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UUB 2nd Year Ceramics, Jewellery and Silversmithing ExhibitionExhibitions
The Ulster University Second Year Ceramics, Jewellery and Silversmithing Exhibition at the The Duncairn.
Exhibition preview tonight: Thursday 24th May from 6pm to 8pm.
Dates: Thursday 24 May to Friday 8 June 2018.
Bladesmithing workshop in the MournesWorkshops
This basic bladesmithing or knife making workshop covers the fundamentals of forging, grinding and heat-treating a blade. No experience is needed and the class will guide you through:
- Using a gas forge
- Forging the blade to shape
- Blade shaping, using grinder file and abrasive paper
- Heat treating
- Blade finishing, sharpening, and edge testing
Date & Time: 29 July 2018, 10am to 4pm.
Spinning Yarns Festival, at Antrim Castle GardensExhibitions,Fairs,Workshops
A Festival of Colour Creativity and Craft – Set in the stunning ANTRIM CASTLE GARDENS & CLOTWORTHY HOUSE Spinning Yarns is a ‘must do’ event for those passionate about yarn or simply seeking a great day out. Spinning Yarns is a two day festival celebrating the wonderful world of all things associated with wool & linen where we will showcase the colour, creativity and craft associated with these homespun yarns in all their forms.
Dates: 1-2 September 2018, 10am-6pm.
Material Language ExhibitionExhibitions
Material Language is a collaborative exhibition between four makers, who are commenting on our relationship with objects -hand-made, mass-manufactured or through nostalgia and memory.
Chris Banks, Elaine McCully andRhiannon Ewing – James are bound by a fascination with the stuff of everyday life. They each recognise the ability of certain objects and materials to resonate with meaning – memories of childhood, domestic routines and the human touch – that is, both a physical and aesthetic ‘touch.’ It is often the most ordinary objects that can induce the most nostalgia, and a desire to hoard, collect and arrange meaningfully. Each artist has a distinct approach to conveying the ‘language’ of material. Each firmly believes it is a commonly spoken and understood language. They invite you to look at the artworks, and find fresh eyes for looking again at the ‘ordinary.’
Dates: 19 May - 15 June 2018
YOU are invited to play your part in PROCESSIONS – one of the largest participatory artworks ever created. Produced by Artichoke and commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, PROCESSIONS marks 100 years since some women in the UK won the vote. It was a big moment and we are celebrating it in a really big way. On Sunday 10th June 2018, join thousands of women to form four epic PROCESSIONS in the four political capitals of the UK – Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London.
Women and girls, those who identify as women and non-binary individuals of all ages and backgrounds, are invited to create four living portraits of women today and walk with banners, pennants and flags they have made to express the lives, ideas and hopes of women in the 21st century.
Makers Market NI - Summer Craft FairFairs
The Makers Market NI Summer fair returns to Belmont Tower Belfast on Saturday 16th June 2018.
Craft in the CountrysideWorkshops
Enjoy a fantastic full day of crafting and food in the midst of the Antrim countryside with Crafty Adventures.
FUSED, The Art of Craft Exhibition 2018Exhibitions
The Art of Craft Exhibition 2018 - 'Fused'
Northern Irish ceramic artist Caroline Getty exhibits her new 3-dimensional ceramics and linen works for the first time in Armagh. The Art of Craft is an annual exhibition at the Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre showcasing the work of experienced makers and artists producing high quality craft and art works. Caroline’s new work also forms part of Northern Ireland’s first Linen Biennale 2018 celebrating the past, present and future landscape of linen in Northern Ireland.
Dates: 18 May to 14 July 2018.
2- Day Pit Firing Workshop with Patricia MillarWorkshops
Through demonstrations, tutoring and hands-on work, the workshop will take you through all the stages in the ancient technique of Pit Firing.
Dates: Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 June 2018
North Down Craft Collective - Maypole MarketFairs
Holywood has the only surviving maypole in Ireland and is still used every year on May Day. Join the North Down Craft Collective this May Day at their Maypole Market, where they will have a host of designer/makers showcasing a range of locally handmade craft.
This months charity partner is Lagan Dragons and the £1 entrance fee will go directly to the charity.
