Visiting Northern Ireland this summer? The Creative Trails app allows you to discover artists, designers, craftspeople, galleries and venues across the South East of Northern Ireland.
Launched a year ago, this free app is available for Android and iOS and features two different Creative Trails:
Co Down Trail
Featuring 23 different creative open studios and galleries spread across County Down, this Trail allows you to plan your ‘creative’ itinerary across the county. Among the businesses featured is ceramicist Andrew Cooke interviewed here at the Creative Trails launch …
Other places to visit featured on the app include galleries such as Top Floor Art Gallery & Open Studios, F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio, Doghouse Gallery and Studio 14 – Shaw Harper, along with craftspeople such as Patricia Millar Ceramics, Coney Island Design and The Jorneyman Saddler. And if you’re looking for a bit of retail therapy there’s The Craft Room or Kingfisher Crafts.
Co Armagh Trail
With 11 open studios, workshops and galleries, there’s plenty to see and do in County Armagh. You can see first-hand what’s involved in hand crafting ceramics and iron work at Mount Ida Pottery, Ballydougan Pottery or Moneypenny’s Blacksmith’s Workshop. While Millenium Court Arts Centre, The Marketplace Theatre & Arts Centre and the Tommy Makem Arts & Community Centre always have lots going on over the summer months.
So if you’re visiting Northern Ireland this year (or even if you live there and want to discover something new!) download the free app now. Search ‘Northern Ireland Creative Trails’ on Google Play or the App Store.
And if you want a little taster of what to expect, here’s the story of what ‘NI Explorer’ got up to one Saturday last summer using the Creative Trails app to explore Yard Gallery/Coffee Yard, NI Silver, Project 24, Haptik and Andrew Cooke Ceramics http://niexplorer.com/blog/creative-trail.