Islandmagee will become a hub of creative and artistic flair from Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 August as local artists, crafts people, writers and photographers open their homes and studios to the public each day from 10am-5pm for a series of free exhibitions.
The creative trail, organised in conjunction with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, allows artists to exhibit their work and demonstrate their skills to visitors whilst showcasing the beautiful scenery of the Islandmagee peninsula.
Venues along the route include the new Gobbins Visitor Centre and Ferris Bay Lighthouse.
The trail features work by award winning artists, including the internationally renowned Co. Antrim painter Paul Holmes, and acclaimed German sculptor, Ralf Sander, who has completed installations around Europe including the iconic Belfast Seahorse sculpture which stands aloft a large shipping bollard at Belfast Harbour.
Local artists specialising in painting, photography, sculpture, jewellery, marquetry, blacksmithing, writing and patch working will also be exhibiting their creations.
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Audrey Wales, speaking at the official launch of the art trail said, “I would like to congratulate the artists of Islandmagee for their initiative in putting this event together and for opening their homes and studio to the public to view such vibrant and inspiring work. The trail helps to augment the tourism offering already in Islandmagee and further promote the immense talent that resides in our Borough.”
Art trail maps will be available from local shops such as the Rinka and Island Stores, Larne Museum & Arts Centre, Larne Visitor Information Centre, The Gobbins visitor centre as well as being available to download from www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/events/islandmagee-art-trail.