Important Updates

Young Filmmakers

Young Filmmakers of the Future

Sept - Oct 2020

This creative experience will be led by Young People from Mountrath Community School with professional mentorship to make their own Short Film, based on a theme/story of their own choosing. Young Filmmakers of the Future is about enabling the creative potential of young people and working with a professional filmmaker, creative writing facilitator and technical team.

In collaboration with the school’s Film Club, young people will learn about story-boarding, script writing/editing/workshopping, to filming on set / on location and post-production editing. They will also find out how to market and promote their short film.

Opportunities will exist within this project for young people to liaise and collaborate with Laois Heritage on the generation of ideas; Laois Tourism on the identification of unique filming locations, and Laois School of Music as an ideal resource for soundtrack recordings.  

The short film will be premiered at Dunamaise Arts Centre.

Further details to be announced soon.

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Writer In Residence

Laois County Council Arts Office in association with Creative Ireland Laois and Dunamaise Arts Centre
Call for Writer in Residence
(Mid-August to mid-December 2020)


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Laois County Council Arts Office, in association with Creative Ireland Laois and Dunamaise Arts Centre, invites applications for a Writer in Residence for the period mid-August to mid- December 2020. This Residency is financially supported by Laois County Council Arts Office, grant-aided through the Creative Ireland Laois 2020 programme, and hosted by Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise.

The Residency is open to writers originally from or currently based in the Midlands region, working in any genre (e.g. fiction, non-fiction, poetry, script-writing, etc). The Residency will focus on ‘A Sense of Place’, which is the overarching theme for the Creative Ireland Laois Plan 2018-2022. The writer’s work may draw inspiration from this theme in a variety of ways. The residency will allow time for the writer’s own work as well as a programme of engagement and interaction with the local community in the lead up to and during the Laois Leaves Festival of Writing & Music in early November.


The full brief and application criteria can be downloaded HERE

Dunamaise Arts Centre

Church Street Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland.

Contact The Dunamaise Arts Centre

Box Office Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 5.30pm
Saturday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm.
One hour prior to curtain on the evening of a performance.
Box office 00353 57 866 3355.

General Enquiries:

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The Arts Council Laois County Council

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