A new art exhibition...in a byre!

The disused byre in Glarryford scene of a new contemporary art and craft exhibition launched on Saturday as part of August Craft Month
The disused byre in Glarryford scene of a new contemporary art and craft exhibition launched on Saturday as part of August Craft Month

Saturday saw the launch of a very special exhibition in a disused byre near Cloughmills.

The exhibition of contemporary local art and craft in the byre features work by Sharon Adams, Alice Clark, Katy English, Noel McCullough and Rory Shearer. The exhibition includes original one-off pieces of sculpture, furniture, ceramics and drawing.

Artist Sharon Adams has curated a small selection of local work to show in the disused byre at her home. Having lived in England for 25 years, Sharon is used to artists and makers throwing open their doors each year and inviting the public to enjoy a selection of handmade artefacts in an informal setting.

She said: “Galleries can seem a bit sterile and serious so I wanted to host something simple and down to earth that everyone can enjoy.

“August sees craft take centre stage as Craft NI launched its annual Craft Month with exhibitions, workshops and shows right across the Province. You could see goldsmithing in Glenarm or linen in Lisburn, but why not visit an exhibition closer to home?”

As well as Sharon’s own “functionless tools” you can see sculpture by Alice Clarke, drawings by Cushendun-based Katy English, furniture by Ballymena maker Noel McCullough and ceramics by Rory Shearer, who also lives in the Ballymena area.

There are one-off pieces, more often seen under the bright lights of a crisp white gallery and a complementary retail selection. In natural materials and muted colours, they are quite at home among the original fixtures of the byre, last used for milking by the previous owners in the 1960s. The exhibition continues on 29-30-31 August from 11am to 5pm at 81 Old Frocess Road, Cloughmills www.sharonadams.co.uk/byre