne records a series of encounters with the effects of natural forces that constantly modify and challenge our more static representation of the land. These meditations on time capture the moods and atmospheres of diverse phenomena such as the ever changing patterns of light and cloudy skies; the rhythm and sound of rainwater; the peat soaked bog; the scarred escarpments of the valleys and the affect of wind and weather on the trees. All of these find there way into the artists work through the use of simple pattern and motif techniques developed within the chemical processes of the printmaker’s art. It is through these multiple ideas and depictions that the artist explores, experiments and engages various print forms, often in the same piece, to describe her imagined Outside.

Artist's Biography: Born in Dar-es-Salaam and raised in northern England, Liz Byrne went on to study at Loughborough School of Art for BA (hons) 1975-1978 and Reading College of Art where she acquired a Diploma in Community Arts (1989-2000). Byrnes community arts projects include a range of engagements in educational settings across Ireland and the UK including recent work as an arts tutor for the VEC/SLETB; the Organic Centre; Leitrim Intercultural Group and Manorhamilton Print Group. Byrne has co-organised the highly acclaimed Five Glens Arts Festival and the Samhain events and continues to work with various community groups and young students across the North West.
Working primarily in the medium of print, Byrnes work can be found in private and public collections both within Ireland and abroad and her exhibitions include: Evidence Of Small Behaviours Print Symposium with the Manorhamilton Print Group (2014); LIVECRAFT at the Leitrim Design House (2013); Open Circle group exhibition (2007) and one person exhibitions at the Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo (2010) and Waterfront Gallery Rosses Point (2012). Byrne was selected to make a presentation of work for President Mary McAleese at Arras an Uchterain 2012 and in 2016 she was awarded a Professional Development Residency at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre  to create a new work in print, in addition to her experimental ‘print mobiles’ currently on show at the Centre.

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