LEGO ANIMATION WORKSHOP (AGES 7 - 10 YRS)

Start Date: Friday 27July 2018 End Date: Friday 27July 2018
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Venue: BALLYCLARE TOWN HALL

Create your own animated Lego mini film with Can Do Academy! ?? You will learn about the basics of film making, how to storyboard and different animation techniques. You will be able to create your own storyline and learn the do's and dont's of effective animation which you can apply at home. ? Construct and animate your own worlds in front of the camera! Each participant will receive a copy of their film at the end of the workshop by email. Ipads are supplied.

Participants interested in this workshop must book in advance. Cost: £10 (2 hr workshop)

(This workshop is an additional date added due to demand).

To book: Tel 028 90340202 or book online.

SPRING EXHIBITION

Tue 26 March - Sun 28 April---- 9am - 5pm

Venue: ORIEL GALLERY

This is an eclectic group of artists from across the country, united by a love of art through fun and friendship, tutored by Janice Lightowler. They range in age from 11 to 80+ and include experienced artists and those who have had the opportunity to unleash their talent. Each artist is taught in their own style, subject and med

ium, including watercolour, oil on canvas, pastel, and even mixed media. Watch out for the artists working in the gallery Saturdays to Tuesdays during the exhibition.

Adm: FREE

LATIN AMERICAN DANCE

Thur 11 April - Thur 16 May---- 7.30pm - 8.30pm

Venue: BALLYCLARE TOWN HALL

An exciting new six-week programme of Latin American dancing. No experience necessary. The course will introduce participants to Merengue, Samba, Paso Doble, Rumba, Jive.

Adm: £19.00 & £17.00 (Concession)

HIDDEN BEAUTY-PLANT LIFE UNDER the MICROSCOPE

Tue 30 April - Sun 23 June--- 9am - 5pm

ORIEL GALLERY

We are used to admiring the flowers and foliage in our gardens without realizing the hidden wonders of the structure of plants when viewed under the microscope. In this exhibition Steve Lowry reveals the detailed structure of plant buds, leaves and leaf hairs, wood, stems and roots when viewed using a light microscope. The range of textures is made even more spectacular by using polarized light to create a rainbow of stunning colours.

Adm: FREE

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR WEBSITE

Wed 1 May--- 9.30am - 12.30pm

YARN SUITE - MOSSLEY MILL

This workshop will address the key components of good website governance for either a new business website or to improve an old/existing website.

It will be highly interactive and attendees should bring laptops/tablets to undertake actions there and then. The workshop will offer a practical step-by-step guide to:
• Adding Google Analytics to a website
• Linking to Google Search Console
• Implementing basic key SEO (search engine optimisation) elements on a website (e.g. title, tags, meta descriptions, image tags etc.)
• Listing the website/business on Google My Business
• Optimising website links on social media channels

Attendees will leave with all the key elements of good website governance implemented into their website, as well as an improved understanding of why each element is required.
Speaker Daniel McCarry launched Counter Digital in 2015 working with everyone from start-ups to councils in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and from tiny businesses to huge national brands in a variety of sectors. Daniel specialises in generating sales, leads, website traffic and consumer engagement through a variety of digital marketing tools including social media, SEO and email marketing.


Booking: Email events@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk
including name, business name and location
or telephone Kim on 02890 340434


Adm: Free Event (breakfast baps included)


DOCTOR DOLITTLE

Sat 4May 1pm - 3pm

COURTHOUSE THEATRE

This brand-new show from Riverbank Productions tells the story of Dr John Dolittle MD whose parrot, Polynesia, teaches him how to speak to animals! Of course this enables him to become a first-class animal doctor. One day a monkey from Africa arrives and asks him if he can journey to his homeland to find a cure for a colony of monkeys for a dreadful disease. So, accompanied by his trusty friends, Dab-Dab the duck, Gub Gub the pig, Too Too the owl and Jip the dog, Dr Dolittle embarks on an unforgettable journey to Africa and the adventure begins.

Featuring new songs, especially composed for the production, sing-a-long favourites, humour and lots of joining in Dr Dolittle is the ideal show for all the family and particularly for children aged 5 to 10.

Adm: £6.50

SHANES CASTLE MAY DAY STEAM RALLY

Sun 5 May - 6 May 10m - 7pm

SHANES CASTLE GROUNDS

There will be more than 40 steam engines and hundreds of tractors and car, trucks and startionary engines. There will be working demonstrations together with trade stands, craft stalls, full catering services. main area events, steam rides and a huge fairground.


