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Thursday February 16th at 8pm

Preston Reed in Concert at Flowerfield

Preston Reed brings his acoustic guitar talent to Flowerfield Arts Centre on Thursday 16th Feb at 8pm.

After a whirlwind year performing in China, USA, Canada and Europe and an appearance on Sky Arts ‘Guitar Star’, Preston is set return to Flowerfield Arts Centre as part of his Irish tour!
The power and depth of Preston's timeless, imagery-evoking compositions are as unique as his execution. Blues, rock, metal, funk, jazz and classical styles are distilled into a breath-taking musical and visual experience - a border-hopping musical language that tells stories without words.

Recognised internationally as one of the greatest guitarists in the world, and as a ground-breaking innovator, Reed revolutionised the way the acoustic guitar is played. He has inspired generations of musicians and enchanted audiences the world over.

As millions of YouTube viewers have discovered, Reed's recordings and live performances continue to define the sound of the pioneering compositional guitar genre he invented over a quarter century ago.

“Widely thought of as the world’s most gifted guitarist” Total Guitar

“Spectacular…the best one-man show this reviewer has seen since Bruce Springsteen…A terrific performer” The Irish Independent

Tickets are £13 and available now at our Reception (In person or call 028 7083 1400), or online at http://tinyurl.com/FACPreston


Thursday December 8th at 7.30pm

Girona Orchestra Annual Christmas Concert at Flowerfield


The Girona Community Orchestra is holding its annual Christmas Concert on Thursday 8th December 2016 at 7.30pm.  The Girona is delighted to be part of the seasonal programme at Flowerfield Arts Centre and with several new members this year, this has brought a new depth to the music which will be reflected in their diverse range of pieces - "Dance of the Blessed Spirits" by Gluck  , Andrew Lloyd Webber's  "Symphonic Reflections" and the Tchaikovskiana Suite  - Prelude - arranged by Wiltshire.

 There will of course be traditional carols for the audience to sing along to as well as several separate performances from trios and quartets from within the Girona featuring a broad range of musical delights. "Music for All" is our aim and our Christmas repertoire stretches both the ability of the musicians and pleases the ear of the audience. We also have invited guest performances to enhance the musical experience for our audience.


Tickets will be available from any orchestra member, McIntyre's on The Promenade Portstewart or at the door - £5.00 - which includes post performance refreshments.


Thursday October 13th at 8pm

Ciaran Lavery Live at Flowerfield

Support by Rosie Carney


Prince of Norway Tour
"It's the sound of a songwriter who's very in touch with his own ability and comfortable in his own skin" - Zane Low
"Lavery's songwriting is nothing short of remarkable" - Hot Press
"Strong, crafted, hugely engaging songwriting" - Irish Times
"One To Watch" - Independent
Having wowed the likes of Q, Clash Magazine, The Independent and KCRW with his recently revealed album 'Let Bad In", and hot off a debut tour of US & Canda and a return to Europe, Ciaran Lavery pays a visit to the north coast with a new album, a new video for album track 'Okkervil River' and the just announced the Irish leg of his much lauded 'Prince of Norway' Tour in which we are delighted to be involved! 
He may wield an acoustic guitar and write achingly beautiful universal truths, but Ciaran Lavery doesn’t conform to the sensitive singer-songwriter archetype. The County Antrim native’s second album, Let Bad In, blends Americana and hip-hop influences in a grainy voice with a deep soul impulse over processed beats and sumptuous strings.
Let Bad In is essentially an album based on the naivety of childhood & the loss of that innocence with age. In 2014, Lavery’s Kosher EP and Not Nearly Dark album went global, with the tracks, Shame and Left For America leading the charge racking up more than 30 million listens on the Spotify streaming service and inspiring a raft of renditions from other countries.
The release of Sea Legs, a mini-album on which Lavery collaborated with electronica artist Ryan Vail, won them a nomination for best album at the Northern Irish Music Prize. And then, later in the year, he won the Big Break, a search for the brightest of Ireland’s bright young things hosted by Hot Press magazine.
It’s all about momentum. And there is a real sense that this time belongs to Lavery, that his star will continue to soar in the ascendant just as the instinctive approach to his craft nudges him in other directions.


