Arts News


Artist Panel applications invited

Sligo County Council Arts Service invites applications to an Artist Panel for the period 2020-2025

Spilt Milk Festival

Spilt Milk Festival is taking place in Sligo from 22 - 24 November with 16 solo artists and bands performing, across six different venues.

Creative Sligo Open Call 2020

Sligo’s five-year Culture & Creativity Strategy 2018 - 2022 aligns with the Government’s initiative in placing creativity at the centre of public policy for the first time and in encouraging and supporting greater access to and participation in creativity to improve the wellbeing of all citizens.

The Business of Literature

The untapped potential of literary tourism is the focus of Spot-lit, a new three-year project spearheaded by the Western Development Commission in Ireland, that aims to grow the literary tourism sector in the Northern Periphery and Arctic region.

Blue Raincoat Academy Scholarship 2020

Blue Raincoat Theatre Company will host the 9th annual Blue Raincoat Theatre Academy 11th - 26th January 2020.

Glór Shligigh Intergenerational Choir

Join Sligo's New Intergenerational Choir with Dave Flynn, Choir Director

Fifty Poems Launch

fifty poems by Michael Gorman to be launched by Tommie Gorman at Sligo Live Festival, Hawk’s Well Theatre, on Sunday, 20th October, at 2 pm.

Sligo Concert Band - Live!

Sligo Concert Band - Live on Friday 18th October at 8pm in the Southern Hotel, Sligo

Cúram Group Exhibition

Cúram Group Exhibition will take place at Hyde Bridge Gallery, opening on Tuesday 8th October at 5.30pm.

The Travels of Jonathan Swift

Blue Raincoat Theatre Company presents The Travels of Jonathan Swift Adapted and Directed by Conall Morrison, 2nd - 12th October

Species Counterpoint

Species Counterpoint - WORLD PREMIERE of a new work by acclaimed Irish composer Ian Wilson for two outanding performers - Ties Mellama (NL) and Cathal Roche (IRL)

Visual Arts Projects – From Concept to Delivery Eamonn Maxwell Curator and Cultural Consultant

This session will cover all aspects of project delivery from research, to funding, to pitfalls which artists should avoid. It is aimed at those who are considering initiating a project such as an exhibition, commission or competition. This is an interactive session where participants are invited to contribute to the session around their own projects.

Solo Exhibition by Andy Parsons

Friends and Family - Solo Exhibition by Andy Parsons in the Atrium Gallery from September 20th to October 31st


An exhibition by BaHa

FUEL artist residency programme

Druid's 2019/20 FUEL artist residency programme is now open and applications will be accepted until noon on Monday 16th September.

Nine Queens

Join Blue Raincoat Theatre Company for Nine Queens this Saturday August 3rd from 12 - 3pm at nine beaches across Co. Sligo. This project is funded by Sligo County Council Creative Ireland Programme 2018-2022.

Cairde - Sligo Arts Festival

Inspired by the creative energy of the Northwest, Cairde Sligo Arts Festival is an eight day cultural adventure, featuring a diverse programme of events to ignite the imagination.

Lily Lolly Yeats

This annual Fine Art and Craft Festival, celebrates the legacy of embroiderer Susan and printer and watercolourist Elizabeth Yeats, affedionately known as Lily and Lolly.

Exhibition by Dorothee Kölle

Exhibition by Dorothee Kölle in Nazareth Atrium Gallery, Nazareth Nursing Home, Church Hill, Sligo from June 12th - July 29th.

Artist Network Sligo

Artist Network Sligo is a network for artists who work in the Community: practicing artists, crafters, social practice artists and facilitation artists.

Informal Music Afternoon

This Sunday's IMA sees Sligo born soprano Orla Shannon perform a programme of mainly French Song (Fauré, Poulenc, Hahn)

Visual Arts Projects

Eamonn Maxwell, Curator and Cultural Consultant - Friday 13th September 10am to 1pm

Planning for Inclusion in the Arts

This session will provide introductory training for artists of all genres working with children and young people with SEN.

Sligo Youth Theatre presents These Bridges

Sligo Youth Theatre presents These Bridges from 1 May til 4 May in the Youth Theatre Space, Lower Quay Street, Sligo.

