Creative Peninsula, Northern Ireland’s largest annual celebration of art and craft, brings together local artists and craftspeople to demonstrate their skills and showcase their work.

Now in its 17th year, Creative Peninsula offers free and bookable opportunities for people of all ages and levels of experience to see, learn about and even try their hand at a host of different art and craft forms practiced in the Ards and North Down area. Creative Peninsula is an ideal way to experience what the local art and craft industries have to offer, featuring open studios, tours, exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations and more.
The programme kicks-off with ‘Creative Peninsula in the Square’ at Conway Square in Newtownards on Friday 3 August. For one day only, the space will be transformed into a tented arts and crafts village with more than 30 artists and makers displaying and selling their work.
Free demonstrations, including throwing on a potter’s wheel, acrylic painting, pastels, printing sculpting and wool spinning, will run throughout the day.

Ards Arts Centre

The former Georgian House in Newtownards, now the home of the Arts Centre, was designed by Stratford in 1765 and completed in 1770.

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Upcoming events at Ards Arts Centre


Edelle McMahon

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Fri, 16 Nov

One of Ireland's finest singer songwriters, Edelle McMahon is back with her-awaited debut album entitled Adventures In Narcissism.

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The Creative Peninsula Christmas Fayre

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30 Nov-01 Dec

A unique shopping experience joining craftspeople and artists from the Creative Peninsula for the annual 2018 Christmas Fayre.

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