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Our Arts and Culture programme has something for everyone and we want you, whatever your age and whatever your interest, to get involved.Of course the Burnavon is the focus of all that is going on. Take a closer look and you will find there is always something happening: exhibitions, workshops and great events like the Winter Craft Fair every November. Autumn is our biggest time for workshops so keep an eye on the Burnavon programme to see what is coming up – Ceramics, Floral Art, Basket Weaving and more  –just make your choice!

But things don’t stop there – we reach out into the community as well to deliver and support a vibrant programme of activity and events within our schools and the wider district.

We are always trying to bring the Arts in as many forms as possible to as many people as possible. Your feedback is important in helping us to do this, so please keep in touch by either commenting on our Facebook page or contacting us at the Burnavon.

All of our workshops are held in the Burnavon unless otherwise indicated. Contact the Arts and Culture Department on 028 8676 9949 opt 4 to apply for any of these workshops.

Our brand new series of autumn workshops are now on sale. See if there’s one that grabs you from the list below!



with tutor Andrea Hayes

Textile art

Dates: Tues 22nd, 29th Sept; 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th Oct
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Duration: 6 workshops
Cost: £30 (including materials)

Suitable for age 16y+

Over the course of the six evenings artist Andrea Hayes will show you the fundamental techniques used in Textile Art including silk and fabric painting, hand and machine embroidery and felt–making. Working with an array of textures, surfaces and colour you

can make a beautiful focal piece of artwork for your home, whilst a variety of textile pieces can be further transformed into personal accessories/soft furnishings.

All materials supplied.



with tutor Lynda Hassin



Dates: Tues 22nd, 29th Sept; 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th Oct
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Duration: 6 workshops
Cost: £35 (including materials)

Suitable for age 16y+

The sensitivity of porcelain means that delicate textures and patterns can be imprinted onto its surface allowing you to create beautiful fine, detailed pieces. Once you have been shown how to prepare this material and the tools required to work with it successfully, you will then get the opportunity to make something new each week – a jewellery tray, tea light holder, vase, clock or even really quirky jewellery.

All materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own pieces of lace or textured items to make your piece that little bit more personal.



with tutor Louise Byrne


schools art

Dates: Wed 23rd, 30th Sept; 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th Oct
Time: 3.30pm – 5pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: £20 (including materials)

Suitable for P4 – P7 children

Local artist Louise Byrne is back with some more amazing art techniques for children to enjoy – including some methods they will hopefully never have tried before. The early weeks of this course will focus on clay work when participants will create a beautiful box framed 3d piece. We will then move on to designing and producing a totally unique t–shirt
design. By the end of the workshops all participants will have art for the wall and art to wear!

All materials supplied.



with tutors Anne Warnock & Sara Vicente



Date: Sat 3rd Oct
Time: 10am – 4pm
Duration: 1 day
Cost: £50 (including materials)

Suitable for 16y +

Give a small piece of furniture a brand new look in just a day! Learn how to make your
own chalk paint and take on a number of creative techniques including decoupage,
stencilling and upholstering a seat pad.

Experiment with your new found skills and techniques on your chosen piece to create a
totally unique look, and preserve your work with a final protective coat of wax or varnish.
A selection of suitable small items of furniture such occasional tables, chairs, plant stands will be provided for participants to choose from – this and all materials are included in the cost of the workshop.



with tutor Anne Williamson


seed beed

Date: Sat 3rd Oct
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: £20 (including materials & equipment)

Suitable for age 16y+

This workshop is the perfect introduction to the craft of seed bead weaving. Learn how to form even count peyote stitch to create a beautiful flat cuff bracelet from seed and bugle beads, which you will finish with a picot edge and a beaded toggle and loop. By the end of the day you will not only be on the way to making your first piece, you will also have acquired the basic skills to work on your own creations at home. This is a really relaxing craft that takes care and patience, but the fantastic results are definitely worth the effort!



with tutors Stephanie Hazelton and Sheila Oldcroft



Date: Sat 10th Oct
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: £25 (including materials & equipment)

Suitable for age 16y+

A brand new workshop for the Burnavon, where you create a piece of original hand crafted textile art on layered coloured fabric. Participants can choose from a selection of acrylic paints, threads, wool fibres and beads to make their picture. Learn the techniques of
drawing, painting and embroidery embellishment on fabric. By the end of the day you
will leave with a finished piece mounted onto a canvas ready for hanging at home!
This workshop caters for all creative abilities. 

All materials provided.



with tutor Geoff Tulip


wood bowl

Date: Thurs 22nd Oct
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: £25 (including materials)

Suitable for age 16y+

Well–known and innovative wood smith Geoff Tulip is back with us, this time to introduce the craft of wood turning. During the course of the day Geoff will demonstrate how to use a wood lathe and then allow participants to give it a go themselves. By the end of the
course, you will have produced your own wood turned piece such as a pen or simple bowl. 

This workshop is aimed at absolute beginners, tools and wood provided.




jumping clay

Date: Sat 24th Oct
Time: 10am – 12.00pm
Cost: £5 (including materials)

Suitable for age 6y+

More than just a drop in session with the Jumping Clay team, but a full workshop giving you time to get really imaginative. Explore all the techniques you need to roll, shape, texture and form this amazing material into all sorts of creatures and creations. This craft is so much fun and relatively easy given the fantastic results you will get. All materials provided.



with tutor Louise Byrne


kids boo!

Date: Sat 31st Oct
Time: 11am – 1pm
Cost: £5 per child

Suitable for ages 4 to 10yrs

Join Louise Byrne for a full–on creepy creative session of Halloween Art.



with tutor Louise McLean



Date: Sat 14th Nov
Time: 10am – 5pm
Duration: 1 workshop
Cost: £25 (including materials)

Suitable for age 16y+

This workshop is equally suited to both first timers and those who have tried this craft
before. Beginners will be shown the basic skills and weave their first willow basket, while
those with a little more experience will have scope to explore more advanced techniques
and projects. Under the expert direction of acclaimed basket weaver Louise McLean, you can be sure of results to be proud of, regardless of your starting point. All materials supplied.



with tutor Louise McLean



Date: Tues 8th Dec
Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Duration: 1 workshop
Cost: £15 (including materials)

Suitable for age 16y+

Spend an evening in the company of acclaimed basket weaver Louise McLean creating a truly unique Christmas decoration for your home. It could be a reindeer, it could be a star – but whatever you decide, you will get a real sense of achievement when you leave with something for your home that you have made yourself. Your visitors over the festive season cannot fail to be impressed. 

All materials supplied.



with tutor Sinead Goodwin


Christmas Floral Art

Date: Tues 15th Dec
Time: 6.30pm – 9.30 pm
Duration: 1 week
Cost: £20 (including flowers and materials)

Suitable for 16y +

What better way to welcome your friends and family over the Christmas period by creating a stunning design for your home! Create a beautiful festive design for either the hall table or a window sill, and learn how to look after it so that it is still in tip top condition when Christmas Day arrives. This course is suitable for beginners and learners with some experience.

All materials supplied.


Burnavon Writers Group

Burnavon Writers Group meets fortnightly throughout the year Thursdays 7 to 9pm. A mix of tutor led workshops, guest speakers, special events and open writing sessions, there is much to learn and even more to enjoy. 


Burnavon Writers Group

Burnavon Writers with poet Deirdre Cartmill

Membership fee: £30 per year

Contact 8676 9949 option 4 if you would like to find out more.





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