Support for the Creative Industries could make Moyle the Arts and Crafts centre of the North

14 03 2013

Celtic Art

Following a recent Assembly debate on the Creative Industries Ballycastle SDLP Councillor, Dónal Cunningham has called for locally based artists and craftspeople to link up in a bid to further promote the Arts and Crafts sector which exists in Ballycastle, Rathlin Island and the Glens of Antrim.
Councillor Cunningham said: “The creative industries have the potential to create employment, at this time of economic difficulty we need to do all in our power to create as many jobs as we can. In Moyle we have such a rich variety of artists and craftspeople. We are home to a huge variety of talents such as potters, painters, photographers, sculptors, jewellery designers and furniture makers and much more. I believe there is a huge potential for this industry to grow further by targeting the tourism industry and encouraging visitors to visit Ballycastle, Rathlin Island and the Glens to sample art and craft.
Promoting our local arts and crafts serves also to promote the whole region, and can bring benefits for all year round. Once visitors discover how beautiful our area is and the quality of arts and crafts on offer they will want to keep coming back. In order to do so through the creative industries we must ensure that all efforts are co-ordinated and that collaboration between stakeholders is maximised.
“Government departments, with the department of Culture, Arts, and Leisure taking the lead, should create the supportive conditions for optimum growth within the huge potential which this sector offers.
“Once we mark Moyle out as being somewhere that nurtures and encourages arts and crafts, we will be sending out the message that it is a great place for artists and crafts makers to earn a livelihood, and the sort of place where young and talented people can build a career.”





Make Moyle the Arts and Crafts centre of the North

15 09 2012

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor, Dónal Cunningham has called for local based artists and craftspeople to link up in a bid to further promote the Arts and Crafts sector which exists in Ballycastle, Rathlin Island and the Glens of Antrim.

Councillor Cunningham said: “We have such a rich variety of artists and craftspeople. We are home to a huge variety of talents such as potters, painters, photographers, sculptors, jewellery designers and furniture makers and much more. Many have already come together for the Ballycastle Community Markets but I believe there is still a huge potential for this industry to grow further by targeting the tourism industry and encouraging visitors to visit Ballycastle, Rathlin Island and the Glens to sample art and craft.

Promoting our local arts and crafts serves also to promote the whole region, and can bring benefits for all year round. Once visitors discover how beautiful our area is and the quality of arts and crafts on offer they will want to keep coming back.

“Once we mark Moyle out as being somewhere that nurtures and encourages arts and crafts, we will be sending out the message that it is a great place for artists and crafts makers to earn a livelihood, and the sort of place where young and talented people can build a career.”