The Leitrim Sculpture Centre was established in 1997 in the market town of Manorhamilton, North 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.
A revenue client of the Arts Council the organisation became a charity and non-profit company in 1997 governed by a board of directors. 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 ‘Sheehans’ and the other was a large factory complex on the edge of town of circa 1,300 sq. mt known as ‘Merenda’.
Notable projects in the past include, Lough Macnean Sculpture Trail and the FAS Training programme 2000 – 2004.