Try Your Hand At Pottery Print Making And More In Ards And North Down

You are invited to ‘try your hand at making’ in a special tour of Ards and North Down’s creative studios and experience a flavour of what’s on offer at this year’s Creative Peninsula – a series of events that give visitors a rare opportunity to see and engage with local artists and makers.

The event takes place from Friday 31 July to Sunday 9 August:unnamed-2

The tour will take place on Thursday 23 July 2015 and will visit:

*  Karl Harron’s studio, Loughries, 11am – 11:45am

*  Patricia Millar ceramics, Ballywalter, 12pm– 1pm

*  Lunch will be provided between 1pm-2pm at Pier36, Donaghadee , situated right on the quayside of one of the most picturesque harbours on the coast.

*  Seacourt print studio, Bangor , 2.30pm – 3.30pm

*  Project 24, Bangor , 3.45pm – 4.15pm

You will get to meet, interview and photograph or film artists and makers in their own studios, plus have the opportunity to try your hand at glass art, pottery, print making, painting and more.

The tour will depart from the Town Hall, The Castle, Bangor, BT20 4BT at 10.30am.

Alternatively media can join us for part of the tour but will be required to make their own travel arrangements.

To reserve a place on this exclusive tour contact Laura Watson on 028 91824021 / 07500 118 555 :or email Seacourt is an artist print studio located at The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking in Bangor. The centre offers access to the widest range of printmaking techniques in Ireland. All levels of age and ability are catered for and facilitators are highly skilled professional artists who pride themselves on providing a supportive, structured process through which to learn new skills and express oneself. Robert Peters, Creative Director will give a tour of the facilities followed by resident printmakers giving a short introduction to a printmaking technique that members of the media can also try for themselves.

Patricia Millar is a ceramicist based in Ballywalter. She worked as a teacher at Comber Primary School for 25 years prior to resigning to pursue her love of ceramics. Her work has been selected for the Royal Ulster Academy and she is one of only a handful of Northern Ireland based potters who have been selected to take part in the the Galway Potters’ Market as part of the Galway International Arts Festival in July 2015. She is a member of a group of ceramicists, Fireland, who have just completed their first solo exhibition in the Loft Gallery, Portaferry. Patricia welcomes a visit to her studio and invites everyone to have a go at some potting.

Karl Harron is a contemporary maker who has established professional glass studios, authored accredited glass courses and continues to facilitate international master classes as part of his professional practice. His work is held in Private, Corporate and Public Collections throughout the world. Karl is looking forward to welcoming you to his studio and demonstrating the art of hot glass making.

Project 24 is a regeneration project that has transformed a disused and derelict space at Queen’s Parade in the centre of Bangor and turned it into a colourful and creative site used by artists, visitors, and the community. Managed by Ards and North Down Borough Council, Project 24 is now supporting its third intake of artists in the 12 studios (or ‘pods’) on site. Project 24 residents welcome you to visit and try some of their many artistic technique