10 of the best free arts events this August
With just four weeks of summer remaining, there’s plenty still to do and see, right here on your own doorstep. Why not try your hand at a craft workshop, take the family for a fun day out, or soak up some live music?
Here’s a round-up of some of the many free arts events happening this August, supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s National Lottery funds…
1. Write Club, Fighting Words Belfast, every Tuesday and Wednesday, Skainos
The weekly Write Club is open all of August. 8-13 year olds are invited to drop in and develop their story-writing skills with Fighting Words every Tuesday 3.30pm-5.30pm. While on Wednesdays, 3.30pm-5pm, the Write Club will open its doors to 13-18 year olds. Visit the Young at Art website for more details.
2. ‘Memorabilia’, Belfast Exposed, Donegall Street, Belfast, on until Saturday 19 August
In the years following the death of Hungarian artist Emese Kudász, her son Gábor Arion Kudász catalogued her entire estate through photographs. This solo show explores the artist’s memory of his mother.
3. Eastside Arts Festival Fun Day, Saturday 5 August, C.S Lewis Square, 11am-3pm
East Belfast is hosting a free fun day for the whole family, with street circus, live music, storytelling and outdoor games. Highlights include performances by Tumble Circus and Ossia Music School, staring some of today’s most promising young musicians.
4. Sunday Sessions, The Rabbit Rooms, Bangor, Sunday 6, 13, 20 & 27 August, Sessions 4pm–8pm
Four piece bluegrass band The Clay Pigeons will take up residency in The Rabbit Rooms every Sunday in August. The funky quartet will be shaking things up, with a mix of funky fast-paced Appalachian songs, plus some well-known toe-tapping tunes.
5. Pottery for the People, Monday 7 August, Conway Mill, 2pm
Féile an Phobail’s ‘Pottery for the People’ guarantees a finished pot to be proud of. Everything is supplied, including the expertise…you just come along and enjoy yourself. All abilities are catered for and classes are geared towards people of all ages. You’ll be amazed what you can do with a little help and all pots made can be taken home with you.
6. Northern Ireland Screen Digital Screening Archive, PRONI, Tuesday 8 August, 2pm
As part of the Eastside Arts Festival, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI invite you to view footage from The Digital Archive, a collection of over 117 years of moving image from Northern Ireland. The collection features amateur and professional films from 1897-2014.
7. Féile Unplugged at Folktown Market, Saturday 12 August, 11am
Come along and browse the stalls, have something to eat and relax with some of the best local folk and jazz artists including Oisín MacAoidh, Civil Simian, Emer Maguire, Declan Corr and Ryne Timken.
8. Open House Makers Market, Bangor, Sunday 13 August, 1-5pm
As part of the August Open House Festival in Bangor, local artisan makers will be demonstrating their traditional skills, in a special open air market in the beer gardens of three neighbouring bars – Donegan’s, Jenny Watts and The Hop House. Silversmiths, sculptors, potters and print makers will make and display original pieces from raw materials, with a chance to take home an original affordable piece. For £5, customers will also be able to fuel up with light snacks plus a glass of wine or a beer.
9. Nautical Themed Classes in Clay, HMS Caroline, Belfast, Thursday 17 August, 1pm-4pm
Interested in pottery? Or watching the pottery throw down? Join artists from Red Earth Designs to learn how to make something with clay, no experience necessary, just an enjoyment of working with your hands and having a go. All materials and tools are provided.
10. Future Cities Exhibition, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, on until Saturday 26 August 2017
Future Cities is ISLAND Arts Centre's highly interactive art installation created for families and visiting groups by Young at Art artists. Experience hands-on creative fun with the touch-interactive exhibits as you play, learn, create and build something spectacular together. See website for opening hours.