Belfast Telegraph

Time to get crafty in all Ards and parts

By Liz Baird

Ards Peninsula, Various venues, Friday, August 5 until Sunday, August14

The Creative Peninsula, Northern Ireland’s premier art and craft event is, unbelievably, in its 10th year, and as always will have studio workshops, open studios, exhibitions and artists talks.

To kick the whole thing off there will be Craft In The Square, an open-air event which features numerous artists and makers showing their work, giving demonstrations and getting creative with younger people, (children need to be over six). There will be the opportunity to explore the art of paper-making using plant fibres and natural dyes, with Angela George, or to design and make your own individual bookmark with Shauna Magowan, or even create a clay printing stamp with the help of Geraldine Cooper.

This should be a great day out with at least 17 artists taking part, live music and a picnic area. In all, there will be five exhibitions in different venues on the peninsula and the largest of these will run until the end of August in the Georgian Gallery in the Ards Arts Centre. It will feature work by some of the finest artists and designer/makers in the peninsula and pieces will include, amongst other things, ceramics, sculpture, paintings and prints.

One of the must-do events on offer will be the Studio Coach Tours where you can sit back and be transported to a number of artists studios, see them at work, chat with them and perhaps even have a cup of coffee.

Tours will take place tomorrow and next Saturday and cost £20 per person, which includes a light lunch. This is a very popular event so book quickly. There are so many things going on that it’s well worth getting a programme. To find out more contact Ards Tourist Information on, tel: 028 9182 6846 or visit

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