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Photo: Hand carved and jointed ‘Gigi’ wooden cats; Maker: David Cousley; Photo credit: Craft NI

The Clay Club

Island Arts Centre The Island, Lisburn

A 5 week workshop where young participants can try there hand at modelling, hand-building, coiling and then get to grips with slips, glazes and decorating. Resulting work will be fired in the kiln. Workshop dates: Saturday 23, 30 April; 14, 28 May and  4 June. Suitable for 6 - 16yrs.


Make silver staking rings

Island Arts Centre The Island, Lisburn

With guidance from goldsmith, Diane Lyness, participants will make a pair of silver stacking rings which they can add colour to with semi-precious stones. Traditional jewellery making techniques such as piercing, soldering, shaping, texturing and polishing will be taught so that they can choose the techniques to use to make their rings truly individual and … Continue reading Make silver staking rings


Folk Art Embroidery

Island Arts Centre The Island, Lisburn

This 6 week course is for experienced and beginner stitchers alike.  Join tutor Linda O’Kane and learnt to use fairly simple stitches to create a piece of needlework. Your work can then be framed or made into a bag or cushion afterwards. The design, inspired by the paintings of Ukrainian Folk Artist Maria Prymachenko, is stitched … Continue reading Folk Art Embroidery


Clay Capers

Island Arts Centre The Island, Lisburn

Halloween is coming - why not give the potter’s wheel a whirl and learn how to throw killer shapes, and combine hand building techniques to model one-off creations with tutor Andrea McCullough Alderdice? Decorate your work with designs of your choice, perhaps go for kooky cats or spooky bats? Suitable for children ages 6-11.


Ceramic Figurative Sculpture

Island Arts Centre The Island, Lisburn

The Great Pottery Throwdown finalist, Anna McGurn, will guide you in the creation of sculptural figures, essentially taking a lump of clay and turning it into something with character and personality. Anna’s figures seem to take on their own temperament, she can show individuality in a stance; superiority in a look; charm in a smile, … Continue reading Ceramic Figurative Sculpture


Felt & silk scarf workshop

Island Arts Centre The Island, Lisburn

Design and make a unique, glamorous scarf combining sumptuous silk georgette with extra fine merino wool. Working in a grid pattern participants will create a lattice effect and then lightly felt the fabrics: the finished scarf will be sheer, lightweight, luxurious and have an elegant drape. Please bring a packed lunch.


Beginner’s Knitting Course – Fingerless Mitts

Island Arts Centre The Island, Lisburn

Beginner’s Knitting Course - Fingerless Mitts with Casey Rubenok Wed 7 & 14 Dec, 6.30-9pm Over two evenings you will make a pair of fingerless mitts, learning all the basics of knitting along the way: how to knit, purl, cast on and bind off as well as seaming and weaving in the ends of your … Continue reading Beginner’s Knitting Course – Fingerless Mitts


Origami workshop

Island Arts Centre The Island, Lisburn

Mark the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rabbit learning about origami, the art of folding paper.  Chinese artist Jean Jing will show you how to make your own 2D and 3D forms, including bunnies of course. Suitable for children from 6-11 years.


Embellish textiles workshop

Island Arts Centre The Island, Lisburn

At this course you will learn how to personalise your clothes by adding decorative details under the guidance of tutor Linda O'Kane. All sewing will be done by hand and involves simple techniques. In the first week you will learn the different techniques, then you can decide what you have at home that you could … Continue reading Embellish textiles workshop


Ceramic tiles workshop

Island Arts Centre The Island, Lisburn

Eleanor Wheeler is known for her architectural and sculptural ceramics. During her exhibition at Island Arts Centre take this opportunity to work with her as you create your own set of tiles. Take inspiration from Eleanor’s work on show as she guides you in the use of stoneware clay along with oxides and decorating slips. Influenced … Continue reading Ceramic tiles workshop


Family Pottery Workshop

Island Arts Centre The Island, Lisburn

Coil build a family fruit bowl. All hands to the banding wheel as you spin your way to creating a family masterpiece. This workshop aims to provide interactive, creative fun for all the family. Enjoy getting stuck into wonderful tactile clay and experiment with shapes and forms in a sharing, welcoming environment. Please note, a family … Continue reading Family Pottery Workshop



Island Arts Centre The Island, Lisburn

Re Connected is an exhibition exploring creativity and colour while living with acquired brain injury. Rachel Fitzpatrick is a designer and maker working at the interfaces of art, design and social practice. Re-Connectedexplores the artist’s reconnection with creativity and colour after her recovery from a neurological disorder and learning to live with an acquired brain … Continue reading Re-Connected

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