Workshops - For Young People & Adults

8-Week Creative Writing Course: Wordsmiths (18yrs+) - online

Wednesdays, 7 September to 2 November, 19:15 - 21:15
Cost £64 full or £58 concession for 8 workshops

Join poet and playwright Anne McMaster for an engaging 8-week online course which will guide you through each stage of developing and shaping your writing for publication. You’ll work with original creative stimuli, gain practical experience in giving feedback to other writers’ work (as well as editing your own), gather valuable hints on researching appropriate journals and magazines for your writing, prepare a writer’s biography, and then publish your work in an anthology.

You will be encouraged to explore different literary forms (poetry, memoir, flash fiction, micro fiction and short story writing), you’ll critique and edit your work via online discussions and tutor feedback, and you will be supported and guided each step of the way. You will also be able to contact Anne via email to receive personal editorial feedback on your work.

Anne McMaster has taught creative writing for over 25 years, for stage and page.


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5-Week T'ai Chi (16yrs+)

Thursdays, 15 September - 13 October, 19:00 - 21:00
Cost £45 full or £40 concession for 5 sessions

T’ai Chi and Qigong are primarily about harmony, meditation and balance in our daily lives. In addition to their health and fitness benefits, T’ai Chi and Qigong are traditionally taught as self-cultivation and self-development practices. By embracing the philosophy of harmony and balance you can learn to make every aspect of life happier, healthier and more compassionate.

Please wear comfortable clothes that allow free movement.

Any under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


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6-Week Mixed-Media Course (18yrs+)

Thursdays, 15 September - 20 October, 14:30
Cost £60 full or £54 concession for 6 workshops

Suitable for both beginners and improvers, participants will be introduced to acrylic, watercolour and oil paints through a variety of exercises over this six-week series. Learning about different mediums and styles, participants will be encouraged to complete an artwork in their choice of medium with guidance and advice from artist Lorna Gough.


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Painting for Pleasure at Sheskburn House, Ballycastle

Thursday 22 September to 8 December

7-9pm

Sheskburn House, Ballycastle

Cost: £85 for all twelve sessions


These classes offer participants the opportunity to try out various mediums and ideas in an informal atmosphere with tutor Louie Winward. Please bring your own materials. Numbers limited to 16.

*Entrance to all Sheskburn House workshops is via gym entrance/rear car park.*

Age 18 + .Maximum numbers, 16



Patchwork for beginners at Ballymoney Town Hall

Monday 26 September to 28 November

7-9pm

Ballymoney Town Hall

Cost: £80 for all ten sessions

Hobby patchwork class for beginners with tutor Anne Rickerby. Participants will learn different techniques whilst encouraged to work on their own projects at home. Maximum numbers: 10.



Patchwork for Improvers at Ballymoney Town Hall

Tuesday 27 September to 29 November
7-9pm
Ballymoney Town Hall
Cost: £80 for all ten sessions

Hobby patchwork class for improvers with tutor Anne Rickerby. Participants will learn different techniques whilst encouraged to work on their own projects at home. Maximum numbers, 12.




Painting for Pleasure at Ballymoney Town Hall

Wednesday 28 September to 30 November
10am-12noon
Cost: £80 for all ten sessions

These painting classes offer participants the opportunity to try out various mediums in an informal atmosphere with tutor Freda McKeown. Please bring your own materials. Maximum numbers, 15.


Autumn Leaf Glass Mobile (18yrs+)

Wednesday 5 October, 14:00 - 17:00
Cost £35 full or £32 concession

Participants are asked to bring a cane or driftwood piece to hang their mobile from.

In this half-day workshop with artist Eleanor-Jane McCartney, participants will design and assemble a colourful mobile to catch the beautiful autumn light within your home. You will learn how to cut and assemble glass in a number of forms (sheet glass, frit, stringers and confetti), your glass piece will be made to hang on cane/driftwood - finished fired pieces will be available for collection a week after the workshop.

Please note, participants must wear close-toed shoes.


