Doors set to open again at Arts Centres and Ballymoney Museum

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Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is delighted to confirm the re-opening of Flowerfield Arts Centre, Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre and Ballymoney Museum on Wednesday 26th May 2021 following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

Within the Arts Centres, plans are well underway for a summer programme featuring fantastic exhibitions, workshops and small-scale events, focusing on creativity, well-being and the environment.

At Flowerfield, there’s a ‘last chance’ to see the stunning Tribes and Tribulations exhibition by Wexford-based artist Helen Merrigan Colfer which opened briefly last autumn. Featuring drawings, sculptures and installation, the exhibition continues until Saturday 5th June. It will be followed by ‘Close to Home’ from June 19th, an exhibition of rural landscape paintings by Maurice Orr inspired by the poetry of Seamus Heaney.

Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre is thrilled to exhibit Down to Earth, a series of paintings and sculptures from Banbridge-based contemporary artist, Millie Moore, from May 26th to July 3rd.

At Ballymoney Museum, the ground floor galleries will open again with the new temporary exhibition, Partition in Ireland: Partition of Ulster.

Exploring the period 1919 -1922, it connects local stories to national and international events such as soldiers returning from battlefields, the Spanish flu epidemic, the suffrage movement and changing role of women, civil unrest, rising unemployment, technological changes and the Anglo-Irish Treaty which brought to a formal end the Anglo-Irish War/Irish War of Independence. Newspapers, diaries and museum collections record local experiences of, and responses to, these significant changes.

Within the permanent gallery, visitors can explore the vibrant history of the area since early times including the mystical Derrykeighan Stone from which the museum takes its enigmatic logo, the 1798 Rebellion, local involvement in the two World Wars, the Corfield Camera factory and the history of Road Racing in Ireland. 

Outside of the venue we will also be displaying the wonderfully creative artwork by children involved in our ‘Me to You’ Playful Museum week.

Limavady Museum will reopen its Ritter Gallery within Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre with its new exhibition on Limavady High School’s 60th Anniversary. It celebrates this important occasion with photographs and colourful exhibition panels exploring the school’s history, its staff, pupils, sports, music, theatre and special occasions.

All three venues have secured the ‘Good to Go!’ UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to reassure customers that they adhere to the best government and public health safety measures.  They also have the ‘Safe Travels’ verification by the World Travel and Tourism Council for international visitors.

The Arts Centres will maintain temporary reduced opening hours of Wednesday and Thursday 10am-4pm & 7pm-9pm, Friday 10am-3pm and Saturday 10am-1pm.

For further information, visit www.flowerfield.org or www.roevalleyarts.com.

Ballymoney Museum will be open Wednesday-Thursday 10am-12.30pm & 1pm-4pm, Friday 10am-12.30pm & 1pm-3pm and Saturday 10am-1pm.

For more information please contact cms@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk.

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