Monday, 18 June 2018

Criunnú na nÓg in Ardagh this Saturday



Schedule of Events:
(unless we get 'Midired' )

We'll be here from 12pm to 5pm, come and stay the day or just pop in and play a while.

Fairy/Fairy letter hunt
At your leisure and the fairies' pleasure.

Face painting with Mary Smyth
12pm to 5pm.
(with an odd little run around the garden, have a cup of tea break with the fairies for Mary)

Storytime with Daire the Oak Tree Fairy
Hear how Brí Leith got it's name and other myths and magic, write or tell your own magical tale in the story circle - 12pm
(If Daire comes. Fairies do what they like and at a whim they change their minds but he said he will be here and Oaks are known for being reliable)

Creative Art time!
Create a Brí Leith or Tree Fairy inspired art work in Batik, Clay and Painting workshops:
  • Batik 12.30pm
  • Clay 2.00pm
  • Painting 3.45pm

Dramatic Fairies
Take part in a drama involving Brí Leith's most famous residents Midir and Etain. 3pm

Woodland Games
Play woodland games and dressing up at your leisure and the fairies' pleasure. Play all day, every day. What else would you be doing?

Picnics
Don't forget to bring your own picnic to enjoy in the garden beside all the Presidents' Trees. (Ask Daire he'll tell you all about them, if we can find him, fairies are elusive.)

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

EIlish Creamer exhibition and teacher pack launch

We are delighted to have the opportunity to exhibit the works of Granard-native Eilish Creamer. The exhibition is opening in conjunction with the launch of a teacher pack and website based on Eilish's work tomorrow night, Wednesday 18th April at 7.30pm. All welcome.

The '...and where are you from? Art of Longford Townlands' teacher pack is designed to be used with the website http://longfordtownlandsart.blogspot.ie thanks to the support of Creative Ireland's Longford Committee.

The project started when Creative Ardagh were approached by Eilish with her vision for an art project to enable students to 'increase their cultural identity and imagination by application of history and folklore to art'.

Eilish's own work had led her to explore the unique shapes of the townlands around the county on maps and with her local knowledge she began to see images in the shapes. Her recent paintings feature stories from local legends, folklore and history.

The teacher pack and accompanying website can be used as inspiration for a similar project in your local area. Inside you will find local history resources, lesson plans for introducing the project and ideas for a variety of interpretations in different media including drawing, paint and colour, fabric and fibre, clay and printing. All of this is linked to the primary school curriculum but the open-endedness of the project allows for adaptation for secondary school and adult groups also. 






Friday, 6 April 2018

Scéalta Beo coming in August

A new storytelling and mythology event in the Midlands

We are very, very excited to be able to announce that Creative Ardagh will be hosting a unique storytelling and mythology event this August 11th and 12th. Scéalta Beo will have a diverse programme for adults, teens and families including workshops and performances over the two days. Some of our panel of international storytellers and mythology experts have been working on new pieces on Midir and Etain especially for their appearances. The weekend promises to be an extremely memorable occasion. Watch this space for full details coming soon.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Midir and Etain in Wonderland

Our popular Easter egg hunt Midir and Etain in Wonderland returns on Easter Monday 2nd April at 3pm, €10 per child includes art workshop and egg hunt and free tea/coffee for accompanying adult.  Family discounts available.

Alice is revisiting the Wonderland of Ardagh, home of Midir and Etain. Is Fuamnach really the Red Queen or is Midir the Mad Hatter? Come along and join the White Rabbit in the quest for the way into Tir na nÓg and you might even find some eggs. Be inspired by the story and let your imagination run wild in the art workshop, help to paint the roses red or follow the White Rabbit down the burrow. Lots more family fun too.

Booking essential. Buy tickets online below or contact us to book on 086 3027602, 086 1717925 or by email to creativeardagh@gmail.com.

Thanks to Mary Smyth for the beautiful poster design and to our model Alice (Lily-May).


Tickets

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Annual Indoor Craft Fair next Sunday

Come along for the biggest craft fair yet in Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre from 12pm to 5pm on Sunday 18th March. Lots of stalls with handmade crafts, books, cakes and art. Great variety of stalls and activities on the day including a reading by author Eileen Moynihan at 2pm, sand and fairy door art all day and the annual Leprechaun and Fairy Hunt  with Creative Ardagh at 3pm.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Snow closures

Due to the weather conditions we will be closed tomorrow and Friday. Our new craft shop hours will begin once the roads are safe for travelling. Watch this space.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

New opening hours


From 1st March 2018 we will have extended opening hours for the Craft Shop and Heritage Exhibition on a trial basis as follows:.
  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10am to 1pm; 
  • Thursdays 12pm to 4pm;
  • Saturdays and Sundays 12pm to 5pm.
Self-directed learning and drop-in art continue or Thursdays 12pm to 4pm, €5 per person, per hour.
Heritage and History tours and School Programmes can be booked as usual.