I am just back from a trip to London where I attended the 60th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists. While there, I also received the wonderful news that I have been elected as an associate member of the society. This news makes me both proud of this achievement and humbled to be counted among such illustrious wildlife artists, both past and present. It is also a joy to be part of this welcoming and supportive community of artists united by their love of nature and their desire to express and communicate its value through the work they make.
Now I am back in the studio and busy preparing for all the events in the next few weeks. Its Bobs favourite time of year and he is much in demand! Bobs in shops, make your own Bob workshops, Bobs at festive craft fairs, you name it! This starts TOMORROW with the Boom open studios, which coincides with the Bangor light switch on
Boom Open Studios and Light Switch on
Boom Studios is open part of the Christmas Passport Trail this Saturday! Come to our open day from 12-4pm and get your passport/stamp. Enjoy a workshop taster, refreshments and visit the artists working in their studios – we’ll finish up at 4, plenty of time to go down and see the lights switch on!
Lots of fun happening in Boom 1, but dont forget to have a peek in Boom 2 – next to the Heart Foundation shop. Ill be there 12 -4.
Free to attend event. Costs may apply to some activities.
Programme for the day:
5.30 pm The Switch On of the Christmas Lights at the McKee Clock arena
12noon – 7pm | Festive Bar and Food Village, Queen’s Parade car park
1pm – 6pm | Indoor Festive Market, Main Street (former TK Maxx Building)
Made in AND – Pop up Christmas shop at North down Museum
The very popular pop up shop will once again be taking over the galleries and cafe at North Down Museum. This event is fast becoming a local seasonal tradition. Don’t miss the special late night Shopping event on Thursday 30th November! Join us for an evening of music, artists demonstrations and shopping. The museum will be festively decorated, the coffee shop will be open serving food and drink and visitors will be able to see the museum and purchase unique gifts in a completely different way.
North Down Museum, Bangor
Wednesday 22 November 2023 -Sunday 7 January 2024
Late Night Shopping Thursday 30 November 6-9pm
Museum opening times
Tuesday -Saturday 10am-4:00pm
Closed on Mondays
The Creative Peninsula Christmas Fayre Returns!
This Year sees the welcome return of the Christmas Craft Fayre in Ards Arts Centre after an absence of 3 years due to the Covid pandemic. The gap has been filled by a Christmas pop up shop for two years, but we are all excited to have one of the best fayres of the season back in our schedule,
Come and enjoy the opulent festive setting of Ards Arts Centre, with seasonal live music interludes, complementary gift wrapping, and festive refreshments! Take time out of the busy shopping crowds and get your December shopping campaign off to a great start.
Ards Arts Centre
Friday 1 December 4 -8 pm
Saturday 2 December 10am – 4 pm
North Down Craft Collective at the Court House, Bangor
My final event for this year will be at the Court House,Bangor. North Down Craft Collective will be returning for a third collaboration with this great venue in the lovingly restored Court House in Bangor.
Sunday 10 December 2023
The Court House Bangor
12 – 5pm
Don’t Forget to Support your Local shops!
In the flurry of Fairs and events, it is easy to forget about your local craft and art shops that are there all year round. Here are a few where you can find some of my work. Get out and support them this festive season!