Monday, 22 February 2016

Lots happening in Creative Ardagh this March

There will be lots of family fun taking place in Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre in March starting with the Design the Future family workshop for Engineer's Week on Saturday 5th March at 3pm (€5 per person). Come along and meet an engineer or two, be inspired by some engineering feats of the past and design and make your vision for the future. This workshop is available for schools from 29th February to 4th March, but hurry as most slots are now booked.

Our third annual Craft Fair take place on Saturday 12th March from 12pm with wonderful crafts by Flutterby Crafts, Hazelrocks, Jacinta Baxter Design, Just Jules, Mosaic Bizarre, Niki Jewellery and more to be confirmed. We will also be hosting a number of workshops on the day and finishing the day off with our very popular Leprechaun and Fairy Hunt event from 3 to 5pm (€8 per child). Create a Patrick's Day/Spring artwork/craft, listen to some stories and maybe tell some of your own, find the Leprechaun's pot of gold and have a wander through the Fairy Trail in the forest.
Tea and Coffee will be on sale on the day.…/
We finish off the month with the exciting White Rabbit's Egg Hunt over the Easter Bank holiday weekend at 3pm, Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th and Monday 28th.
Come and join in the fun, with a special themed art workshop. Then follow the White Rabbit down the tunnel, take part in the Mad Hatter's tea party, help paint some roses red or try not to get lost in the Wonderland woods before you search for Easter eggs.
Tickets €8 per child, €5 per adult or €24 for a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children)
Bookings now being taken for all events.

Watch out for lots more later in 2016 including A Time Travelling Day Out to 1916 in May.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Reliving History workshop for 2016

We are delighted to be able to offer a new workshop for schools and other interested groups throughout 2016 in association with the 1916/2016 Longford Committee. We will also host a special family day on Saturday 21st May (watch out for more details).

Travel back in time with us and experience what life was like for children in Longford 100 years ago.
Answer these questions and more in our interactive tour:
What games did they play?
What were their homes like?
Did they go to school?
What Longford people took part in the Easter Rising?
How did the arts inspire change at the time?
All participants will get a chance to make their own art piece to take with them (options include printing, collage, clay and fabric and fibre).

This is just one of several workshop options available for schools and other groups of all ages from toddlers to adults. See more here and here.
€5 per person for groups less than 10, €4 per person for groups greater than 10.
Email: or call Annette on  086 3027602 or Ann on 087 2326553 to book your tour or find out more.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Thank you Elizabeth Rose Murray!

We were honoured to have E.R. Murray visit us during Ardagh Fright Fest to give a three-hour writing workshop for 11 to 14 year olds. Her novel The Book of Learning has been chosen for the Citywide Reading Campaign for Children 2016 (A campaign is run by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Council Public Libraries, in partnership with Mercier Press). The participants in her workshop keep asking us when she will return and it seems that she was inspired by us too, which is always great to hear: "Sometimes we forget that input is as important as output, and that inspiration and energy can come from working in creative places and spaces set up exactly for that purpose ... the enthusiasm of the teens in my writing group was infectious – the centre was clearly a hub for the community, a safe space to create"
Elizabeth has now written a wonderful article about us which you can read here:

Friday, 27 November 2015

An Enchanted Woodland Christmas event

It's almost time for our Christmas event again. Make sure to book early to visit Santa without the queue, take part in a Christmas art workshop, hear some stories, relax with tea and treats and have lots more family fun in our Enchanted Woodland. Family events take place at 3pm on Saturday 12th, Sunday 13th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th December. €8 per child, €5 per adult or €24 for a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children)
We also have a special package available for pre-school, school or other groups throughout the month of December €4 per person for groups more than 10, €5 per person for groups less than 10. Session includes art, stories and our DPSM winter woodlands workshop. Bookings to or call Annette 086 3027602 or Ann 087 2326553.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Maths fun next week

We are looking forward  to welcoming several school groups for Maths Week next week. We still have some limited availability, €4 per person for groups of ten or more, €5 per person for groups less than ten.

