Leitrim rolls out the carpet to filmakers, writers and artists

Attracting filmakers from around Ireland the world is one of the ambitious plans set out by Leitrim County Council in it’s Art Strategy 2012-2017.

Attracting filmakers from around Ireland the world is one of the ambitious plans set out by Leitrim County Council in it’s Art Strategy 2012-2017.

The five year plan sets out steps to lure in filmakers, writers and artists to Lovely Leitrim in an effort to develop the already blooming arts and literary scene.

The Council aim to work with Cinema Northwest, Screen Northwest and Leitrim Tourism to develop www.leitrimfilim.ie - a portal for filmmakers who wish to work in the county. The site will give access to information about the county, the services and supports available to filmmakers, and local and national opportunities available to the sector.

The three day Readers Symposium in Ballinamore next month and the news that Bestselling Author Belinda McKeon could be basing her new novel in the county plays right into the Council’s development of the literary scene. The Arts Sector hopes to work with Leitrim Library Service to explore the development of a Literature Centre to support the development of writers. The centre would also provide a wider appreciation of literature and give access to research material into the work of Leitrim authors.

Leitrim has become well known as a haven for artists and the council want to embrace this and put more resources into promoting the county as an artistic location. The next fives years should see the implementation of innovative public art projects that uphold the highest standards in arts practice and collaboration with communities. An “open door” policy will remain in place to artists, arts organisations and community and voluntary groups who wish to investigate the development of new initiatives in the arts. The prospect of a map of Leitrim artists and their studios which are open to the public will be assessed and a residency programme for artists to work in industrial and other business settings for the multiple purposes of providing new opportunities for artists to make work, for new audiences to engage with the arts will be progressed.

Musicians will not be left out of the plan either, as the Council wish to develop, in association with the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, Leitrim Equation 3 as a programme to develop and promote traditional music in the county.

Other objectives in the strategy include the engagement of more individuals in the arts scene, they aim to raise awareness, encourage partnerships, and educate locals on the vibrant art scene that exists fight under their noses.

To promote events locally a new Whats On Guide www.whatsoninleitrim.ie will be created to act as both a clash diary for event organisers and as an enhancement to the reach of the printed guide locally, nationally and internationally.