Creative Laois


Swifts fly high in Mountmellick

Launch of mural in Mountmellick celebrating Swifts for Laois Culture Night For Culture Night Laois on Friday, September 23rd, Creative Ireland Laois, Laois County Council Heritage Office and BirdWatch Ireland launch a street mural by artist, James Kirwan to celebrate Ireland’s threatened Swift (Apus apus). The mural is located at […]


Creative sustainability training flyer

Creative sustainability training open for applications

New training programme for artists and creative practitioners. Creative Ireland Laois in collaboration with Recreate Ireland are seeking eight creative practitioners from Laois to participate in a new Creative Sustainability training programme focussed on the ethos and practices of ReCreate Ireland. Open to professional practicing artists and creative workers currently […]


Screening of the inaugural Laois Short Film Bursary winning film

The 2021 Laois Short Film Bursary was awarded to Swandive Productions for their short film Superhuman.  The film explores universal themes, with a micro lens on para-athletics and being black and living in Ireland.  After being rejected from professional football and diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease, an African-Irish secondary […]

A black man in running clothes at the start line of an athletics track

A Search for Local Memories

The Heritage offices of Laois, Carlow and Kildare County Councils, working with video makers Bailey and Blake, are looking for the memories from local families about the famous Gordon Bennett motor race of 1903.   This was the first ever international sporting race in Ireland, which brought the biggest ever […]


New Home Stories Podcast Launched

The Laois Culture & Creativity team is delighted to announce the launch of writer and broadcaster Manchán Magan’s new podcast series “Home Stories” with insights into the homelands & cultures of Direct Provision residents in Laois. Manchán has an article on the podcast series in today’s Irish Times magazine + a mention also […]


Successful Know your Locality Course Finishes with Field trip to Rock

The successful “Know your Locality” course has finished its second booked out run in Laois with a field trip to discover the hidden secrets of the Rock of Dunamase. The free online course introduced participants to the heritage of Ireland, and introduced them to the wide range of online sources […]


Great line up for Festival of Flight

The Festival of Flight is shaping up to be a major event in Laois, with plans for arts and science workshops, talks, music and historic plane fly-overs. The event which takes place in Portlaoise from the 7th to the 10th of April, will celebrate the rich history of flight in […]


Cruinniú na nÓg 2021 Open Call Grant Scheme

Laois County Council – Creative Ireland Laois is seeking artists to create and deliver a programme of activities/ events to celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg on Saturday 11 June,  2022. We are inviting applications from creative practitioners, artists, and art organisations /groups  (including a team of creative practitioners) who have the capacity […]


Equipment Grant Scheme

The Equipment Grant Scheme is for creative and cultural individuals and/or groups living and operating in Laois. The grant can be used only for the purchase of equipment that contributes to creative and cultural activities within Laois. A maximum grant of €1000 only will be awarded to an individual or […]


Laois Short Film Bursary Award 2022

This Award aims to foster talent, creativity and activity in filmmaking in County Laois. We are looking for original, entertaining stories by talented filmmakers who, if selected, must set and shoot their project in County Laois. A grant of €10,000 will be awarded to a filmmaker towards the cost of […]


Creative Ireland Film Bursary 2021

The Laois Short Film Inaugural Bursary aims to foster talent and activity in film making in County Laois and is funded by Creative Ireland in partnership with Laois County Council.  The Bursary is for a short drama or documentary film of 10 to 12 minutes duration to be shot in […]


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