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Addicts Rise From the Ashes Through Art Therapy in September Linen Hall Exhibition

31 August 2017



It’s back-to-school time and back to a full schedule of events at the Linen Hall in September. Recovering addicts have found healing through art in the new Linen Hall exhibition From the Ashes, which runs from 1 – 30 September.  We also open the doors on European Heritage Open Day with free tours and a fun family event on 9 September. 

The September schedule is as follows:

From the Ashes

1 – 30 September/ exhibition/ free

A group of recovering alcoholics use art to help rebuild their lives. In sobriety, their previous skills and artistic creativity have been resurrected to produce beautiful hand-made guitars, musical instruments, crafts and sculptures that show the journey of recovery. The group is tutored by Richard Kelly, an outstanding visual and woodworking artist. Funded by the Big Lottery People and Communities programme.

European Heritage Open Day

Saturday 9 September/ free tours and family event

The Linen Hall will join other iconic buildings to reveal the secrets inside on this popular open day. There are free tours at 11am and 1.00pm. At 12 noon gather the family around and join Mrs. Bud with stories, songs and poems about the glorious cycle of nature.

An Introduction to Kilwaughter Castle, its setting, development and importance from the 1600s

Tuesday 12 September at 1.00pm/ lecture/ free

Once a majestic manor house, Kilwaughter Castle, which now stands as a ruin in Co. Antrim, has a colourful, powerful history. Dr. Stiofán Ó Direáín looks at the early Agnews of the castle and the Ó Gnímh family, hereditary bards and poets to the Clandeboye O’Neills. He will examine their role in the inquisition of James I that led to the confiscation of Irish land and includes a reading of an Ó Gnímh poem and a translation from Irish.

The Poems of Olivia Elder (1735 – 1780)

Thursday 14 September at 1.00pm/ lecture/ free

Olivia Elder was the daughter of prominent New Light Presbyterian minister, John Elder, who ministered to the congregation of Aghadowey. The family income was supplemented through farming, and details from everyday life and explorations of Presbyterian theology appear in Olivia’s verse. It covers a range of subjects in a variety of styles including epistles, elegies, a pastoral poem, an ode, songs, occasional verse and outspoken satires.

Culture Night: Musical Threads

Friday 22 September 2.30pm – 4.30pm/ weaving workshop/ free

Join us for a unique weaving and singing workshop. Tonight we celebrate history, song, visual art and crafts with music as the thread that binds them all together.

Culture Night: Guess the year: A Herstory

Friday 22 September 6.00pm – 8.30pm/ lecture/ free

Belfast Feminist Network talks about equal rights.

Linen Hall Reading Group

Thursday 28 September at 1.10pm/ discussion/ free

All are welcome to join in the discussion and debate of the selected title of the month. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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