Ideas flying at launch of Leitrim LIVECRAFT

Ideas flying! Picture of green paper planes flying at the ideas flying workshop which took place during the Creative Thinking Day that followed the launch on April 12.Photos by Eunan Sweeney
Last Friday, April 12 saw the launch of Leitrim LIVECRAFT, a Leitrim Development Company project developed under the Rural Development LEADER Programme and implemented by the Leitrim Design House in association with the Leitrim Sculpture Centre at Lough Allen Hotel, Drumshanbo.

Last Friday, April 12 saw the launch of Leitrim LIVECRAFT, a Leitrim Development Company project developed under the Rural Development LEADER Programme and implemented by the Leitrim Design House in association with the Leitrim Sculpture Centre at Lough Allen Hotel, Drumshanbo.

Over sixty participants joined representatives from Leitrim Development Company, Leitrim Design House & Leitrim Sculpture Centre to witness Councillor Sinead Guckian officially launch the programme followed by a Creative Thinking Day. Sinead spoke about her own experiences within the creative industry and of the many benefits that programmes like that of Leitrim LIVECRAFT will bring to the local community.

Leitrim LIVECRAFT is a creative training programme that will allow participants to learn new creative skills from practical and technical skills to business and marketing skills thus allowing them to develop their careers in a rural setting which in turn will enhance the wider rural economy.

Tom Lavin CEO Leitrim Development Company spoke about how Leitrim Development Company were delighted to be offering this programme and working with the creative sector to enhance and up skill their creative and professional skills.

Leitrim LIVECRAFT will run from April – December and will conclude with an exhibition of work from all participants. An exciting range of practical courses in nine different disciplines from Stone to Print will take place in The Leitrim Sculpture Centre. The practical courses are complemented by Portfolio Development, New Product Development, Business Planning & Finance. Leitrim Design House will run the business courses in Carrick-on-Shannon.

This project received grant aid from the Leitrim Development Company Rural Development Programme which is financed by the Irish Government under the Rural Development Programme Ireland 2007-2013 and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in Rural Areas.

The response to the programme has been excellent with over ninety applications to date. They are currently operating a waiting list for all courses. To learn more about Leitrim LIVECRAFT visit www.leitrimlivecraft.ie http://www.facebook.com/TheLeitrimDesignHouse or call into the Leitrim Design House at The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon.