Looking for an artist to work with your group? Then review our Artist List, outlining a wide variety of Community Artists working in Northern Ireland.

If you would like to register on the database, or for any further enquiries about finding an artist, please contact the Arts Manager, Bridget Lindsay or call 028 9035 7542.

Amy Willians

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Hello – I’m Amy Willans, and I have been working as a community artist for the last nine years, working on projects ranging from murals, mosaic, 2D + 3D visual arts, early year projects, schools, afterschool clubs, women’s groups, churches, events, and summer schemes.

I am passionate about creativity and giving children and adults the skills and confidence to express themselves through art and making. My skill set is wide and diverse, and although my background lies in all things textile art, I work with many different types of materials + topics, abilities and age ranges.
Specialisms: Textiles, junk art, murals, mosaic, mask making, 2D + 3D visual arts

Lauren Magill

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I have been a practicing artist for over 25 years, facilitating workshops, producing commissioned artworks for community groups, schools, nursery’s, galleries, hospitals, parks, festivals and drama sets.

My skills are broad, I mastered in sculpture followed by an advanced certificate in hand made furniture and design.

As a community artist my main area’s of art are sculpture, murals and illustration, scrap and environmental art.

I work with all age groups and abilities and I really enjoy engaging groups in the artistic process through a wide range of topics and mediums. I have been told my enthusiasm is infectious but in fact I really don’t know who enjoys the work more, me or the group. I have met some amazing individuals along the way who do amazing work for their communities, schools and organisations and I am now proud to call these people my friends.
Specialisms: Sculpture, murals and illustration, scrap and environmental art

Dawn Aston

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I work as a visual artist, community artist and am a multiple award winning garden designer.

I am experienced in working with all ages and abilities. I have facilitated art workshops in the townships of S. Africa and back home in N. Ireland in schools, community centres, drop in centres, and charities. These projects have been diverse, from indoor artwork in drawing/painting/3D construction to outdoor murals/mosaic installations/design and production of sensory gardens in schools.

I have worked for Belfast City Council, Newtownabbey BC, Arts organisations and schools on ReImaging and Cross-community projects including Art & Landscape installations, murals and mosaic installations.

I ran my own Kids Art and History Club in Larne Museum and Arts Centre for a number of years.

Thorough planning is essential with the schools and groups. During workshops the children are encouraged to make choices and decisions, to develop ideas, learn new skills, and work together during the process of art making. The natural world, local environment and identity are common themes in many of my projects.
Specialisms: Mosaics, painting, drawing, portraits, garden design, photography, collages, 3D construction

Fionnuala Duffin

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I have worked for a number of years as a community artist through Play Resource. I’m told I come across as friendly, enthusiastic and always striving to make every workshop fun while encouraging all participants to be creative and bring out their inner artist.

I work with all age groups and abilities and enjoy the challenge of being flexible on style and being creative with ideas. My workshops range from scrap sculpture, musical instruments, murals, mosaic, print, carnival masks to name but a few. I love the new ideas each group brings and I am always up for a challenge.
Specialisms: Scrap sculpture, Carnival masks, Murals, painting, drawing, print making, textiles

Jim Russell

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As a community artist with over 30 years of experience my range of skills is pretty broad but my three main areas of art are – Illustration, sculpture and photography.

I am particularly keen on illustrating children’s stories and have been commissioned to illustrate various publications and information packs.

Sculpture and in particular willow sculpture has been a growing interest for me in the last 10 years with many environmental pieces made for festivals and stage sets.

Photography has always been an important part of my work from simply recording events and work and I have developed a keen interest in photographing nature in close up and have exhibited this work at Play Resource. The development of my photography skills has led me explore animation using plasticine modelling.
Specialisms: Illustration, sculpture and photography

Sheelagh Colclough

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I have been a self employed artist working in the community, exhibiting, researching, delivering training and producing commissioned artwork, since returning to Northern Ireland in 2000.

I have been working for Play Resource since 2002 and have worked for a wide variety of arts and community organisations from early years to elder years in nurseries, schools, clubs, hospitals, parks and many other interesting places!

