New Family Arts Activity Programme At Seamus Heaney HomePlace June 16, 2017 From painting family portraits to creating thumbprint family trees, a new summer arts programme for families has been launched at Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy. Families visiting HomePlace, which brings poetry and literature to life through an interactive exhibition and a specially designed creative zone, will be able to enjoy a whole range of additional artistic activities as part of their experience this July and August. Each week, a different creative opportunity will be on offer, beginning with families using their own thumbprints inked onto paper to create a unique visual version of their family trees. Words and images from Seamus Heaney’s own poetry can be used to inspire the making of bespoke bookmarks or for decorating stones to take away, while entire families can paint each other and create a gallery of family portraits for hanging at home. The summer programme is as follows: Thumbprint Family Tree: 10 – 16 July Bespoke Bookmarks: 17 – 23 July Stone Art: 24 – 30 July Paint A Portrait: 31 July – 6 August Thumbprint Family Tree: 7 – 13 August Bespoke Bookmarks: 14 – 20 August Stone Art: 21 – 27 August The creative zone is staffed by a team of two who specialise in art and design. Clare Lynch has over a decade of experience engaging children, young people and adults in art making, while Donna Lynch, a former lecturer in Art and Design, is skilled in working with textiles. For more information about visiting the Seamus Heaney HomePlace exhibition and enjoying the summer art programme as part of your visit, contact 028 7938 7444 or book your exhibition tickets here.