Date & Time: 12 May 2018, 10am - 4pm
Craft & Curiosity Market - LisburnFairs
The Craft & Curiosity Market is back at R-Space Gallery!
The gallery and courtyard will be transformed into a vintage market with beautiful craft, retro, upcycled goods and delicious food.
Daytime Market: 12 - 6pm
Evening event: 6 - 9pmDate: Saturday 12 May 2018
Meet The Maker - Elin JohnstonFairs,Talks
Artist/Maker Elin Johnston presents early ‘new work in progress’ as part of her new project ‘Narrowing The Distance – Linen Inspirations’ alongside R-Space Gallery’s Craft & Curiosity Market in Lisburn. Elin says- “....sharing my work and practice is always a pleasure and I do hope all will find it of interest, insight, and value.....”
Lasting Impressions, an exhibition of extraordinary objects, designed and crafted with integrity and ingenuity that will become the heirlooms of tomorrow.
Dates: 27 April 2018 to 4 July 2018
Spring Fling 2018Exhibitions,Open Studios
Northern Irish printmaker Gail Kelly selected to take part in Spring Fling 2018 - highly regarded as one of the UK’s most successful contemporary visual art and craft events.
Made:Grown is Rachel Leary's first solo show. The exhibition includes a range of ceramic artworks from Rachel Leary’s experience with clay since she discovered ‘Egyptian Faience’. This is a self-glazing, clay and glass based material which Rachel has adapted to be either sculpted or left to move freely within the kiln. Inspired by the unique and uncommon material and her interest in organic form, texture and colour, Rachel’s work represents the juxtaposition between man-made and the organic world, depicting the static against natural growth. Alongside new work, the sculptures displayed were created during significant times of Rachel’s practice, including her Master’s degree and residencies in Denmark and Canada.
Opening night: 3 May 2018, 7-9pm
Dates: 3 - 24 May 2018.
The Big Red ButtonExhibitions
Ever thought about Armageddon? beginning to worry about who has their finger near the button? Get hints and tips for survival from The Belfast Artists Paper Society, or not...
Date & Time: Thursday 3 May 2018, 7 - 9pm
Make a Silver Bangle with Robyn GalwayWorkshops
Bangle One Day Weekend Workshop
This workshop will take you through the basics of how to make a bangle from piercing and filing your materials to soldering and polishing. The aim is for you to leave with a bangle with your own personal finish. Lunch and silver are included in the price, all you need to bring is some creative ideas. The workshops run from 12 – 5pm.
Dates: Saturday 21 April 2018 and Sunday 11 November 2018
Blick Academy for Creative Startups: How to Transform Your Business with a Simple Newsletter with Little Pink KitchenWorkshops,Talks
Blick Academy is an ongoing series of events and workshops for creative industry start-ups, freelancers and small businesses all about sharing skills and knowledge within the creative community. Join us for this session with Sarah Patterson from Little Pink Kitchen as she shares her tips on how to make your businesses newsletters engaging and bring real impact to your business.
Date & Time: Tuesday 29 May 2018, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Blick Academy for Creative Startups: How to Make Connections & Build Your NetworkWorkshops,Talks
Blick Academy is an ongoing series of events and workshops for creative industry start-ups, freelancers and small businesses all about sharing skills and knowledge within the creative community. Join us for this session with Peter Edgar, Mark O’Donnell & Orla McGreevy as they share their tips and advice on how best to make meaningful connections & build your network to help your business grow.
Date & Time: Tuesday 24 April 2018, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Antrim & Newtownabbey Craft Sector EventTalks
Are you an Artist/Designer/Maker living in the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Area?
If yes, then this event may be of interest to you.
GROW South Antrim is working with partners in Finland, Estonia and Mexico on a project to support rural craftspeople in the Borough of Antrim and Newtownabbey through the NI Rural Development Programme (2014 – 2020). The project may involve craft skills development and exchanges, and access to international marketplaces. For this project, we are keen to target craft businesses, or those carrying out craft with the potential of turning their hobby/craft practice into a part-time or full time business.
Date & Time: Thursday 19 April 2018, 7pm