I always like to work with the group’s needs in mind, providing plenty of ideas and source materials for creative stimulus and letting everybody progress at their own pace. As a multi media artist I work across a variety of artforms.
Specialisms: Drawing, painting, printing, collage, paper sculpture, papier mache, photography and animation.

Anna O’Kane

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As a Community Artist and teacher, Anna has developed and maintained successful working relationships over the past 15 years with several leading organisations in the statutory, community and voluntary sectors. This helped her identify training opportunities and led to the creation of new innovative courses aimed at improving practice and delivery of art & craft in community settings.

Projects, classes and training workshops have been manifold over the years and include mosaic, felt making, glass painting, jewellery making, community art & crafts training, and recycling projects such as paper making and scrap art. These have been delivered through schools, FE colleges, hospitals, community centres, Play Resource, festivals, day centres, youth clubs and arts centres. Anna has worked with all ages from primary to pensioners in a diverse range of social settings including marginalised groups such as Travellers, teenagers excluded from school and people with a disability. The range of classes and projects undertaken locally and internationally and the diversity of participants are testament to her commitment, ability and passion for community arts work.
Specialisms: mosaic, felt making, glass painting, jewellery making, community art & crafts training, recycling projects such as paper making and scrap art

Angela Ginn

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Angela Ginn has been a practicing artist for 20 years and has been facilitating creative art workshops for 17 years. She has worked in community groups, galleries, schools and hospitals, involving many different people including the elderly, women’s groups, inter generational, multi-cultural and youth groups. She was resident artist for Dungannon Community Arts Studio for three years facilitating their Arts and Disability programme. Her approach is always child/ participant centred.

Angela offers workshops for small process based arts and crafts projects and large public artworks to suit the needs of each group. It is always important for her to liaise thoroughly with each group and that each project is especially tailored to suit the needs, ideas and vision of the group.

Some recent projects have included :

A series of murals for Monkstown Community Centre which represent the wide range of the community who use the centre.

A large cross community mosaic project involving two Glengormley schools – Carnmoney and St Mary’s On The Hill PS.

A WELCOME mosaic for St Bernards PS in Glengormley

A series of anti drugs murals with Newtownabbey Community High School, Rathcoole.

She has been resident artist for the last three years in eight schools in Antrim, facilitating their extended schools art programme and co-ordinating and facilitating art sessions and various exhibitions for the schools. Angela has worked with numerous community and schools groups through the Play Resource over the last fifteen years.

In 2011 she was commissioned to create four ACNI Re Imaging artworks in various locations across Northern Ireland.
Specialisms: drawing, painting, mosaic, murals, textiles, general arts, general crafts

Caroline Jeffrey

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I am a positive enthusiastic person and really enjoy working with people in a visual way. Creativity and imagination has an exciting contagious energy: I love the way ideas seem to take on a life of their own and just keep growing….

I facilitate collaborative workshops and projects where everyone has the freedom to express themselves within a supportive friendly environment, while being given the technical skills they need to bring their ideas into reality.

My priority is that participants are engaged, inspired and excited by what they are doing.

I work with all age groups and abilities, but particularly enjoy working with teenage young people. I use a wide range of media, and have a lot of experience with issue based topics such as drugs, bullying, and anti-social behaviour. I also run classroom based teacher training projects.
Specialisms: murals, mosaics, printmaking, 3D paper sculpture, moving toys, textiles

Anne Quail

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“The classes and projects that I facilitate are prepared to meet the specific requirements of the participants. I will pre-plan activities to suit all levels of ability and guide everyone though each stage at their own individual pace. My main concerns are that there is a relaxed comfortable atmosphere that allows everyone a chance to learn, explore, reflect and achieve their highest creative potential.

“I have experience in working with early years, primary, secondary, older people, special needs, ethnic groups.”
Specialisms: textiles, feltmaking, junk/willow sculpture, painting and drawing, basic jewellery making, glasspainting, printing, costume and carnival arts, topical themed projects such as anti bullying, respect, multiculturalism, healthy living