Tuesday 8 November 2016

Science Week is next week!!

Exploring Colours with Creative Ardagh for Science Week, 13th to 20th November:
Explore the colour properties of light. Separate white light with prisms, explore colour shadows with red, green and blue lights before contrasting this with paint, mixing the different primaries (red, blue, yellow) to make all the rainbow colours and create rainbow spinners that reverse the light splitting process an appear white when spun.
This DPSM workshop is available for bookings from schools and groups Monday to Friday 14th to 18th November. €4 per person for groups of more than 10 or €5 per person for groups of less than 10. Family fun workshop 3pm to 5pm on Saturday 19th November. Watch out for us on RTE Player during the week.

Monday 10 October 2016

Pay online option for Ardagh Fright Fest

We have now introduced PayPal buttons on most of our Ardagh Fright Fest events. Click on the tabs at ardaghfrightfest.blogspot.ie. If you avail of this option please also contact us to let us know the details of the event paid for and who will be attending so we can ensure to keep your space.
We have tried to keep it simple and hope it will be a useful option for those of you who wish to pay with credit or debit cards as well as your PayPal account.
Please also let us know if you have any problems, or just how you find using the buttons as this is all new to us.
Thanks in advance,
Annette and Ann.

Friday 7 October 2016

Maths Week coming soon

We are looking forward  to welcoming several school groups for Maths Week from Monday 16th to Thursday 20th October. We still have some availability, €4 per person for groups of more than ten, €5 per person for groups of ten or less.

Will you be able to find some of these shapes around the building? We will also be seeing what shapes we find outside before having some fun creating patterns with tessellating shapes with printing and paper mosaics. This curriculum-linked workshop can be adapted to suit all ages.

We are also running a special family session on Saturday 15th at 3pm, €5 per person, tea/coffee included for adults.

If you can't make it along, why not try some tessellations for yourself with this tessellation creator and if you figure out what the hammer does, let us know!

Saturday 1 October 2016

Frightful Flash Fiction Competition

Creative Ardagh are delighted to present a Frightful Flash Fiction Competition in association with this year's Ardagh Fright Fest.

Get your creative juices flowing and send us in your scariest, spookiest or most twisted tales.
All genres welcome: gothic, fantasy, mythology, sci-fi, reality etc. The only rule is that you stick to a maximum of 300 words.
Full list of spooktacular prizes will be updated soon.

Entry fees: Adults €5 or €10 for three entries
12-18: €4 or €8 for three entries
Under 12 €2 or €4 for three entries.
Maximum words: 300

Send entries by email to: creativeardagh@gmail.com or by post to Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre, Ardagh, Co. Longford to reach us not later than
5pm on Monday 24th October
Incude your name, address and contact details on a separate sheet.
Fees can be paid online here or by cheque/money order made out to Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre.

Saturday 3 September 2016

Celebrate Roald Dahl's 100th birthday with us!

Come along on Saturday 17th September at 3pm to celebrate Roald Dahl's 100th birthday.  

Listen to extracts from some of the famous books, play some games from 100 years ago and if you really want to get into the spirit of the day come dressed as your favourite Dahl character and be in with a chance of winning a Golden Ticket to one of our family events.

We'll look at where Dahl got some of his ideas, how writers come up with characters, what makes a memorable character before making our own characters. All ages welcome, €5 per person (tea/coffee included for adults).

School programme: 
How do writers develop their characters?
To celebrate Roald Dahl's 100th birthday on 13th September we are also offering integrated art and literature workshops to primary schools throughout Sepember and October. Explore the memorable characters of Dahl favourites such as the BFG, Willie Wonka, The Twits, Matilda and many more before inventing your own and creating them with clay.  Junior or senior level workshops are available on a day that suits you. Contact us for more details.

Saturday 13 August 2016

Fifth Anniversary Celebrations next weekend

Fifth Anniversary Celebrations during Heritage Week
Join us for a bumper weekend of activities to celebrate our fifth anniversary in Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre. Travel back with us and experience life 100 years ago: Art workshop, games, film and art of the era and fairy trail included. Fun for all ages from toddler to adult, €5 per person, tea/coffee included. Saturday 20th August and Sunday 21st August at 3pm. We are delighted to announce that Chef Martin of Cook n Dine Longford is hosting a barbecue on Sunday 21st at 4pm. For those who can't make it at the weekend we will have another chance to step back in time with us on Thursday 25th August at 12pm.