Will you be able to find some of these shapes around the building? We will also be seeing what shapes we find outside before having some fun creating patterns with tessellating shapes with printing and paper mosaics. This curriculum-linked workshop can be adapted to suit all ages and don't forget that we are running special family sessions on Saturday 10th and 17th at 3pm, €24 for a family of 4 (1 adult and 3 children or 2 adults and 2 children) or €5 per adult, €8 per child.

If you can't make it along, why not try some tessellations for yourself with this tessellation creator and if you figure out what the hammer does, let us know!

Monday, 11 May 2015

Open call for art and literary submissions for new Midir and Etain anthology

Help us celebrate the Legend of Midir and Étain

Creative Ardagh, in partnership with County Longford Arts Office and Cruthú Arts Festival are inviting all artists, writers, poets, established and new, young and old to take part in an exciting Visual Arts and Literature Project.

We want to celebrate our local legend by publishing an anthology of stories, poetry and artwork by people of all ages. We envisage a mix of work from professional artists and writers, along with the work of children and other budding artists/writers based on the legend of Midir and Etain.

This inspirational legend lends itself to an exciting project such as this. Be inspired by the drama, love, envy and shapeshifting transformations that are entwined in the story and produce your own creation in whatever media you like. We are accepting poetry and stories up to a maximum of 1500 words and artworks in any media including drawing, painting, photography, digital media and images of 3d artwork.  The only restriction is that it is your own original work. You can find out more about the legend here:

You can enter from where ever you are in the world by post or email. 
Artworks sent by post should not exceed A4 size.
The closing date for submissions is: 5pm on 7th June 2015.

Please send all submissions to:
Creative Ardagh, Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre,
Ardagh, Co. Longford
or email:

The anthology will be launched as part of the Bilberry Sunday Event on the 26th July 2015 in Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre. This event will be hosted by Creative Ardagh in conjunction with County Longford Arts Officer Fergus Kennedy during the Cruthu Arts Festival. Those selected for the publication will get a chance to read their written piece or display the original artwork on the day.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Poetry Day and Bealtaine Festival

We are delighted to be involved with Poetry Day on 7th May this year. We will be reading some of our favourite poems and creating artworks inspired by them. All ages welcome from toddler to adult from 11am to 2.30pm. Drop-in rate €5 per hour including tea/coffee and art materials.

Here's what we have on offer for the Bealtaine Festival this May:

Explore the legend workshops
The legend of Midir and Etain is a local love story. We offer workshops to groups in drama and art that explore the legend. These are available at a reduced rate to older people throughout May. We also will offer a reduction on our drop-in art classes on Thursdays for the month.
1st - 31st
Paint the Legend Bringing the Midir and Etain legend to life: listen to our storyteller, get inspired by the sculpture, stained glass and paintings of the characters in our collection and paint your favourite scene. Alternatively you can choose to recreate the characters with clay or fabric collage. Book your group large or small at a date and time that suits you for the reduced rate of €3 per person per hour.
Venue: Creative Ardagh, Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre
1st - 31st
Midir and Etain Drama Explore the legend and have fun while you act out our short drama, no need to learn any lines, just listen to the narrator and improvise. Book your group large or small at a date and time that suits you for the reduced rate of €3 per person per hour.
Venue: Creative Ardagh, Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre
1st - 31st
Creative writing Be inspired by the legend of Midir and Etain, or other events in our past history then get tips on character and plot development and write your own story or poem. Book your group large or small at a date and time that suits you for the reduced rate of €3 per person per hour.
Venue: Creative Ardagh, Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre
7th - 28th
Drop-in Thursdays. Come along any Thursday in May between 12 and 2pm and explore your creative side in your choice of art workshop: painting, collage, weaving, felting, drawing etc. for the reduced rate of €8. Tea/coffee included.