Celebrating Leitrim’s shopfronts and their cultural heritage
SHOPTALK is a Leitrim County Council Heritage project, funded by Creative Ireland. The project aims to celebrate the traditional shopfronts of Leitrim by documenting them and by looking at the people, stories and events associated with these important social spaces. Photographer Brian Farrell and journalist Marese MacDonagh were commissioned to document traditional shopfronts across Leitrim through photography and by recording the social narratives associated with each shop. The SHOPTALK exhibition consists of eight panels celebrating eight shopfronts from across the County. The SHOPTALK publication documenting 24 traditional shopfronts across Leitrim can be viewed here:
A temporary shop called SHOPTALK, which was curated by artist Vanya Lambrecht Ward, was opened in Carrick-on-Shannon during Heritage Week August 2019. The shop served as an exhibition, library and activities space as well as a meeting place for collecting and sharing stories and holding talks around the value of Leitrim’s shops and their facades. People were encouraged to come into the shop and share stories and ideas, try their hand at signwriting or tiles design or find information at a specially curated library.