Tuesday 2 August 2016

Pride of Place

We are honoured to have been nominated for a Pride of Place Award for reaching out to the community through art. Over the last five years we have helped thousands of people of all ages and abilities find their creative side and it is great to see that recognised. Thanks go to Frank Horne and Longford County Council for the nomination. Last Thursday we were visited by two lovely judges who made us feel at ease as we told them what we do, showed the presentation below and gave them a tour. We were also joined by Council officials, friends, family and many of our regular attendees and we thank them for coming along and hope they enjoyed the morning celebrations. Congratulations and good luck to Ballinamuck village and Lus na Gréine, Granard who are also up for awards this year.

Saturday 23 July 2016

Lights in the Darkness project

We are very proud to have been involved in this 1916 Commemorative Project.

Lights in the Darkness from Crooked Line Films on Vimeo.

Annual Bilberry Sunday walk next weekend

Bilberry Sunday walk
Join us on Sunday, 31st July 2016, on our annual walk up Brí Leith/Ardagh Mountain. Meeting at GAA pitch at 11am where our guide Brendan Farrell of Ardagh Eco Gardens will lead us on a meander over the hill and not too far away. Paddy Farrell of The Divining Healing Well Clinic will give us a demonstration of divining for water on the mountain. Afterwards in Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre, over tea and scones, Paddy will give a talk about how divining skills can be used to locate water, minerals, lost people, animals, objects, removal of toxins and much more. Paddy is one of Ireland's best known Diviners and we are delighted to have him come and talk this year.

Wednesday 8 June 2016

“Learning naturally!” with Stefanie Mohsennia

We are very excited to have Stefanie Mohsennia joining us all the way from Germany on Monday 27th June at 2pm. Stefanie will give a presentation on natural learning and all attendees will get a chance to join in the conversation afterwards. The event promises to be enlightening for anyone with an interest in education of all sorts.

“Learning naturally!”
Presentation and conversation with Stefanie Mohsennia

What would “Learning 2.0” look like?
How could learning be more suitable to our human nature?
What would be favorable conditions for young people to learn and grow?

“Schools as we know them are obsolete” (Sugata Mitra)

“Children are by nature smart, energetic, curious, eager to learn, and good at learning; they do not need to be bribed and bullied to learn; they learn best when they are happy, active, involved, and interested in what they are doing; they learn least, or not at all, when they are bored, threatened, humiliated, frightened.” (John Holt, Freedom and Beyond)

- has been involved with home education since about 2002
- is the author of “Schulfrei : Lernen ohne Grenzen”
- is the editor of “Wir sind so frei : Freilerner-Familien stellen sich vor”
- has been organising a local home-ed group in Northrhine-Westfalia for many years
- has taken part in home-ed meetings in 11 different countries over the years
- is far from done with learning herself, for example just finishing her training as a teacher of the Alexander Technique
- has maintained the website www.unschooling.de from 2004 to 2015
- and has now developed the “Schulfrei-community”, a European networking website for home educators, together with her 17yo son. (http://schulfrei-community.de/en/)

All welcome. Join us from 12pm for a shared lunch (bring something to share) or just for the talk at 2pm. The event is free but donations are very welcome.

Wednesday 1 June 2016

Longford participants in the 1916 Easter Rising

John Mimnagh and Robert Belton tell us about their relations' involvement in the 1916 Rising.

Time Travel Day Out

Seamus Clarke of Outtake Community Media also filmed our Time Travel Day Out to 1916 recently.
Thanks to everyone who came along and helped out on the day. Here's a small snippet of the day:

We really enjoyed getting to see the car Kitty Kiernan once travelled in with Michael Collins and want to thank Eamon Creamer for bringing it along. Thanks to the 1916/2016 Longford Committee for their support all year and for attending the event. Special thanks to Heritage Officer, Mairead Ní Chonghaile for coming along in character as Brigid Lyons Thornton, Martin Smyth who agreed to be Padraig Pearse for us and everyone else who put effort into their costumes and brought some along for others. Thanks also to John Mimnagh and Robert Belton for telling us about their Longford relations who were involved in the Rising. We had fun researching the art and entertainment from the era during the year and put a compilation of video from and about 1916 together for the day. The list of what was shown is below, most can be found on YouTube. We are also very grateful to Gaelscoil Longfoirt for lending us their wonderful 1916 projects for display on the day.

