As part of the unique This Place exhibition, which is taking place in the Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown until Tuesday, March 3, people are being invited to take part in an exciting series of free events.
There is something for everyone with wellness, creativity, food and history included in the line-up. Visitors can visit This Place to view the unique pieces of artwork from renowned artists Amanda Coogan and Tonya McMullan and take part in the wonderful selection of events including:
Thursday January 23: Honey Tasting and Food Pairing (11am – 12.30pm)
Learn more about local honey and sample a selection to compare their texture and taste. The interactive workshop is led by This Place artist Tonya McMullan who will take you on a journey for the tastebuds as she talks about a variation of flavoured honeys, explaining the difference in taste and texture. Learn how to pair different kinds of honey with foods for maximum flavour.
Saturday January 25: Art of Plating Food (11am – 12pm)
Learn the art of plating food with Groucho’s On The Square Head Chef Mervyn Steenson who always goes the extra mile to source the very best of local produce. This workshop will show participants how to present a delicious meal to make sure it looks as impressive as it tastes.
Thursday January 30: Talk: Folklore Chats with Martelle McParland (10.30am-11.30am)
Hear from published poet Martell McPartland as she recounts folklore and popular stories from the region.
Saturday February 8: Family Open Art Day (11.30am – 3pm)
Enjoy a day for all the family with a movie and family craft workshop. Beginning with Maya and the Bee, a story about a young bee who leaves her hive to discover the beauty of the world around her. Watch her adventures as she explores in amazement by what she discovers in her new surroundings. Then there will be an interactive ‘Roses and Bees’ workshop with Deborah Malcomson where participants will have a chance to make their own insects and flower crafts.
Music: Paddy Barry (4pm)
Enjoy an afternoon of entertainment from Paddy Barry, an accomplished local musician who plays a range of instruments from the banjo and bodhran to bouzouki and guitar.
Thursday February 13: Olfacto Stroll (2pm – 3.30pm)
Talk a walk through Portadown, allowing smell to guide instead of your eyes. The walk begins with a grounding exercise, getting you to start thinking about your breathing. You will consider all the things you are sensing in your environment, the temperature, weather, sounds, light and smell. Weather dependent, you can experience some of the walk blindfold, allowing the senses to peak.
Saturday February 15: Film: Honeyland (12pm – 1.30pm)
This highly acclaimed environmental documentary tells the story about one of Europe’s last wild-beekeepers. Set in an abandoned village in North Macedonia, Hatidze, a woman in her mid-50s, harvests honey sustainably the traditional way from wild hives. Trouble brews when the problematic family move in next door and Hatidze’s livelihood is threatened by the actions of her new neighbours.
‘This Place’ is the culmination of two three-month residencies at the Millennium Court Arts Centre by Amanda Coogan and Tonya McMullan. Both artists have researched and developed new work based on the memories and reflections of older adults living in rural communities in and around Portadown as well as people’s connection with their local environment and wildlife.
All events are free but booking is essential. To book a place go to http://thisplace.eventbrite.com/