Linen Lab is a creative engagement programme for young people offered by the FE McWilliam Gallery & Studio.
We are bringing artists, designers and young people together to take a fresh look at linen and to test out some exciting creative techniques.
Linen Lab is part of the ‘Connected’ project - a large-scale creative initiative co-funded between Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland - aiming to build new creative partnerships between cultural venues, artists and local audiences.
There are 8 creative professionals working on the Linen Lab project. Their challenge is to work collaboratively with young people aged 10-19 through a nine-month programme of classroom and gallery-based creative sessions, as they develop new work for an exhibition in the FE McWilliam Gallery.
Thirteen local schools signed up to get involved in the programme – primary, secondary and third level.
The challenge for the 450 students involved is to explore a variety of creative processes with linen - print, dye, paint, stitch, fold, form, knit, knot, draw, digitise, write, construct, deconstruct, laser cut – with the support of the artist or artists assigned to their school.
In the final session, each class visits the gallery or a local linen industry site. At the end of the project, the Linen Lab exhibition will present the results of these exciting creative collaborations.
Want to get involved?
If you are aged 14-18 and you would like to work with some of our Linen Lab team, then sign up for one of our ‘Lab Nights’ workshops at the FE McWilliam gallery. Only £2 to register and offering a host of exciting creative experiences. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment!