South Tipperary Arts Centre is getting ready for Christmas

South Tipp Arts Centre

The South Tipp Arts Centre in Nelson Street, Clonmel, has a busy schedule of events in the build-up to Christmas

The South Tipperary Arts Centre in Nelson Street, Clonmel has a great selection of creative workshops every weekend coming up to Christmas, with something to get everyone into the spirit of the festive season.

On this Saturday, 25th November, they’ll be looking forward to Advent with a workshop where families can make their own wreaths, or a special Christmas countdown for children.

In December, each weekend will celebrate the Christmas traditions of a different country, starting with Nollaig on Saturday December 2nd.

You can upcycle an old piece of clothing to make your very own Christmas jumper, join the centre's tutor and calligrapher Lily O’Donnell to create a very special Clonmel Christmas card and nibble mince pies while listening to carols with the choir Cahir To Sing.

On Saturday, December 9th, the Arts Centre are delighted to open their doors to Clonmel Polish School. People are invited to come along to the event Boże Narodzenie to discover the special Christmas traditions of Poland, including music, workshops with the centre's Mags Rudnicka, decorations and food.

The traditions of Germany – the home country of Elke Wilson, who is coordinating the workshop series as well as decorating the gallery – will be celebrated on Saturday December 16th with Weihnachten. Visitors can make a traditional German floral centrepiece or create decorations and stars, using repoussé (metal working) techniques. There will also be music and you can enjoy some mulled apple juice and stollen, which is a fruit bread.

Also on Saturday December 16th, the Arts Centre are delighted to showcase some Clonmel musical talent with SingSong Under The Arches. As part of the Santa Dash event the members of popular band SuperSoul Machine will play original songs by a group of young people that they’ve been working with, as well as some well-known Christmas tunes.

Join them from 3.45 – 4.15pm at the Main Guard. If you feel like joining in, come along to the public singing rehearsal on Wednesday, December 13th at 7pm at the Arts Centre in Nelson Street, Clonmel.

The Arts Centre currently has an exhibition of vibrant and engaging watercolour paintings by Kilkenny-based artist John Lauder Davies. The artist has given some interesting and inspiring talks to students from Loreto Secondary School, CBS High School and Gaelscoil Chluain Meala.

‘Wish You Were Here’ runs at the Arts Centre until this Saturday, November 25th.

‘The Art of the Heart’, a group exhibition of Tipperary artists, with work by Gerry Davis, Mary Finn, Noel Long, Marie O’Driscoll, Ciarnad Ryan, Philip Ryan, Dóirín Saurus and Andy Whelan, and curated by Denise Meagher, will open at the Arts Centre on Friday 1st December at 5pm. All are welcome.

South Tipperary Arts Centre is open from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

Call 052-6127877 or e-mail info@southtippartscentre.ie for more details.