The Creative Heartlands project began to gather momentum in late 2021 and we are looking forward to a busy and creative 2022. We have courses and equipment resources coming up in the first quarter of 2022 so please make sure to join the Creative Heartlands community to get access to these. The sign up page
is https://www.tiny.cc/joincreativeheartlands. We have specific Film and Design lists so feel free to choose whichever one interests you the most or select both!
On the Film side the three Apple-based Edit Suites have now been installed in Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon.
The Sligo edit suite is situated in the Northside Community Centre and is already being put to good use for their QQI5 Film and Editing Courses. For more information on these courses email: email@example.com.
- The Roscommon edit suite is situated in King House in Boyle.
- The Leitrim edit suite is in the Leitrim Sculpture Centre in Manorhamilton.
Sign up to the Creative Heartlands via https://www.tiny.cc/joincreativeheartlands to enable access to the edit suites. Initially contact for the hire/use of the edit suites can be made to Brian Kelly, the Creative Heartlands Film Manager, via
The Shooting equipment which includes a Sony FX9 with cinema lenses and a Sony A7 Mark III DSLR, will soon be available to hire at preferential rates to Creative Heartlands community members. As we set up usage protocols in the first instance to hire/use the equipment please contact Brian Kelly via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The camera equipment was used to shoot a low budget feature last year by Roscommon based production company Box Of Tricks for their film Skylark. You can see an interview that Brian Kelly did with the director and writer of the film on our YouTube Channel https://www.tiny.cc/creativeheartlands. Please like and subscribe to the channel.
A series of technical, production and enterprise training workshops will soon be offered to the filmmaking community in the SLR region. Announcements and details will shortly be made available.
An outreach programme of on-line monthly bookable clinic will also be set up shortly where Creative Heartlands Film Manager Brian Kelly will be available to help assist the filmmaking community.
Creative Heartlands Podcast
At the end of 2021, whilst we waited for the mobile Fab Lab equipment to be procured and delivered, Stuart Lawn, the Creative Heartlands Design Manager, started a podcast interviewing artists and designers from the region about their work and their relationship with digital technology. Five episodes are online with more to come in 2022. The interviewees range from 3D Printing Expert and Designer, Mark McGowan to Immersive Installation Artist, Margaret O’Brien. You can listen to all episodes on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts – https://open.spotify.com/show/0wca0VyrSKHun233cAQOIV
One of the most recent guests on the podcast was John Walsh from the School of Creative Arts in TU Dublin. John is the lead partner in a recently launched Erasmus+ project called Craft 4.0 (https://craftproject.eu). The project aims to create training tools and a peer network for craftspeople in the areas of Digital Modelling and Digital / Additive Manufacturing. As part of this John and his team have created a free online learning platform to introduce the concepts and technologies of digital fabrication to new and established craftspeople and designers (https://plp.craftproject.eu). There are over 30 videos arranged into 6 modules. Each video is a short 2-3 minute introduction to the main digital fabrication technologies and there are fantastic resources under the “How Digital Craft Can Relate To My Practice” module. I would encourage everyone to create an account and sample the Craft 4.0 project as it could provide inspiration for your next creative endeavour.
Mobile Fab Lab
The equipment for the mobile Fab Lab was delivered just in time for Christmas 2021 and the first phase of machines are now being prepared for use in upcoming workshops. We have invested in a suite of high performance CAD Laptops, a portable Laser Cutter, a Cricut Crafting machine, a Digital Screen Print machine and a 3D Printer for Ceramics. This is in addition to the filament and resin based 3D printers already available in the Fab Lab. If you have a project that you would like to use the equipment for please contact Stuart Lawn – email@example.com
The annual Showcase event organised by the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland will be taking place in the RDS in Dublin on 27th February to 2nd March 2022. As part of this Creative Heartlands will be spotlighting artists, designers and craftspeople from the Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon region who are attending the show and using our film making equipment we will be creating a promotional video of the participants at the show. Ahead of this we hope to do a YouTube livestream panel discussion with some of the attendees. If you are attending the show and would like to be included please email Stuart: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Design Courses – Pre-registration
The following courses are planned for the first quarter of 2022. These initial courses will be free to attend for participants as we work out the format going forward. We are asking that anyone interested in attending please pre-register for access by joining the Creative Heartlands community (https://www.tiny.cc/joincreativeheartlands). Details of dates and times will be advised once venues and numbers are established.
- Introduction to 3D Design for 3D Printing for Artists
A 1 x day practical workshop that covers the workflow for creating 3D digital models in CAD software that can be 3D printed using FDM and Resin based 3D printers. Examples of practical applications for 3D printing for pre-visualising and prototyping will be demonstrated. Each workshop will cater for 5 people and will be in-person. Planned for end of January in Leitrim and repeated in Sligo & Roscommon later in the year.
- Introduction to Lasercutting for Artists
A 1 x day practical workshop that covers 2D design for lasercutting. All aspects of laser cutting, engraving and marking will be covered. Materials suitable for lasercutting will be shown. Use of lasercutting in crafts and jewellery making will be demonstrated, as will more esoteric uses in arts practice. Each workshop will cater for 5 people and will be in person. Planned for mid January in Leitrim and repeated in Sligo & Roscommon later in the year.
- Digital Screen Printing Study Group
A 1 x day practical workshop for illustrators and printmakers on the use of a digital screen printing machine to generate meshes. Participants are encouraged to bring designs that they would like to experiment with or collaborate with others on. Each workshop will cater for max 6 people and will be in-person. Planned for late January in Leitrim Printmaking Workshop and repeated in Sligo later in the year.
- Ceramic 3D Printing Study Group
A 1 x day practical workshop for ceramicists on using a clay 3D printer to generate 3D printed ceramic objects. Participants are encouraged to experiment with forms and designs in software before realising them as printed ceramic items. Each workshop will cater for 5 people and will be in-person. This workshop will be in the Leitrim Sculpture Centre to utilise their ceramics area and kilns and is planned for early February and repeated later in the year.
- Craft Cutting Applications for Artists
A 1 x day workshop that covers the practical uses that a craft cutting machine can give to artists including illustration, stencilling, packaging design, leatherwork, fabric applique and much more. Participants are encouraged to bring materials to experiment with and create designs in software. Each workshop will cater for 5 people and will be in-person. Planned for early February in Leitrim and repeated in Sligo & Roscommon later in the year.