Adm: £10 Children £5 Family £25 (2 Adults + up to 3 Children)

ILLUMINATING THE AVIARY

Thur 9 May 9am - 5pm

FLAX GALLERY - The Mill

Melanie Owens is the Head of English at Ulidia Integrated College and has been teaching for 13 years. However it was only four years ago that she begin to draw. Melanie describes the inspiration behind her exhibition in her own words: ‘To say I have slumbered through life is not entirely true; yet I have at times hibernated, leaving dreams dormant, covered with the dust and decay of a career focused life. Living on high alert for many years, the need to achieve, perform yet not fully knowing who I am. Caged by my own achievements and ambitions. It was not until all thoughts stopped, words could not be read, that I realised I had come to the end of myself and the cage door needed to be opened. Out of the darkness came the light of a 4B, the beauty of finding light in strange places. As the pen light began to draw suddenly the birds began to emerge from their Aviary. Our flight towards fearless freedom had begun.'

Adm: FREE

DARKNESS INTO LIGHT

Sat 11 May 4.15am - 6am

V36 ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND

This May, hundreds of thousands of people around the world will get together to walk from the darkness of night into the light of morning to help us in the global fight against suicide and self-harm. The walk sparks conversation about the importance of mental health and well being in all of our lives.

Last year 238 people registered to attend the Antrim & Newtownabbey event and raised £12,191. Your support of this event will help our 2019 Antrim & Newtownabbey charity partners, Antrim Youth Information & Counselling Centre and FOCUS, to deliver vital programs in their local area.

Adm: £18 & Children £4 & £14 (Concession)

GARDENING AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR

A COMPOST AWARENESS WEEK EVENT

Sat 11 May 2pm - 4pm

SENTRY HILL

Join us in Antrim Castle Gardens during Compost Awareness week.

Take a guided tour around this historic home. Get useful tips on gardening at this important time in the growing season from our gardening expert Keith Crawford, from Gardener’s Corner. Plant up some sunflower seeds in pots that you have made yourself, then relax with a cuppa and a treat. Before you go, don’t forget to take a complementary bag of compost home for your own garden.

Adm: £3

SALSA FOR SUMMER!

Tue 21 May - Tue 25 June 7.30pm - 8.30pm

SENTRY HILL

Get ready for the holiday season with our fun Salsa course! Ideal for absolute beginners and those with experience. Come by yourself, with a friend or a group!

To secure your place, book in advance as spaces are limited.
Ages: Adults (16yrs+)

Adm: £30 & £27 (Concession)

HOLIDAY ITALIAN

Wed 22 May - Wed 3 July 10am - 12pm

SENTRY HILL

This course is an introduction to the Italian language with a very practical, holiday-based approach. During this 6-week course you will learn how to deal with day-to-day situations like eating out, shopping, buying bus and train tickets, asking for directions, checking in at the hotel and much more! No previous knowledge of the language is required.

Tutor: Giada Mangiardi
Age range: 18+

Adm: £45 & £40 (Concession)

FLAX FIELDS

Thur 4 April - Sat 27April---- 9am - 5pm

Venue: FLAX GALLERY

Master printmaker Josephine McCormick has created a series of artworks, some of which are embedded with the sound of flax being woven via QR codes. Not only can the viewer admire the stunning selection of etchings and cyanotypes, but they can also appreciate the hypnotic, rhythmic sound of the linen being woven. Inspired by linen and flax as the fabric of Ireland, every artwork created by Josephine McCormick in Flax Field is unique.

Her work has represented Northern Ireland at international exhibitions in Luxembourg, Japan, Munich and Melbourne and is in private collections in America, Japan, Germany and France. Further work by the artist can be viewed on her website: www.josephinemccormick.com.

Adm: FREE

ROCK REHAB 3

Thu, 11 April - Thu, 27 June --- 7pm - 9pm

Venue: EYRE STUDIO - Old Courthouse Theatre

A special series of 12 Rock Rehab workshop sessions with the added bonus of performing at our annual showcase gig in the Old Courthouse Theatre in Antrim on Thursday 4 July 2019.

Ideally participants would be free to attend all workshop dates and the showcase gig. A great opportunity to show your talents to family and friends.

Age: 16+

Adm: £60.00 & £54.00 (Concession)

POETRY OF NATURE

Thur 2 May - 23 May 10am - 12.30pm

SENTRY HILL

In this four-week course, students will be inspired by nature poems to explore how the sensual pleasure of language enhances their personal experience of nature.

