Create: Innovate: Armagh

  • BY: Create: Innovate: Armagh
  • DATES: Fri 02 Jun until Sat 15 Jul
  • CATEGORY: Mixed Media

Exhibition Preview Thursday 1st June | 7.00pm

The Create: Innovate: Armagh Network is a diverse group of individuals from the creative industries. Each month local professional creatives, innovators, entrepreneurs and inventors come together at the Amma Centre for a meetup to inspire, motivate, support and connect this creative community. Brushing up on business skills, learning new creative processes and engaging with inspirational speakers the group aims to grow a creative community in Armagh and across the borough. This exhibition sees several members exhibiting as a collective for the first time. Don't miss the chance to see their latest work including jewellery, photography, painting & collage, graphics, ceramics, willow basketry and sculpture, paper floristry, wood work and bespoke furniture.

Create: Innovate: Workshops

Create: Innovate: artists and creatives will host a range of new workshops during June at the Market Place Theatre to complement their exhibition. You can view their fantastic work in the exhibition and then join them to learn new skills in their workshops. Pastel Painting, Silver Jewellery and Pinhole Photography take place from 3 – 17 June.  For further information on Create: Innovate: workshops and booking go to

Exhibiting Artists/Creatives: Alison Fitzgerald, Bridie Smyth, Ciara Campbell, Liam McArdle, Maria Joyce (Kimaria), Mary Murphy, Paul Eliasberg, Pauric Daly and Stefan Birch
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Creative experiences this Summer with Create: Innovate: Armagh Artists

Sat 3 June | 10.00am – 4.00pm | £15.00

This workshop is suitable for beginners and to those more experienced artists. During the workshop participants will experiment using different techniques such as mark making, blending, feathering, and overlays and learn how pastels can be used in mixed media in painting. Participants will learn how to mix colour via the blending and the overlaying of colours, and will experiment using different types of pastel papers e.g. Ingress and sandpaper. Each student will complete their own original pastel painting to take home with them. Participants will need to bring coloured soft pastels. Please bring an apron or an old t-shirt to protect clothes. 

Max No: 10 | Tutor: Bridie Smyth

About the Tutor
Bridie has been firmly established as a talented Armagh artist, with particular flair for still-life and landscape painting. Her work spans a range of subjects and media from ink drawing to figurative painting, mixed media and pastels. She completed a FETAC award in MIFET. Afterwards, she attended Newry Institute and studied Foundation level Art and Design and then went on to complete her HNC in Fine Art. Bridie has held several successful solo exhibitions, has exhibited throughout Ireland and carried out a number of private and public commissions. She is a member of New Irish Artist and Fine art America through which she has sold Art works in Ireland and America.

Sat 10 June | 10.00am – 4.00pm | £45.00

Jewellery Designer Mary Murphy, will take you step-by-step through the process of handcrafting your own bespoke silver pendant. You will create your piece out of silver sheet and wire using traditional hand tools, transferring your pattern, cutting out with a piercing saw, annealing, forming and soldering using a soldering torch. In addition to this you will learn some texturing and embellishing techniques before filing, emerying and polishing to bring your silver pendant to a high quality finish for you to hang on a silver chain provided.
The workshop is supported with step-by-step handouts. Suitable for beginners or those wishing to further their skills from previous silver jewellery workshops.

Max no: 10 | Suitable for 16+ | Tutor: Mary Murphy

About the Tutor
Mary Murphy - Jewellery Designer / Goldsmith / Artist: Mary designs and makes bespoke jewellery and gifts using precious metals, gold & silver along with diamonds, gemstones and pearls that reflects the individuality and personality of her customers. Having graduated from the University of Ulster, Belfast, with a BA Hons. in Fine Craft Design, specialising in Jewellery, in 1988, Mary moved to Dublin where she gained experience working with established Jewellery Designers and Goldsmiths. Mary returned to Armagh in 2001 where she set up her own jewellery business, ‘Mary Murphy Jewellery Design’. Mary’s workshops include silver jewellery making for adults (different levels) and curriculum led craft (S.T.E.M) projects for children and young adults in schools. Mary is a member of DCCoI (Design and Crafts Council of Ireland) & Craft NI

Sat 17 June | 10.00AM – 4.00PM | £30.00

This experimental and vibrant workshop is perfect for those with an interest in Photography. After a short introduction about pinhole photography you will make your own working pinhole camera from scratch using nothing but cardboard, tape and a piece of soda can! Once completed we’ll load it up with film and go out on a shoot. We will take care of the developing of the film and scan any successful images which you will receive by disk. No previous photography experience required. All materials will be supplied.

Max no: 8 | Suitable for 16+ | Tutor: Paul Eliasberg

About the Tutor
As well as employment in graphic design, Paul works freelance as a designer, photographer and on the occasional art project. Aside from his commercial work, Paul relishes the opportunity to go low-tech and experiment with analogue (sometimes homemade) cameras or upcycle donated items to explore the borders of craft, making, art and science.