Listen Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPgPfR7tiKg
Supporting Ciaran will be Rosie Carney, a 19 year old singer songwriter from Hampshire, UK now living in Donegal, Ireland. She gathers inspiration from the beautfully rugged landscape that surrounds her, along with her ability to disect and make others stories intobeautifully heartfelt songs.
"I find something quite wonderful about being vulnerable. I think it's such an important aspect of human nature, to allow our hearts to feel and break to their full capacity. I think it's so important to allow yourself the freedom to express how you're really feeling, be it through song, poetry or any form of art. When I was 10, I started composing my own classical pieces on the piano which allowed me to express how I was feeling at that current time. That's then when I figured it was okay to sing about how myself and others felt."
We look forward to welcoming both artists to Flowerfield in October.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a cabaret style event, please feel free to bring your own bottle.
Get your tickets online, telephone 028 70831400 or call at Flowerfield and pick them up from our reception desk

Sunday October 16 at 2.30pm

Grafitti Classics

Special Sunday Matinee Show



“…..will leave you wanting more.” – Daily Mail

“They had the audience falling off their seats with laughter.”. –Western Gazette


16 strings, 8 dancing feet and 4 voices with 1 aim: to make classical music wickedly funny and fantastically exhilarating for everyone, young and old. Graffiti Classics bursts the elitist boundaries of the traditional string quartet with its hilarious all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy show. It's a classical concert, a gypsy-folk romp, an opera, a stand-up comedy set and a brilliant dance show all rolled into one!

There really is something for everyone and Graffiti Classics never fails to get audiences laughing, clapping and singing along. Kids and adults alike love the uplifting and virtuosic variety of musical styles, all tied together with cheeky audience interaction.

For more details and updates, visit :http://www.graffiticlassics.com/

Get your tickets online, telephone 028 70831400 or call at Flowerfield and pick them up from our reception desk


Thursday November 3 at 8pm

Anthony Toner: An Evening Of John Prine



As legendary singer songwriter John Prine turns 70, one of his biggest fans – singer songwriter Anthony Toner – offers an evening in celebration of the man and his unique music. An intimate, solo show in which Anthony will play a selection of his favourites from the back catalogue - and show why Prine, one of the finest writers of his generation, remains such an influence. Expect some fine picking and singing, and an evening of classics – everything from ‘Sam Stone’ and ‘Spanish Pipedream’ to ‘Lake Marie’, ‘Hello In There’ and ‘Speed of the Sound of Loneliness’.
Born in Coleraine and now based in Belfast, Anthony Toner is one of Northern Ireland’s most popular and acclaimed songwriters and guitarists – his back catalogue includes seven albums, and songs such as ‘Sailortown’, ‘Well Well Well’ and ‘The Road to Fivemiletown’. This year has seen him extend his audience with shows across Scotland and England, performing solo and as special guest of Barbara Dickson, and he’s working on material for a brand new album - to be released early in 2017.
For more details and updates, visit www.anthonytoner.net

PLEASE NOTE: This is a cabaret style gig, please feel free to Bring Your Own Bottle


Get your tickets online, telephone 028 70831400 or call at Flowerfield and pick them up from our reception desk

Thursday May 26 at 8pm


PORTS - Debut Album Launch

Support by Plain Zebra


PORTS are a four piece band from Northern Ireland known for performing ‘emotionally literate rock’. They consist of Steven McCool (Bass and Vocals), Mark O'Doherty (Drums), Ryan Griffiths (Guitar) and Conor Mason (Piano). After the release of their first demo ‘I’d Let You Win’, The band received a flood of fantastic reviews including; 'Flavour of the Month' and 'Ones to Watch' from BBC Introducing which resulted in extensive airplay from BBC Radio 1, RTE as well as Radio Ulster and Foyle. PORTS rose to prominence in Ireland after an exciting performance at 'Other Voices', Derry-Londonderry (when they stepped in to replace Two Door Cinema Club). After their memorable performance, they were asked to return to the Other Voices stage, this time in London’s own Wilton’s Music Hall, joined by Villagers; John Grant; SOAK and Imelda May.  
2015 saw the band take a step back to finish their, much anticipated, debut album “The Devil Is A Songbird”. Gameplay, the first single released from the album, has already made an impact after being used for MTV Teen Drama “Awkward”. That momentum has continued to grow with State.ie naming the band as one of the “Faces of 2016”. 

With the release of the album in May, the band will bring their engaging and deeply personal live shows on tour in what will be, described by “Hotpress” a “massive year for the guys”


Plain Zebra are a new upcoming band, with original music that can only be described as psychedelic bluesy/folky/funky rock n roll dipped vigorously into a contemporary industrial alternative coating. 

Plain Zebra is made up of founding members Graham ‘Baldy’ Baldrick (guitar) and Mick McCafferty (bass guitar, backing vocals). Usually making waves with his wife Kate O’ Callaghan and keeping the pulse for Mark Black and The Trips we have Seamus Devenney (drums, backing vocals, violin). Former member of Chadsko, current member of The Bronágh Gallagher band, Caolán Mc Laughlin (keys, Hammond organ, backing vocals). To complete this fellowship, all the way from Russia with such a stimulating vocal and stage presence Plain Zebra have front man Vadim Zeberg (lead vocal, standing accordion, mouth organ). 



