Creative Peninsula 2017

Posted by Ards Arts Centre|29 June 2017| in Press

Creative Peninsula is Northern Ireland’s premier celebration of Art and Craft. Now in its 16th year, this thriving  event brings together local artists and craftspeople to demonstrate their skills and showcase their work.

Taking place from  Friday 4 until Sunday 13 August 2017 the Creative Peninsula, organised by Ards and North Down Borough Council, offers a range of free and bookable opportunities for people of all ages and levels of experience to see, learn about and even ‘try their hand’ at some of the many art and craft forms that are practiced in the local area.  

The 10 days of creativity starts with ‘Craft in the Square’ at Conway Square in Newtownards on Friday 4 August.  For one day only the space will be transformed into a creative hub with more than 35 artists and makers displaying and selling their work and talking about what inspires them.  Free demonstrations including silver jewellery design, watercolour painting, linocutting and woodturning will run throughout the day.

Also, don’t miss a visit to Bangor Castle Walled Garden for an Alfresco Afternoon on Sunday 6 August (12pm - 4pm) when a host of local artists, wood turners and makers will be giving free demonstrations for everyone to enjoy!

Another favourite not to be missed is Arts Night at the Museum on Friday 11 August.  Every nook and cranny of North Down Museum will be filled with arts activity to experience, participate in or observe. 

And make sure to visit the exhibitions taking place at Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards, and North Down Museum, Bangor to view the fantastic Creative Peninsula exhibitions featuring exclusive works by the finest artists and makers from across the Ards and North Down borough.  

If you would like to have a go at getting creative yourself, then why not book on to one of the many workshops taking place at Ards Arts Centre, as well as at the artist's own studios. More information can be found in the Creative Peninsula programme.

Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Robert Adair, said:

“With one of the largest concentrations of artists and craftspeople living and working in Northern Ireland, Ards and North Down is home to a thriving creative industry. The Creative Peninsula gives visitors the unique opportunity to see some of the very best of local arts and crafts, and to meet and engage with the makers behind the pieces.”

You can pick up a programme or find out more information on all the events on offer from Ards Arts Centre, Ards Crafts and North Down Museum, at any of the local visitor information centres (Ards, Bangor, Groomsport and Portaferry) or by contacting Ards Arts Centre on 028 9181 0803.

Alternatively you can download a Creative Peninsula programme here:


Tickets for some of the events taking place during Creative Peninsula can be booked via the Ticketsource link at the top of this page.

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