The Ballycastle Town Market offers a stage for exceptional local produce and handcrafted items, with a great selection of produce, variety of knowledgeable, friendly artisan traders. You’ll be amazed at the quality of the local produce and handcrafted goods you’ll find for sale at the market. It also offers membership status to artists, crafts and local producers that create their produce within 30 miles of Ballycastle, and casual traders status to those outside the 30 mile radius. The market is a wonderful option for local artists, crafters and producers to help them become self-sufficient, develop their business and earn an income while doing so. This is especially valuable for new producers and crafters, and small scale businesses who are unable to produce the quantity required by larger outlets or are starting out and not in a position to supply larger outlets or open up shop. The introduction of market trader workshops are an exciting addition to our programme for 2015. They are short practical workshops designed to help market traders identify and develop the skills they need to run their artisan produce/craft/art business, and give them a competitive edge over other traders. The Market also hosts a range of Weekend Craft and Heritage workshops focusing on a wide range of skills taught by highly respected crafts people.
The definition of Économusée is ‘working museum’- more recognisable as Artisans at work. The Économusée concept was developed in Québec and involves partners from Canada, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The Économusée project provides a network for artisans to develop and combine culture, craft and tourism, creating an economic interacting platform from which these artists can encourage the promotion and development of traditional crafts, involving local communities and creating new job opportunities, in some instances allowing younger family members to share, develop and enhance the crafts and techniques of their ancestors.
Heart of The glens LPS along with our parent organisation Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust have supported 2 local businesses towards achieving Économusée status. Ursa Minor Bakehouse and Broughgammon Farm both in Ballycastle have now been established as an Économusée.
Artisan Training workshops
We have partnered with the very successful Ballycastle Town Market on some Artisan Workshops. So far these workshops have included the following:
• Chocolate making
• Needle felting
• Basket weaving
• Christmas wreath making
• Napkin decoupage
• Artisan pizza
• Practical brewing
• Acrylic painting