Thursday 10th June @ 8pm

Amanda St John - Debut Album Launch

With Special Guest Hannah McPhillimy (North Coast EP Launch)


Amanda St John is a Soul and Blues singer from Glenariffe, Co.Antrim.

She is a mainstay on the Northern Ireland radio, festival and gig circuit and has supported artists like Brian Kennedy, Duke Special, Eddie Reader (or Fairground Attraction).

The album includes collaborations with David Lyttle (MOBO nominated Jazz musician) and Jon Tiven (Nashville writer/producer who has worked with BB King, 
Wilson Pickett, Van Morrison and The Rolling Stones, etc...) as well as a guest appearance from local Jazz legend Linley Hamilton.


An incredible live performer, St John is known for her passionate, powerful vocals and engaging stage presence. Her band are some of the best musicians in Northern Ireland and together they are set to celebrate the launch of this eagerly anticipated album.


“An incredible vocal performer and wonderfully talented songwriter.” Ralph McLean, BBC Radio Ulster

"Amanda St John is totally in control of her craft and could be a huge international star". John Kearns Irish News and Cool FM

“Feisty and fresh soul infused vocals...a must listen,” Hot Press Magazine

North Coast-raised, Belfast-based songwriter Hannah McPhillimy’s thoughtful mus ic brings jazz-inflected indie warmth against a windswept backdrop. With her beguiling voice and ear for melody, paired with unguarded, reflective narratives, she has prompted comparisons to the likes of Feist, Regina Spektor and Daughter, all the while carving out her own distinctive path.


With a back catalogue of appearances including RTE’s Other Voices, with Go Wolf at SXSW, supporting slots with The Gloaming, SOAK, Gungor and Foy Vance - never mind a Culture NI trade delegation to Brussels - Hannah has developed a more sophisticated sound and into a bolder artist during a couple of action-packed years.

We are pleased to welcome her to Flowerfield for the north coast launch of her new record, Wind Machine, a culmination of lessons learnt on the road and in the studio and a desire to explore new boundaries, Hannah’s latest music is packed full of surprises.


“A signature voice that’s informed by jazz, but amenable to any which direction” -Stuart Bailie, BBC

“A show-stopping voice” -Irish News

“A hugely competent multiinstrumentalist and increasingly self-assured performer, it’s McPhillimy’s beguiling vocal talents that really hit home, time and time again” - Brian Coney, The Thin Air


Get your tickets online, telephone 028 70831400 or call at Flowerfield and pick them up from our reception desk




