Wednesday 9 December 2009

A Great Exhibition of Craft

If you are anywhere near Banbridge in the North this exhibition is well worth a visit. The F. E. McWilliam gallery and studio is relatively new and has a permanent collection of F. E. McWilliam's sculptures. It also has changing exhibitions and is currently showing a wonderful collection of contemporary craft and design. The Banbridge District Council describe it as follows:-

Designer & Makers 2009 Exhibition 
Running until 17 January 2010, the Designers and Makers 2009 exhibition is a stunning showcase of fine craft and design featuring the work over 40 well-established and up-and-coming talented craftspeople from Ireland and the UK. Rising stars of the design world, including Rachel McKnight, David Withers, Helen O’Hare, John Lee and Rachel O’Neill exhibit alongside well-established figures such as Michael McCrory, Peter Meanley, Karl Harron, Erika Marks and Ann McNulty. The exhibition will also introduce the public to the work of many emerging designers, including Alison Lowry, Catherine Keenan, Jane Allen, Claire McMahon and Finnish textile artist Heli Miikkulainen-Gilbert. Many of the works in the exhibition are for sale. 

We found it a bit difficult to find at first but if you keep on the A1 there will be a turn off after Banbridge (if coming from Belfast.) Sure, the best places are always hardest to find! 

I wish I could have taken pictures to show you but photography was not allowed, you'll just have to go and see for yourselves!

Here are more links to the event and gallery:-

posted by Bridget


  1. I have actually driven past that place I think? Is it like in the middle of a junction or something? It looks familiar to me anyway! ;)

    will be up north next weekend so may drop in for a visit - thanks Bridget!

  2. it is sort of off a junction yes! You should definitely have a look in, It's not a huge exhibition so about 45mins detour would be nice little break! enjoy!