Our fairy trail

Thanks Seamus Clarke of Outtake Community Media for capturing our fairies on film recently. They are very shy and only reveal themselves occasionally to special visitors.

Wednesday 4 May 2016

Would you like to showcase your school's 1916 project?

Creative Ardagh are having a Time Travel Day Out to 1916 on Saturday 21st May at 3.00pm as part of the County Longford 1916 centenary programme. This will be a fun day out for all with a special family focus.
We are very aware that all of the local schools have been working hard for the commemorations and have great displays and videos completed. We would be delighted to showcase these 1916 projects at our family day. If you are interested in participating by showcasing your class work please contact us on (086) 3027602 (Annette) or 0872326553 (Ann) or email us on creativeardagh@gmail.com.
1916 School Programme
Our new Reliving History workshop is becoming a great success. This new School Programme is to commemorate 1916 and we have designed it in conjunction with the Ireland 1916/2016 (Longford) committee. We focus on the role of the Arts in inspiring the Rising, and offer hands-on experiences of what life was like 100 years ago. As well as a guided tour of our dedicated 1916 room an art workshop is included. Call us  to book your class a place on one of our fun-filled educational sessions. Don't forget you can now book two workshops on the one day for €7 per pupil. See full details of all available school programmes here.

Special Offer
Due to several requests we now have our 1916 posters available in A4 size @ €15 including P&P or €12.50 in our shop. The pack includes 9 posters which cover areas like the Visual Arts at the time, Longford participants in the Rising, Toys and entertainment etc.

Monday 22 February 2016

Lots happening in Creative Ardagh this March

There will be lots of family fun taking place in Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre in March starting with the Design the Future family workshop for Engineer's Week on Saturday 5th March at 3pm (€5 per person). Come along and meet an engineer or two, be inspired by some engineering feats of the past and design and make your vision for the future. This workshop is available for schools from 29th February to 4th March, but hurry as most slots are now booked.

Our third annual Craft Fair take place on Saturday 12th March from 12pm with wonderful crafts by Flutterby Crafts, Hazelrocks, Jacinta Baxter Design, Just Jules, Mosaic Bizarre, Niki Jewellery and more to be confirmed. We will also be hosting a number of workshops on the day and finishing the day off with our very popular Leprechaun and Fairy Hunt event from 3 to 5pm (€8 per child). Create a Patrick's Day/Spring artwork/craft, listen to some stories and maybe tell some of your own, find the Leprechaun's pot of gold and have a wander through the Fairy Trail in the forest.
Tea and Coffee will be on sale on the day.
We finish off the month with the exciting White Rabbit's Egg Hunt over the Easter Bank holiday weekend at 3pm, Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th and Monday 28th.
Come and join in the fun, with a special themed art workshop. Then follow the White Rabbit down the tunnel, take part in the Mad Hatter's tea party, help paint some roses red or try not to get lost in the Wonderland woods before you search for Easter eggs.
Tickets €8 per child, €5 per adult or €24 for a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children)
Bookings now being taken for all events.

Watch out for lots more later in 2016 including A Time Travelling Day Out to 1916 in May.

Monday 1 February 2016

Reliving History workshop for 2016

We are delighted to be able to offer a new workshop for schools and other interested groups throughout 2016 in association with the 1916/2016 Longford Committee. We will also host a special family day on Saturday 21st May (watch out for more details).

Travel back in time with us and experience what life was like for children in Longford 100 years ago.
Answer these questions and more in our interactive tour:
What games did they play?
What were their homes like?
Did they go to school?
What Longford people took part in the Easter Rising?
How did the arts inspire change at the time?
All participants will get a chance to make their own art piece to take with them (options include printing, collage, clay and fabric and fibre).

This is just one of several workshop options available for schools and other groups of all ages from toddlers to adults. See more here and here.
€5 per person for groups less than 10, €4 per person for groups greater than 10.
Email: creativeardagh@gmail.com or call Annette on  086 3027602 or Ann on 087 2326553 to book your tour or find out more.