 August Craft Month at Flowerfield Arts Centre

Saturday 1 – 31 August
Enrolment now open
Sat 6 - Sat 27 August 2016
Exhibition in Main Galleries
A collective of northern Craft-makers and Artists feature in this exhibition of Ceramics, Glass and Silver celebrating August Craft Month. Flowerfield Art Centre’s is famous for “Hot Crafts”, and its association with the makers of beautifully crafted pieces created by an alchemy of earth, fire and air.
Main Galleries at Flowerfield Arts Centre.
Open 9-5pm, Monday to Friday and 10-1pm on Saturdays.
Workshops at Flowerfield
Enrolment now open
Contact: Flowerfield Arts Centre
185 Coleraine Road, Portstewart, BT55 7HU
Tel: 028 7083 1400
Tel: 028 7083 1400
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General Info
  • All workshops are Suitable for age 16+
  • All Workshops usually run from 10am-4pm unless otherwise stated
  • Students are advised to bring a packed lunch, Tea & Coffee is available.
  • Wear old clothes or protective aprons.
  • Book places with a deposit (if over £80) and pay balance later
  • Bring some humour and laughter
Japanese Shibori (Indigo Dyed Fabric)
One Day Workshop with Catherine Quinn
Sat 20 August 2016        Fee:  £40 (includes materials)
Time: 10am-4pm 
Max 10 places
Learn the tradition of Japanese Shibori dyeing. First time students get two Tenugi, (a Japanese hand towel) and are shown two shibori techniques to assemble and fasten the pieces for a stunning dye effect. If you did it before and want to move to the next level, then make an indigo summer scarf using Arashi or the pole wrapping technique. Complete by dyeing everything in the natural indigo dye vat to a desired depth of glorious blue. This is more Zen than just simple tie-dye.
Raku Doodle Do!
2 Day Raku Pottery Workshop with Malcolm Murchison
Sat 20 & Sat 27 August 2016                 Fee: £120 (includes materials and firing)
10am-4pm 20 August
& 10am - 6pm 27 August
Max 7 Places only
East meets West in this 2 day specialist workshop of earth, air, fire, and water. Students will get to make up to 6 extraordinary pots with the master ceramicist on the first day, ready for glazing and finishing in the firey kiln on the second day. More information is available this is as much a performance as a workshop, don’t miss it.
Suitable for people with some ceramic experience.
Throwing Porcelain Bowls & Vessels
 Four Day Pottery Masterclass with Adam Frew
2-5 August 2016                Fee: £180 (4 days) (includes materials and firing)
9-12 August 2016              Fee: £180 (4 days) (includes materials and firing)
10am-4pm each day
Max 7 Places only
Participants will have the chance to make their own energetic pots using porcelain clay on a wheel, under the guidance of talented potter Adam Frew and finish with stains & glazes. Eagerly awaited, places are limited, sign up quickly.
Fee includes materials and kiln firing.
Glass Bead making for Jewellery
 Two 2-day workshops with Glassmaker Catherine Keenan
Fri 5 & Sat 6, August 2016                        Fee: £90      Conc. £80 (includes materials)
Fri 12 & Sat 13, August 2016                   Fee: £90      Conc. £80 (includes materials)
Time: 10am-4pm
Max 6 Places each workshop
Enjoy a two-day class using lampworking techniques in glass bead-making. Students will learn how to turn on the torch, get familiar with the tools and the workspace, as well as guidance on the health and safety aspects. Catherine will show how to make a round bead, and explain some ways of applying pattern and experimenting with form to make your beads more unusual. 
Students will be guided through the very basics of this skill so it’s suitable for beginners as well as experienced students who will be shown advanced techniques.
Fused Glass Chimes & Sun-catchers
A one day workshop with Glassmaker Natasha Duddy.
Friday 5 August 2016       Fee: £45 (includes materials)
Time: 10am-3pm  
Max number 10 places
Design & create your own special Wind-chimes or an elegant Sun-catcher for your house or garden from fused coloured glass. Natasha will guide you through the cut, fuse and slump process of warm glass making. Students of all abilities could take part in this workshop                             
A one day workshop with Glassmaker Natasha Duddy.
Friday 12 August 2016     Fee: £45(includes materials)
Time: 10am-3pm  
Max number 10 places
After a brief health and safety talk and glass cutting demonstration. Students will use of line and colour to design and make a flat piece of glass using geometric patterns. This will be fired in the kiln over a 2 day process and then the tutor will re-fire them into the chosen moulds to produce your own unique hand-made plates or bowls. Students of all abilities could take part in this workshop
Or …..How to fuse your precious & personal memories forever into glass
 A one day workshop with Glassmaker Natasha Duddy.
Friday 19 August 2016     Fee: £45 (includes materials)
Time: 10am-3pm  
Max number 10 places
Students must send images and text in advance of the class to be printed ready for use on the day. Ask on enrolment for details.
Create a special personalised gift for yourself or a loved one. Using copies of personal or cherished photos, pictures and or text learn how to process them and fire them permanently onto the glass. You can make a piece for framing, or simply as a very personal coaster.
Tiffany Stained Glass
2 Day Tiffany Stained Glass Workshops with Roberta Larkin
Fri 5 & Sat 6 August 2016                       Fee: £80        Conc: £75 (includes materials)
Fri 12 & Sat 13 August 2016
Max 10 Places only
Tiffany stained glass is famous for fabulous glass lampshades and jewel like glass boxes. It is made with the traditional craft of joining small pieces of coloured glass together using the solder & copper foil Tiffany technique. Students will get expert guidance from Roberta in these two day workshops, on how to design and make their own jewel like decorative pieces of glassware. Make a simple decorative sun-catcher(s) to get you started on this amazing craft. Suitable for beginners.
Stacking Rings Necklace and Bangles
Silver design with Diane Lyness
Two day Jewellery Making workshop with Silversmith Diane Lyness   
Fri 26 & Sat 27 August 2016       Fee: £80       Conc: £70 (includes materials)
Time: 10am-5pm 
Max 10 places
Spend two days with Jeweller Diane Lyness by creating a silver necklace, stacking rings and/or a bangle. Each participant will be taught traditional jewellery making techniques, with help to design and make beautiful jewellery to take home. You will surprise yourself with what you can achieve in this workshop.
Image reference:  August Craft Month Logo TBC
Image Credentials: CraftNI


Previous Events: 2016  

Opening hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and 10am to 1pm, Saturday. Flowerfield is also often open on
weekday evenings when creative classes are running in the centre please call us for details.
Flowerfield Arts Centre, 185 Coleraine Road, Portstewart, BT55 7HU
028 7083 1400, info@flowerfield.org