Ballymoney celebrates August Craft Month

Craft NI Chief Executive Alan Kane from Coleraine and world renowned ceramic artist Jack Doherty from Portrush launch the tenth August Craft Month with Dohertys exhibition Waypoint at the Market Place Theatre in Armagh in conjunction with the John Hewitt International Summer School.

Craft NI Chief Executive Alan Kane from Coleraine and world renowned ceramic artist Jack Doherty from Portrush launch the tenth August Craft Month with Dohertys exhibition Waypoint at the Market Place Theatre in Armagh in conjunction with the John Hewitt International Summer School.

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Ballymoney is celebrating August Craft Month with a series of festivals, events and workshops taking place throughout the month.

The second ‘Five Artists Show in a Byre’ Exhibition takes place at the Byre at the Old Frosses Road, from August 13 to 29.

This is an exhibition of sculpture, furniture, ceramics and print at the studio of artist and maker, Sharon Adams in a converted cowshed at her farmhouse in the Glarryford/Cloughmills area.

The exhibition features one off work by Sharon, metal artist and blacksmith Eamonn Higgins from Martinstown, furniture maker Noel McCullough from Cloughwater, painter/weaver/printmaker Cecilia Stephens from Portaferry and fine artist Anushiya Sundaralingam from Belfast via Sri Lanka.

Eamonn Higgins will also be hosting an Introduction to Blacksmithing and Blade Smithing at Hot Milk Forge, at his family farm in Martinstown, Glenravel from August 24-26.

There will also be a two day Silver Jewellery Workshop run by tutor Diane Lyness, a chance to make your own necklace, earrings or bracelet at Ballymoney Town Hall from August 5-6.

And this year, the two festivals of craft, Creative Peninsula and Craft Fest have been joined by a new kid on the block, Creative Coast organised by the Causeway Coast Artists Collective.

The NI Year and Food and Drink is recognised in this year’s programme with a number of craft and food related events.

Alan Kane, Chief Executive of Craft NI, who co-ordinates August Craft Month, said the contemporary craft sector continues to grow from strength to strength in Northern Ireland.

He said: “This year’s programme is testament to the incredible diversity and range of talent of Northern Ireland’s contemporary makers. We are delighted that so many artists and venues have signed up for the tenth August Craft Month which promises to be one of the most memorable yet.”

For full details of all August Craft Month events, visit the Craft NI website: www.craftni.org and click on the August Craft Month section. To find out about all the makers and events in your area, click on the interactive craft map.