Enter promo code Student-Unwaged-65+Discount on Eventbrite and click Apply to activate the discount at the online check out. Concession rates apply to students, those aged 65 years and older and those who are unwaged. Please note that you may be asked to supply your student ID or ID at the door of the event when presenting your concession ticket.




Photography Masterclass with Cathal McNaughton (18yrs+) [SOLD OUT]

Saturday 8 October, 10:00 - 13:00

To complement his Reflections exhibition on display at Flowerfield Arts Centre from 10 Sep - 5 Nov, Pulitzer prize-winning photographer Cathal McNaughton will deliver a special one-off masterclass. This is a unique opportunity to find out how a leading photographer approaches, researches and carries out an assignment. You will be set individual tasks on the day and taught how to build a story and create a narrative.

Cathal McNaughton is a multi-award-winning photojournalist currently based in the Glens of Antrim. After winning the Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for his coverage of the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh, Cathal relocated back to Ireland. He is currently the subject of a documentary and is writing his memoir.


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6-Week Fused Glass Tiered Cakestand Course (18yrs+)

Wednesdays, 19 October - 23 November, 14:00 - 17:00
Cost £110 full or £100 concession for 6 workshops

Participants will design and assemble a three-tiered cake stand while learning step-by-step how to cut and assemble glass in various forms (sheet glass, frit, stringers and confetti) and also drill holes in glass. By the end of this six-week series led by Eleanor-Jane McCartney, you will have designed and completed your own unique cake stand, complete with supports. The glass plates will be fired in our Kiln Studio and available for collection a week after the workshop.

Participants must wear close-toed shoes.


Enter promo code Student-Unwaged-65+Discount on Eventbrite and click Apply to activate the discount at the online check out. Concession rates apply to students, those aged 65 years and older and those who are unwaged. Please note that you may be asked to supply your student ID or ID at the door of the event when presenting your concession ticket.



5-Week Throwing Course for Beginners (Series 3)

Wednesdays, 26 October - 23 November, 19:00 - 21.00
Cost £145 full or £130 concession for a series of 5 workshops (includes all materials)

This five-week beginners’ throwing course will teach you the basics of throwing on the pottery wheel including centering, opening out and pulling up which you will be able to use to create a variety of different pots, including mugs and bowls.

You will also learn turning techniques to finish your pots off and techniques to add finer details such as handles and feet. In the last week we will spend the evening adding colour to your pots using a variety of slips. Each participant can use up to two bags of stoneware clay which they can use to make items that will be fired and glazed by the tutor to be collected at a later date.

Please bring an apron and wear clothes that you won’t mind getting a little messy.


Enter promo code Student-Unwaged-65+Discount on Eventbrite and click Apply to activate the discount at the online check out. Concession rates apply to students, those aged 65 years and older and those who are unwaged. Please note that you may be asked to supply your student ID or ID at the door of the event when presenting your concession ticket.


5-Week Throwing Course for Beginners (Series 4) [SOLD OUT]

Thursdays, 27 October - 24 November, 19:00 - 21.00
Cost £145 full or £130 concession for a series of 5 workshops (includes all materials)

This five-week beginners’ throwing course will teach you the basics of throwing on the pottery wheel including centering, opening out and pulling up which you will be able to use to create a variety of different pots, including mugs and bowls.

You will also learn turning techniques to finish your pots off and techniques to add finer details such as handles and feet. In the last week we will spend the evening adding colour to your pots using a variety of slips. Each participant can use up to two bags of stoneware clay which they can use to make items that will be fired and glazed by the tutor to be collected at a later date.

Please bring an apron and wear clothes that you won’t mind getting a little messy.


Enter promo code Student-Unwaged-65+Discount on Eventbrite and click Apply to activate the discount at the online check out. Concession rates apply to students, those aged 65 years and older and those who are unwaged. Please note that you may be asked to supply your student ID or ID at the door of the event when presenting your concession ticket.


