Come along to Craft and Skills Day at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum and join in with the launch of the 2015/16 Creative Arts & Crafts programme. Set in the authentic early 1900s Ballycultra town visitors will be able to view the finished pieces made in the adult classes and chat to the tutors about the processes involved. The range of classes available include felt making, chalk art, gold work, natural dyeing, knife making, willow work, hearth baking, blacksmithing and paper making amongst others.
This year, the Museum is inviting local artists such as Iris Belshaw, James Adair, Robert Kernohan, Clive Lyttle and Helen Harty amongst others to demonstrate their skills in master saddlery, silver-smithing, wood turning, glass work, leather work, ceramics and furniture making. You will be able to see how the artists design and create their bespoke pieces some of which will be available to purchase. The Newtownards Doll’s House Society and Seacourt Print will also be showcasing their work.
The six Northern Ireland Guilds will be attending the event displaying their work in lace-making, spinning, embroidery, beadwork, machine knitting and patchwork. These pieces will be available for sale in the Craft Marketplace.
Visitors can obtain Free Entry on the day and priority booking for the classes during the event. You will find a voucher at the back of the Creative Arts & Crafts Booklet which should be handed in to staff on the day.
Booklet and admission voucher are available to download from the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum website.