OPEN CALL - Linen Lab

FE McWilliam Gallery seeks proposals from artists, designers and researchers who wish to participate in the Linen Lab project. This year-long programme of innovative creative collaboration and engagement will culminate in a gallery exhibition in Autumn 2019.


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Paper Quilling workshop unfolds at FE McWilliam Gallery

The FE McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge, is delighted to have renowned local artist and designer Rachel Fitzpatrick sharing her expertise with a fabulous three-week course showcasing the classic art of Quilling from 7 – 9pm on Thursday 26 April, 3 May and 10 May 2018.

Ceramic Flax Flowers at the F.E. McWilliam Gallery

A new stream of blue flows through the Sculpture Garden at the F.E. McWilliam Gallery as the Flax Flower, Community Arts Project comes to completion.

Put a spring in your step at FE McWilliam Gallery this April

Spring has sprung at the FE McWilliam Gallery & Studio, Banbridge, and with it comes a new selection of inspirational adult workshops guaranteed to get your creativity blooming.

FE McWilliam Gallery and Studio goes from strength to strength

Since opening in September 2008 the FE McWilliam Gallery and Studio in Banbridge has been renowned as a world-class arts facility, and its reputation as a must see attraction continues to grow highlighted by the ever increasing numbers of visitors to the Banbridge venue. Welcoming up to 50,000 visitors annually, the gallery, which was recently declared a 4 Star Visitor Attraction by Tourism Northern Ireland, hosts high quality exhibitions and a year round arts programme.

Pick up the perfect present when Christmas Crafts comes to the FE McWilliam Gallery

Anyone seeking that special Christmas gift need look no further than the FE McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge, when Christmas Crafts comes to town on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 December 2017.

Ghostly goings-on at the Gallery this Halloween

It’s no tricks and all treats at the FE McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge this Halloween with a host of hauntingly fabulous happenings for grisly girls and ghastly guys.

Autumnal Arts at FE McWilliam Gallery & Studio

 As autumn draws in the FE McWilliam Gallery & Studio, Banbridge will make sure the leaves on the trees are not the only thing bursting with colour as they announce a host of wonderful workshops and artistic activities for October and November.


On Wednesday 11 October Romaine Hodgen from Flowerworks will facilitate a floristry workshop which will be inspired by the current exhibition, Margaret Clarke, An Independent Spirit.  This two hour workshop will take place from 7pm – 9pm and costs £20 and will bring participants from start to completion of a bespoke autumn arrangement.  Participants should bring a pair of secateurs; all other materials will be provided. 


Fionna Barber, a Reader in Art History in the Manchester School of Art, originally from Belfast, will be giving an exhibition talk on Thursday 12 October at 7.30pm. Fionna’s research interests are contemporary and twentieth century Irish visual culture, issues of nation, memory and identity and gender performativity in twentieth century modernism.  During this lecture Fionna will discuss her latest research on Margaret Clarke.  The talk costs £5 or £3 for Friends of McWilliam members on presentation of a Friend’s card.


On Saturday 14 October Naomi Whan makes a welcome return to the gallery with a Needle Felt workshop.  Using basic needle felting techniques participants will get the chance to experiment with colour and texture and learn about the tools and materials needed for this craft to produce a colourful character, brooch or beautiful picture. The workshop runs from 10am – 4pm and costs £25 including all materials. The workshop will be repeated on Saturday 18 November.


In conjunction with the current exhibition, artist Leanne Mullen will be delivering a five week drawing class each Wednesday from 18 October until 15 November, 7 – 9pm.  Participants will explore techniques of drawing, focusing on still life, figure drawing and portraiture.  The workshop costs £50, own materials must be provided.


Local artist Jane Mathers will be leading a three week ‘Framed Textile Illustrations’ workshop beginning on Thursday 19 October until Thursday 2 November from 7pm – 9pm.  Participants will explore the creative use of both machine and hand embroidery techniques to create decorative textile illustrations of Northern Ireland’s famous landmarks. The workshop costs £30 and is suitable for both beginners and the more experienced. 

As a new initiative the gallery will be introducing Baby Sensory Art on Tuesday 3 October and Tuesday 7 November from 11am – 11.30am.  This colourful creative workshop designed for babies aged 0-2 years will explore painting, colour, pattern and a variety of different textures to help develop little imaginations.  The workshop is free however numbers are limited so booking is essential.


The ever-popular Toddler Tuesday continues on Tuesday 24 October & Tuesday 14 November with artist Deborah Malcomson leading an imaginative arts masterclass aimed at children aged 2 - 5 years. Taking inspiration from the current exhibition this fun and friendly workshop is guaranteed to bring out the little artists’ creative flare. This free event will take place from 2pm – 3pm and numbers are limited so booking is essential.


On Tuesday 7 November the Friends of the Gallery will host ‘Colin Davidson in Conversation’.  Colin Davidson is a contemporary artist, living and working near Belfast, who is renowned for his grand scale portraits which have won widespread recognition and many international awards. His numerous sitters range from Liam Neeson to Angela Merkel and most recently he painted an official portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, which was unveiled in November 2016.  The talk costs £5 or £3 for Friends of McWilliam members on presentation of a Friend’s card.


The current exhibition, Margaret Clarke, An Independent Spirit, continues until 18 November. The exhibition is open to the public Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm, however for a more in-depth insight to the artist and her work guided tours are available on Saturday 21 and Wednesday 25 October and Saturday 11 November and Wednesday 15 November at 11am. Booking is not required.


For further information or to book a place on any of the events contact F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio on T: 028 4062 3322 Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm or E: Details on all activities and exhibitions can be found at or

The Gallery Remains Star Attraction

The F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio, has achieved 4 star Tourism Northern Ireland grading for the 3rd consecutive year.