4-Week Friel Reimagined Workshops: Translations (18yrs+)

Wednesdays, 2 - 23 November, 19:00 - 21:00

Delivered with kind support from Bruiser Theatre Company and Queen's University Belfast*

Join Bruiser Theatre Company and Queen's University for four workshop sessions exploring Brian Friel’s modern classic, ‘Translations’ (1980). To celebrate the publication of Friel’s digital archive, we invite you to take part in this special workshop series that will explore both playwriting and performance. Friel’s audacious play looked back to the 1830s and a pivotal moment of transformation as Irish placenames were anglicised; his genius was in making such a remote time and place feel alive and relevant in modern society.

The workshops will give you the chance to explore the themes and characters of the play through Bruiser’s active and engaging physical theatre style, and to spend time discussing Friel’s work as a group.

  • Week 1: Introduction to Brian Friel and physical theatre with Bruiser Theatre Company
  • Week 2: Explore the text and themes of Translations
  • Week 3: Develop your own ideas responding to the themes of the play
  • Week 4: Bring it all together - performance, readings and reflections

The ethos of the project is to encourage new audiences to experience theatre - previous experience of acting, or knowledge of Friel’s work is a bonus but is not required.

Limited places available. Please book only if you can attend all four sessions.


5-Week Introduction to Dance Course (16yrs+)

Thursdays, 3 November - 1 December, 19:00 - 21:00
Cost: £54 full or £50 concession for 5 sessions

Try out this brilliant and fun dance class devised and delivered by Philip Johnston for those who want to start dancing and moving for improved health and wellbeing. Whether you’re a complete beginner or more experienced, interested to learn about dance or want to improve your health and well-being, you’ll love dance and feel more confident in your body by the end of this course. Each class features a warm-up followed by technique exercises.

Please wear comfortable clothes that allow free movement.

Any under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


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Ceramic Christmas Gingerbread House (18yrs+)

Saturday 12 November, 10:00 - 14:00
Cost £60 full or £54 concession

A one-day workshop with Ceramic Artist Fiona Shannon who will guide you through designing and making your Christmas gingerbread house which you can use as a centrepiece for your festive table. Designed for beginners, this class will be a fun creative environment to get crafty using a range of clay techniques. Your gingerbread house will be fired to be collected at a later date.

Please bring an apron and wear clothes that you won’t mind getting a little messy.


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Ceramic Christmas Nativity Crib (18yrs+)

Saturday 19 November, 10:00 - 14:00
Cost £60 full or £54 concession

A one-day workshop with Ceramic Artist Fiona Shannon who will guide you through designing and making your very own Crib and Nativity Scene which you can use as a centrepiece for your home this Christmas. Designed for beginners this class will be a fun creative environment to get crafty using a range of clay techniques. Cribs will be fired to be collected at a later date.

Please bring an apron and wear clothes that you won’t mind getting a little messy.


Enter promo code Student-Unwaged-65+Discount on Eventbrite and click Apply to activate the discount at the online check out. Concession rates apply to students, those aged 65 years and older and those who are unwaged. Please note that you may be asked to supply your student ID or ID at the door of the event when presenting your concession ticket.



Silversmithing Workshop: Silver Necklace or Earrings (18yrs+) [SOLD OUT]

Saturday 19 November, 10:00 - 16:00
Cost £60 full or £54 concession

Design and make a unique silver necklace or earrings under the guidance of goldsmith Diane Lyness. Each participant will be taught traditional jewellery making techniques such as piercing, soldering, shaping, texturing and polishing to create a beautiful piece of jewellery to take home. No previous experience is required. All you need to bring is an apron and bundles of enthusiasm!

Please bring a packed lunch.


Enter promo code Student-Unwaged-65+Discount on Eventbrite and click Apply to activate the discount at the online check out. Concession rates apply to students, those aged 65 years and older and those who are unwaged. Please note that you may be asked to supply your student ID or ID at the door of the event when presenting your concession ticket.




Celebrating Leid Week: ‘Love your Language’ Writing Workshop at Sheskburn House, Ballycastle

Thursday 24th November

7- 9pm

At Sheskburn House, Ballycastle (*Entrance to Sheskburn House workshop is via gym entrance/rear car park)

Free but advance booking essential. Maximum numbers, 12.

