The Leitrim Design House is a not-for-profit organisation committed to supporting the development and success of designer/makers and artists working in the creative sector. Established by Leitrim County Enterprise Board in order to create a formal structure for arts and crafts in Co. Leitrim, the initiative has become one of the most progressive craft, art & design clusters in Ireland providing a clear example of how the talents of local people can be turned into a viable enterprise
The Leitrim Design House is funded currently by Pobal under its Community Services Programme with support from Leitrim County Enterprise Board. The enterprise occupies a 1200sq ft unit comprising a dedicated showcase/retail outlet and exhibition facility, on the ground floor of the Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon. Rooms are available for training programmes, networking meetings and workshops. The building is wheelchair accessible and has an internal elevator
The Leitrim Design House www.leitrimdesignhouse.ie is a long established award winning retail gallery, most recently shortlisted as one of the top ten best gift/design/interiors shops in Ireland by The Irish Times readers 2014. The gallery is housed in The Dock Arts Centre in Carrick –on-Shannon and is a landmark tourist attraction in the region, attracting substantial visitor numbers into the town. Since inception in 2000, The Leitrim Design House has established a strong reputation for its high standard of retail gallery and product offering, combined with its promotion and merchandising of Irish craft and is firmly recognised as a model of best practice by the Design and Craft Council of Ireland.
The stunning retail space presents a contemporary range of individually hand- made items from local and national craft makers. Many of the makers are unique to The Leitrim Design House and produce work specially designed for the gallery. The gallery showcases a distinctive range of Irish made products; fine art, ceramics, glass, prints, metal, wood, jewellery. textiles, paper-craft & unique cards and the selection of work on display is carefully curated with a strong emphasis on quality, design and innovation.
Enthusiastic staff, exuding a passion for what they do, offer customers excellent service within a wonderful retail environment which has a clear narrative and tells the story of both the product and the maker. The space changes every four to eight weeks with visiting makers and artists invited to show their work for a selected period of time. Different themes, on a rotational basis, are used to highlight individual craft disciplines placing the spotlight on glass, textiles, wood etc. A monthly ART WALL welcomes guest artists giving them an opportunity to launch new collections of work. ‘Hot spots‘ promoting individual makers are also a feature within the gallery and are an opportunity for guest makers to meet and converse with their audience through the format of an in-store demonstration.
This centre of excellence has extensive experience in event management and manages a busy schedule of activities. The event calendar offers opportunities for customers to learn about the process involved in the creation of the pieces on show; to meet the makers behind the products; to listen to their stories; to view exclusive designs produced in an environmentally responsible way and to taste the creative process. The gallery also plays host to regular customer evenings; meet the maker events, in-store demonstrations and exhibition launches.