Drama League of Ireland 54th Residential Summer School 2019

Arrangements for the 54th Annual Drama League of Ireland Residential Summer School which will be held at University of Limerick from 27th July – 3rd August 2019 have been finalised


Announcing an exciting opportunity for Artists (all art forms) to broaden their practice, receive training and project fees, develop creative partnerships with teachers, and transform the lives of children in every County in Ireland...

SLR Film Project presents Paul Young, CEO of Cartoon Saloon

There will be a presentation by Paul Young, Partner & CEO of Cartoon Saloon on Friday 12th April, in City Hall, Quay Street, Sligo.

Open Call | Participatory arts opportunities

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust (GUHAT) invites professional practicing artists to apply for 3 opportunities in Saolta University Health Care Group hospitals in 2019 – 2020. Shortlisted artists will have a practice that is appropriate or can be adapted to the acute hospital environment, and a commitment to participatory/collaborative practice and public engagement.

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival Seeks Young People To Get Involved

Caírde Sligo Arts Festival (CSAF) returns from July 6th to 13th this year. As part of this year’s programme, Festival organisers are seeking to connect with younger audiences from across County Sligo.

Informal Music Afternoons at The Model 2019

We would like to invite proposals for Informal Music Afternoons during 2019. IMAs take place on the first Sunday of each month commencing at 1 pm in The Model, Sligo.

Grants Information Night

Sligo Local and Community Development Committee (LCDC) and Sligo Public Participation Network (PPN), in partnership with Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education and Training Board, Sligo Volunteer Centre and County Sligo LEADER Partnership CLG, are hosting a Grants Information night.

Creative Sligo Open Call 2019

The Creative Sligo Open Call is an opportunity for the cultural sector, community groups, artists and creatives to apply for funding in order to work collaboratively with communities, places of interest and latest technologies in realising the vision of Creative Ireland, in 2019.

Leading International Theatre Tutors Come to Teach in Sligo

Sligo will play host to a number of renowned theatre directors and tutors as part of the annual Blue Raincoat Theatre Academy.

Minister Madigan announces new Markievicz bursaries

Five annual awards of €20,000 for women artists

Western Drama Festival

Drama lovers will be delighted to know we have an excellent programme of plays including brilliant comedy and terrific dramas in store for our One Act Festival is on 22nd, 23rd, and 24th November at 8pm in St Brigids Hall Theatre.

Visual Arts in Alternative Spaces

Friday 2nd November, 10am - 3pm - Hosted by Sligo County Council Arts Service & Visual Artists Ireland

SLR partners announce Film Completion and Collaboration Awards

As part of a new partnership Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon County Councils have come together with filmmakers from the three counties with a view to supporting the film sector the region to grow and develop.

WRAP Development Support

The Western Region Audiovisual Producers Fund (WRAP) is delighted to announce the details of its Development Support.

Rekindle your love for music

Hawk’s Well Theatre and the Sligo Academy of Music are joining together to create the Sligo Community Adult Orchestra.

Music Generation Sligo recruiting Musicians & Tutors

Ideal candidates will hold appropriate third level qualifications in music and/or music teaching. Candidates will demonstrate a high degree of relevant skills and experience in teaching children and young people, and in musical performance.

Master Classes with Artist Neal Greig

Drawing and Paintings Workshops on Coney Island Sligo Bay.

Glass Making Classes

Glass bead making classes now available at the Graham Reid Design.

Kevin Keely Publishes e-book

A Sligo taxi-driver gets the chance to win the love of his childhood sweetheart when she gets into trouble with a band of psychopaths.

Are you interested in joining an orchestra?

Sligo Baroque Orchestra is eager to hear from instrumentalists of any age who have good basic technical ability and a desire to be part of an orchestra that includes weekly rehearsals and around eight or nine public performances each year.

European Creative Industries Alliance Policy

The European Creative Industries Alliance (ECIA) recently presented its policy agenda to boost the creative industries. 200 policy makers and representatives from the creative industries gathered in Amsterdam for the launch of ECIA's final report Create! Innovate! Grow!

MyCreativeEdge Creative Directory

MyCreativeEdge showcases the work of businesses, freelancers and recent graduates working in the creative industries sector in the West of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Sweden and Finland. Creatives from these areas can create their own highly visual profile on MyCreativeEdge.

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