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Woollen Woods Whitehead

Woollen Mouse
Woollen Mouse

An innovative outdoor artwork, ‘Woollen Woods’, that took place last year in Whitehead, has been nominated for the prestigious 2016 Epic Awards. YOU CAN VOTE ON THIS.

“During the project a number of craft workshops were held at Lighthouse Yarns which proved popular and a free family fun day was held, with activities including pom-pom making, felting, origami, bug hunting and pond dipping. It featured hundreds of woodland-themed woollen artworks which were created by schools, knitting groups and individuals all over Northern Ireland and it  subsequently became the first Woollen Wood in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Its main aim was to create the first such Woollen Wood in Ireland and to combine the arts and the environment to draw new audiences to crafting, conservation and biodiversity in a way to enhance local culture.

The prestigious 2016 Epic Awards nomination followed. The winners and runner ups will be chosen by a panel of judges, but there is an additional People’s Choice Award where the public can choose their favourite of the shortlisted groups.

To vote, visit vote for Woollen Woods Whitehead. Voting is open until 5pm on Wednesday 23 March.

Louise Williamson, Lighthouse Yarns, has been overwhelmed by the Epic Awards nomination and with the support for the project. Louise said: “The best thing about Woollen Woods Whitehead was seeing community participation and the great community spirit that was on show.

“The installation included over 50 private wool donations, creations from Whitehead Primary School, Kilcoan Primary School, Islandmagee, and Mitchell House School Belfast and donations from Top Floor Art, Belfast Stitch & Bitch and Keep Her Knit, Londonderry.

“The Whitehead Wombles, Whitehead Community Association, Brighter Whitehead, and the Whitehead craft circles who crotched flowers for months beforehand, were a huge help throughout the project.

“I’m now looking forward to a bigger and better Woollen Woods 2016,”she added.

  1. Woollen Woods is a UK-wide project that began in 2013 and covers five regions on the UK mainland. Diamond Jubilee Wood is the first Woollen Wood in Northern Ireland. For more info on Woollen Woods visit
  2. Woollen Woods Whitehead 2016 will be opening on Saturday 7 May 2016 with a family fun day. All woollen donations welcome. Post donations to Lighthouse Yarns, The Bank House, Edward Road, Whitehead, BT38 9QB. Deadline for submissions is 30 April 2016.

Museum Artworks Exhibition Opens Carrickfergus From Saturday 5th September

Poster for Ways of Seeing Exhibition
Ways of Seeing Flyer

An exhibition of museum artworks from across Mid and East Antrim Borough and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough opens in Carrickfergus this weekend.

From Saturday 5th September, Ways of Seeing, A Sense of Place will be on display in Carrickfergus Museum and Civic Centre, and is the first of four venues to host this innovative exhibition.

Many of the artworks displayed have not been exhibited to the public previously and highlight buildings of historical value from across Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey.

Visitors to the exhibition can enjoy 21 artworks including art by Irish artists Gerard Dillion and Norman Wilkinson as well as artworks by local and amateur artists. The exhibition outlines the contributions made by community groups, photos of the project and includes their input. It is also an intergenerational project with younger visitors able to enjoy free digital engagement workshops as well.

The Ways of Seeing, A Sense of Place exhibition runs until October 10th opening times: 10am- 3pm. The exhibition tour will continue to:

  • Larne Museum and Arts Centre 16th Oct – 21 Nov
  • Children’s Workshop 24th October 11am -1pm (booking essential)
  • Mid Antrim Museum Ballymena 10th Dec 2015 – 6th Feb 2016
  • Museum at the Mill, Newtownabbey 4th March  – 26th March 2016
  • Children’s Workshop 12th March 1pm – 3pm (booking essential)

Booking should be via the Mid Antrim Museums Service, telephone 028 2563 5031.