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Art for all this August

21/07/2017

August offers up an abundance of artistic activities for culture lovers of all ages at the FE McWilliam Gallery and Studio, Banbridge.


August offers up an abundance of artistic activities for culture lovers of all ages at the FE McWilliam Gallery and Studio, Banbridge.

 

Children can get creative with a host of workshops guaranteed to spark their imagination starting on Thursday 3 August when artist Hazel Boland creates a world of wonder with a Fairies, Elves & Troll Garden workshop. Using clay, fabrics and wools, kids can create their own enchanted creatures and design a magical kingdom for the bottom of the garden. Workshops for children aged 4 – 6 years will run from 10am – 12pm and 7 – 11 years from 2pm – 4pm. Cost is £5 per child and booking is essential.

 

On Friday 4 August Paint it, Print Postcards is a workshop taking inspiration from the current exhibition ‘Eddie Rafferty: The Pursuit of Happiness’ led by artist Ann Feely. Children will enjoy experimenting with different mark making techniques while creating their unique summer postcards. Workshops for children aged 6 – 8 years will run from 10am – 12pm and 9 – 11 years from 2pm – 4pm. Cost is £5 per child and booking is essential.

 

Hazel Boland returns with a Japanese themed Carp Windsock workshop on Thursday 10 August. Using a variety of coloured papers and streamers children will design a vibrant traditional Koinobori windsock ready to whip through the air, blow in the wind and sparkle in the sun. Workshops for children aged 4 – 6 years will run from 10am – 12pm and 7 – 11 years from 2pm – 4pm. Cost is £5 per child and booking is essential.

 

The Can Do Academy will be bringing Lego to life with an amazing animation workshops on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 August. Discover how to make a full animated Lego character movie using iPads. Create sound and visual effects with title sequences, develop storylines and learn about the basics of film making and animation techniques. The workshops are suitable for 8 – 12 year olds and offer sessions at 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm each day. Cost is £5 per child and booking is essential.

 

Renowned art historian Amanda Croft will be giving an exhibition talk entitled ‘Eddie Rafferty: Materials and Techniques’, on Tuesday 15 August at 7.30pm. The talk offers a close look at individual works from the exhibition and reveals Rafferty’s use of a range of techniques and materials, from drawing, etching and painting to the use of collage, newspapers, photographs and found objects. The talk costs £5 or £3 for Friends of McWilliam members on presentation of a Friend’s card.

 

Eddie Rafferty: The Pursuit of Happiness, continues until 2 September and is open to the public Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm and Sunday 1pm – 5pm. For a more in-depth insight into the artist and his work the gallery guides will share some of the fascinating stories behind Eddie’s art with free tours on Saturday 19 and Wednesday 23 August at 11am. Booking is not required.

 

The gallery and café are offering extended opening hours from 1 – 5pm each Sunday until 27 August giving you even more time to enjoy the cultural creativity on offer.

 

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 and Sunday 1pm – 5pm or E: info@femcwilliam.com. Details on all activities and exhibitions can be found at www.femcwilliam.com or www.facebook.com/femcwilliamgallery


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