August Craft Month Launch Event: Film Makers @ The Braid

Doubling up as both the official launch of August Craft Month 2017, and a fascinating exhibition in its own right, Film Makers will launch at 6.30pm on Thursday, the 27th of July and run until the 19th of August

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See how Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive has encouraged new ideas in the work of six NI makers

In celebration of Northern Ireland’s rich craft landscape past and present, six makers – Sharon Adams, Sheena Devitt, Nicola Gates, Alison Fitzgerald, Ronan Lowery and Peter Surginor – were invited to produce new work in response to heritage footage from the Northern Ireland Screen Digital Film Archive. Presented by Mid-Antrim Museum, The Braid, and supported by R-Space Gallery and Northern Ireland Screen, Film Makers features stone carving, basket weaving, ceramics, furniture making, tools and handwoven textiles. 

Film Makers emphasises the value of craft makers in the province and records a sample of their activities for future generations to enjoy through archive film. August Craft Month visitors to The Braid will find newly commissioned works by Sharon Adams, Sheena Devitt, Alison Fitzgerald, Nicola Gates, Ronan Lowery and Peter Surginor. These are accompanied by craft artefacts and six new films by TACA of the contemporary makers at work alongside the archive footage that inspired them. 

The Makers

Sharon Adams explores the theme of work and tools. Using wood, metal and textiles, she makes functionless tools which invite the viewer to imagine what they might be for and comments on the value of skilled making.

Sheena Devitt carves into stone and slate to create site specific sculptural artworks. The designs are inspired by and respond to the site’s topography and history, its orientation and present inhabitants.

Alison Fitzgerald has been weaving willow since moving to Ireland over 25 years ago. Her baskets are admired internationally for their subtle blends of natural bark colours, strong curves and tactile qualities.

Nicola Gates is the founder of Olla Nua, a small weaving studio creating handwoven textiles that add warmth, comfort and tactility to the modern home and accessories that can be carried or worn.

Ronan Lowry runs Design Onion a young energetic furniture design and manufacture studio. Working mainly to commission for both private and corporate clients, they create unique and innovative pieces of bespoke furniture fusing contemporary design with traditional craftsmanship and high quality materials.

Peter Surginor is an artist making beautifully devised works in porcelain that reflect his political consciousness. His interventions contribute to dialogue surrounding wider social injustices, memorial and a divided sense of national identity.

Presented by Mid-Antrim Museum, The Braid, supported by R-Space Gallery and Northern Ireland Screen.

There is no booking required and you can connect with the exhibition here to keep up to date. For any enquiries, contact 02825 635077 or email

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