Mayor goes potty for Autumn Arts

Lord Mayor Cllr Garath Keating at Scarva Pottery Supplies, Banbridge pictured with Arts & Events Officer Leah Duncan and Brendan Fitzpatrick from Scarva Pottery Supplies �Edward Byrne Photography

Lord Mayor Cllr Garath Keating at Scarva Pottery Supplies, Banbridge pictured with Arts & Events Officer Leah Duncan and Brendan Fitzpatrick from Scarva Pottery Supplies �Edward Byrne Photography

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Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Garath Keating got hands-on at the Scarva Pottery Supplies at the launch of Autumn Arts, the Councils annual arts programme.

Autumn Arts, runs from October 15 to 29, and it will feature a wide variety of wonderful workshops and exciting events in a number of locations within the Borough, offering the opportunity for culture vultures of all ages and abilities the chance to harness their creative and artistic talents.

Speaking at the launch the Lord Mayor said, “I am delighted to be involved with Autumn Arts. The programme is a perfect palette of arts, crafts, music and movies. The events and workshops highlight the terrific artistic talent we have on our doorstep and give everyone the chance to show off their creative side.”

Other highlights of the programme include Arts in the Garden at the FE McWilliam Gallery and Studio on Saturday, October 15 where an abundance of artists and craftspeople will demonstrate the skills and techniques involved in producing amazing works of art.

Perfect Porcelain Clay with local ceramicist Brendan Fitzpatrick will take place on Thursday, October 20. This workshop which will give you the chance to create a delightfully delicate ceramic and is just one of the many workshops Autumn Arts has to offer.

Look for the pop up art gallery taking pride of place in Newry Street, Banbridge in October which will showcase the work of many local artists.

The annual Craft Fair in Solitude Park on Saturday, October 22 gets a tasty twist with the addition of a fabulous food marquee which plays host to celebrated chef and author, Jenny Bristow, Ireland’s Good Food Ambassador who will be presenting a series of mouth-watering cookery demonstrations throughout the day.

For mini movie fans Cinemagic will be presenting a cinematic celebration of the wonder and magic of Roald Dahl on October 28 and 29 to mark the centenary of the amazing author’s birth.

Filming screenings will include The BFG and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and are sure to delight children who can continue the wonderment with a selection of workshops.

Full details of the programme can be found in the Autumn Arts brochure. It is available to download at www.armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk or ring the Council on 028 4066 0605.

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