Join poet and playwright Anne Mc Master in this Leid Week workshop celebrating local speech and language. Whether you’re trying your hand at creative writing for the first time or returning to something you love, you’ll be inspired to gather local and familiar words and develop them through a series of creative prompts into your own original work. Let Anne encourage and inspire you to bring these beautiful words to life.


This activity has received financial support from The Executive Office through the District Council Good Relations Programme.



Watercolours for Beginners (16yrs+)

Thursday 24 November, 10:00 - 12.30
Cost £22 full or £20 concession per session

North Coast Artist Elaine Harkness will teach the basics of watercolour painting and explore experimental mark making with this versatile medium in this one-off workshop. The session is ideal for both beginner and those who wish to develop their painting techniques. You will produce a simple landscape painting bringing together all the skills you have acquired.

Please bring your own set of brushes to the workshop.


Enter promo code Student-Unwaged-65+Discount on Eventbrite and click Apply to activate the discount at the online check out. Concession rates apply to students, those aged 65 years and older and those who are unwaged. Please note that you may be asked to supply your student ID or ID at the door of the event when presenting your concession ticket.



Oil Painting for Beginners (16yrs+)

Saturday 26 November, 10:00 - 12.30

North Coast Artist Elaine Harkness will teach the basics of painting with oils and explore experimental mark making with this versatile medium in this one-off workshop. The session is ideal for both beginner and those who wish to develop their painting techniques. You will produce a simple landscape painting bringing together all the skills you have acquired.

Please bring your own set of brushes to the workshop.


Enter promo code Student-Unwaged-65+Discount on Eventbrite and click Apply to activate the discount at the online check out. Concession rates apply to students, those aged 65 years and older and those who are unwaged. Please note that you may be asked to supply your student ID or ID at the door of the event when presenting your concession ticket.




Celebrating Leid Week: ‘Love your Language’ writing workshop at Ballymoney Town Hall

Saturday 26th November

2-4pm

Ballymoney Town Hall

Free but advance booking essential . Max 12 places.

Join poet and playwright Anne Mc Master in this Leid Week workshop celebrating local speech and language. Whether you’re trying your hand at creative writing for the first time or returning to something you love, you’ll be inspired to gather local and familiar words and develop them through a series of creative prompts into your own original work. Let Anne encourage and inspire you to bring these beautiful words to life.

This activity has received financial support from The Executive Office through the District Council Good Relations Programme.


Christmas Angel Glass Mobile (18yrs+)

Wednesday 7 December, 14:00 - 17:00
Cost £35 full or £32 concession

Participants are asked to bring a cane or driftwood piece to hang their mobile from.

In this half-day workshop led by Eleanor-Jane McCartney, participants will design and assemble a colourful angel mobile. Participants will learn how to cut and assemble glass in a number of forms (sheet glass, frit, stringers and confetti), your glass piece will be made to hang on cane/driftwood and will be fired in our kiln ready for collection a week after the workshop.

Participants must wear close-toed shoes.


Enter promo code Student-Unwaged-65+Discount on Eventbrite and click Apply to activate the discount at the online check out. Concession rates apply to students, those aged 65 years and older and those who are unwaged. Please note that you may be asked to supply your student ID or ID at the door of the event when presenting your concession ticket.



Jewellery workshop (silver linked bracelet) at Ballymoney Town Hall

Saturday 17 December

10am-4pm

Ballymoney Town Hall

Cost £60 including all materials

Design and make your own unique silver linked bracelets under the guidance of goldsmith Diane Lyness. Choose from a range of designs or create your own. Each participant will learn traditional jewellery-making techniques such as piercing, soldering, shaping, texturing and polishing to create a beautiful piece of jewellery to take home. No previous experience is required. Materials provided. All you need to bring is an apron and bundles of enthusiasm! Advance booking recommended to ensure a place. Maximum places, 10. Cost: £60 per workshop, includes materials



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