Immersive arts programme opportunity for second level students launched in Longford

Longford County Council Transition Year Arts Programme includes sculpture, theatre and visual art

Press Release: 12 October 2023

County Longford Arts Service, as part of Longford County Council, and in association with Backstage Theatre has developed a new arts programme to provide transition year students with an opportunity to experience working with a professional artist 

The opportunity can help students experience the potential for further study in art and design at third level including in areas like sculpture, physical theatre and visual art, all while based here in Longford Town.

This project is funded by Longford County Council and has been developed by the Council’s Arts Service.

The participating artists include Catherine Young, artist in residence at Backstage Theatre specialising in Physical Theatre and Dance Theatre. Students could also be treated to the immersive experience with Anna Wiercioch in the Visual Arts while sculpture enthusiasts will be working with Farhad O’Neill.

Longford County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr Colm Murray welcomed the programme, “This new programme really helps the development of the arts sector here in County Longford by providing young people with a quality introduction to working artists and new artforms. I encourage all TY students thinking of applying to do so.”

Longford County Council Chief Executive Paddy Mahon also commended the introduction of the programme. “We’re committed to providing as much opportunity as possible to our young people, as they make their way in the world, and this is a fantastic way to demonstrate the potential of a life in the arts.”

Artistic Director of Backstage Theatre Mona Considine said, “We here at Backstage are excited by the introduction of this new programme and are delighted to be supporting it by engaging our Artist in Residence Catherine Young to work with the Transition Year Students".

“Transition year is a great time for students to try new experiences and learn something different,” said Acting Arts Officer Shane Crossan. “This is a new programme which will provide opportunities for students who are curious to know more about an artists’ creative process and career.”             

Application forms are available on the Arts section of Eligibility criteria and terms and conditions apply. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Thursday, 19 October.

For further information, check out the Arts section of