Through reading and creative writing exercises, participants will get the chance to develop their own natural poetic voice. Come and explore where poetry and nature conspire to bring to life a wonderful world of words.
Age range: 8 - 16

Adm: £62.00 & £56.00 (Concession)

STILL LIFE DRAWING

Thur 2 May - 20 June 10am - 1pm

MUSEUM AT THE MILL

Still Life is the art of drawing and painting inanimate objects and everyday things.

We will explore the endlessly possibilities of still life subject matter as we focus on line, tonal value and composition through a range of studio setups. This structured class will give you the skills and confidence to develop your understanding of observational drawing. Each week you will be presented with a new Still Life set up & later in the course you will have the opportunity to work on a sustained piece over several weeks giving you’re the opportunity to also include colour. Paper, pencils & charcoal provided but feel free to bring your own chosen medium of paint, brushes, paper, canvas etc.
Age: 16 years+

Adm: £70.00 & £63.00 (Concession)

COMPLETE YOUR OWN OIL PAINTING

7 Week Course

Fri 3May - Fri 21 June 10am - 1pm

MUSEUM AT THE MILL

This tutor led course will take you through the step by step processes from outlining your composition onto canvas, mixing colours, and improving brushwork, to building up layers and working towards your own completed masterpiece. All Levels welcome. Canvases and Images are provided and a materials list for paints & brushes will be given on the first week.
Age: 16 years+
Tutor: Natasha Barr
Date: Friday 3 May for 7 weeks (no class on 31 May)

Adm: £70.00 & £63.00 (Concession)

 

GARDENING AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR

A COMPOST AWARENESS WEEK EVENT

Sun 5 May 2pm - 4pm

ANTRIM CASTLE GROUNDS

Join us in Antrim Castle Gardens during Compost Awareness week.

Take a guided tour around our beautiful grounds with one of our Park Rangers. Get useful tips on gardening at this important time in the growing season from our gardening expert Keith Crawford, from Gardener’s Corner. Plant up some sunflower seeds in pots that you have made yourself, then relax with a cuppa and a treat. Before you go, don’t forget to take a complementary bag of compost home for your own garden.

Adm: £3

We also have a similar event taking place in Sentry Hill on Saturday 11 May.

VISIONS OF A VISCOUNTESS

Thur 9 May - Sun 9 June 2pm - 4pm

ORIEL GALLERY - Clotworthy House

Jean Massereene (1883-1937), wife of the 12th Viscount Massereene, was the last Viscountess to reside at Antrim Castle, the fire of 1922 bringing to an end its role as the official seat of the Massereenes. A forgotten leader of the interwar era and famous for her beauty, ghost-hunting, and political causes, this retrospective draws on archived photographs, letters and newspaper articles to exhibit the many facets of her character: philanthropist, militant, spiritualist, fashion icon, and socialite.

Adm: FREE

DRAW CARTOON CHARACTERS

Fri 3May - Fri 21 June 10am - 1pm

MUSEUM AT THE MILL

Artist Kim Montgomery is back to teach you how to draw two more cartoon characters – this time Dennis the Menace (11 May) and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (18 May). Use pens and markers to recreate your favourite characters. Come dressed for mess!
Tutor: Kim Montgomery
Date: Sat 11 May and/or Sat 18 May (Come along to just one or both)
Time: 11am – 1pm
Age: 8 years +

Adm: Children £10 per session

PERFECT PRINTS

Sat 11 May 2pm - 4pm

SENTRY HILL

Make your very own prints to take home and frame or to make into cards in this fun workshop! You may create a design inspired by the beautiful historic setting of Sentry Hill or you can choose another idea of your own! Amanda is there to guide you with fun printing techniques and happy to help! Come dressed for mess!

Adm: £15

BALLYCLARE MAY FAIR

Tue 21 May - Sat 25 May 10am - 10.15pm

This year’s festival will be a mixture of the traditional horse fair, local music and entertainment combined with traditional craft demonstrations and workshops. Back by popular demand, the exciting Soapbox Derby race returns for the second year and will take place on Thursday 23 May. The colourful May Fair Parade on Saturday 25 May will host many participants and local groups, live music delighting fans of all ages, before the fireworks finale. A week full of family fun activities, amusements, street performers, local movies, tea dance, shows and much more.

HOLIDAY ITALIAN

Wed 22 May - Wed 26 June 10am - 12pm

SENTRY HILL

This course is an introduction to the Italian language with a very practical, holiday-based approach. During this 6-week course you will learn how to deal with day-to-day situations like eating out, shopping, buying bus and train tickets, asking for directions, checking in at the hotel and much more! No previous knowledge of the language is required.

Tutor: Giada Mangiardi
Age range: 18+

Adm: £45 & £40 (Concession)