Turning Creative Ideas Into Reality In Ards


Artists, community workers and volunteers can learn how to turn their community arts ideas into reality with a one day event management workshop organised by Ards Borough Council.

dn_screenExperienced community arts practitioner and partner of Seedhead Arts, Adam Turkington, will explore the ideology behind community arts, why we do it and what value there is in it, as well as providing practical advice on how to manage an event, fund raising, marketing and policy and procedures.

Amy McKelvey, Community Arts Development Officer with Ards Borough Council, is encouraging local people to make the most of the learning opportunity: “This training will be beneficial to community workers and volunteers as well as community arts practitioners and I encourage people to sign up. Adam has a wealth of experience having worked in the field for nearly 20 years with top clients including the Belfast Waterfront, the Ulster Hall and Culture Night Belfast. The day will also be a great opportunity to brainstorm and workshop ideas and will be both informative and inspiring for all involved”.

Course Facilitator Adam Turkington said: “Event Management isn’t just about setting out chairs and taping down wires, there’s a curatorial aspect of event management which is often lost.

“Too often people do events because they’ve worked somewhere else or that’s what they’ve always done so I hope to pull people right back to asking why?

“When you break everything down to that question it changes the dynamic of the planning process and leads to more effective and impactful events.”

The workshop takes place on Wednesday 12 November 2014, 9.30am – 4.30pm at Ards Arts Centre.

The course costs £15 (includes lunch) and can be booked online at:


or by calling Ards Art Centre on 028 9181 0803.