Carrickfergus Castle to showcase borough’s finest local artists

Wednesday 11 July 2018

Local artists are invading Carrickfergus Castle to showcase their work as part of a new residency programme this summer.

Artists Miguel Neves and Sasha McVey are just two of the artists that will be taking up the residency at Carrickfergus Castle

Every Sunday, from 15 July - 26 August, one of the borough’s finest artists will showcase their work from 11am to 4pm at the Castle.

Seven artists will feature across the mediums of sculpting, felting, textile artistry, jewellery making, painting, drawing, contemporary watercolour, ceramics and mosaics.

The artists taking up the residency all have connections to Mid and East Antrim, whether they work, live or grew up here.

Some local names include Larne’s mosaic artist Dawn Aston, sculptor Miguel Neves and Islandmagee painter Audrey Kyle. Textile artist Shelley Steele will also exhibit, watercolour artist Rosalind Fair will also feature, as will ceramic creator Sasha McVey. Ann Caldwell who makes beaded jewellery featuring freshwater pearls will also be exhibiting on of the Sundays.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Lindsay Millar said: “This is a great use of the fantastic backdrop of the Castle that we have here in Carrickfergus, to show off our local talent and our heritage sites at the same time. It’s really amazing to see such creative, local talent, all inspired by the borough they live or work in.

“Mid and East Antrim is known as an area of outstanding beauty and with the stunning pieces on show over the next few months, it’s not hard to see why these local artists have been inspired.

“This is just another event, that we are working with our partners in the Department for Communities, to help drive footfall to this valuable tourist attraction and what better place to showcase the area’s promising future talent, than in a place steeped in history.

“The ‘Sunday Artists in Residency’ will be located in the vaults and is accessible through normal admission charges, so why not fit it in with a tour of the castle and lunch or a coffee in one of our local eateries. There may even be time for some shopping in the town centre as well, so what better way to spend a day out.”