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Causeway Creative, a new pilot project being run in partnership with the National Trust, will see six local artists showcasing their work with a pop-up gallery at Innisfree Farm, beside the Giant’s Causeway.

The Boat House Gallery will act as the artists’ workshop for the next five months, from where they will demonstrate their skills in mediums such as painting, pottery, weaving, glass making and jewellery designs. Visitors and the local community will be able to try their hand at making products with many original pieces of art available to buy.

The Boat House Gallery will officially open on the 28th of November with a special launch event from 7-9pm. The local community are invited to come along to celebrate the new initiative, view the crafters’ work and learn more about what they have planned for the coming months.

Causeway Creative spokesperson, Jim Allen said, ‘There is a natural synergy between what the National Trust is doing as a conservation charity and what we love to create through our art, so this new partnership was an ideal fit for everyone involved. All six of us take inspiration from the land and sea around us and the Giant’s Causeway is the perfect location for us to create our work.

‘As we will be based so close to the Causeway itself, we hope to be seen as an additional visitor attraction and a special experience. Visitors and locals alike can book us for a whole range of artistic workshops as well as visit our gallery space. We are really looking forward to the launch event and being able to call the beautiful setting of the Giant’s Causeway our work place.’

The local artists who will be exhibiting their work in the Boat House Gallery, so named because it is home to one of the most famous traditional racing Drontheims (fishing yawls) of the region, come from right across the North Coast. Crafters include Eleanor-Jane McCartney, Malcolm Murchison, F.Y.N. Shannon, Frankie Creith, Jim Allen and Kathryn Reid who will be based in the Boat House Gallery for the next five months.

Max Bryant, General Manager at the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede said: ‘We were approached by Causeway Creative with their idea for creating a really unique and special experience at Innisfree Farm and this felt like a fantastic opportunity for us to partner with local artists who are passionate about what they do and connected to where they live and work.

‘We love being able to showcase local art, craft and product and are proud of how we do this at the Causeway and this feels like the next step in developing these relationships and enabling our visitors to enjoy a unique experience on site.

‘As Northern Ireland’s only World Heritage Site, we recognise we have a huge influence in how international visitors see Northern Ireland and we hope that this will offer visitors an opportunity to engage on a deeper level with local people.

‘I look forward to seeing how Causeway Creative can succeed with this enterprise.’

Following the launch on Thursday 28th November the opening times for The Boat House Gallery are Mondays, and Wednesday-Saturdays including Bank Holidays (10.00am – 5.00pm)

For further details on the launch and Causeway Creative email [email protected] or telephone 0787 651 6032.

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