WheelWorks Arts are launching NI’s First Online Digital Arts Festival.  Starting this Monday 13 April, the Make, Do, Create Festival will see a series of artist-led creative workshops take place every day for 6 weeks.

Covering music; animation; photography; dance; visual arts and filmmaking, the Make, Do, Create Festival invites everyone to build their curiosity and passion for all things creative while at home. Eight professional artists will guide viewers through eight 20-minute workshops on a specific artform. Example workshops include, ‘Home film school’, ‘Playing with abstract art’ and ‘iPad music production’.

WheelWorks Arts CEO Farah Chowdhury commented, “Taking part in arts activities is a great way to connect, explore, have fun and most of all, to feel good. WheelWorks Arts is in a unique position to mobilise artists in Northern Ireland and bring digital arts to people at home. We are really looking forward to bringing people across the region together and seeing all the creativity made possible through this brand new festival.”

Wheelworks Arts staff are hosting an Online Digital Arts Festival.
Wheelworks Arts staff are hosting an Online Digital Arts Festival.

With 25 years of developing and running community arts programmes across Northern Ireland, WheelWorks Arts has been able to work quickly with local artists to put together an exciting and innovative programme of activities in response to the COVID-19 lockdown. 

“Make, Do, Create is open to all ages. There will be activities that teenagers, and adults, can do by themselves, or that younger children can do with some help from adults. We want this festival to inspire creativity and fun at home and we would love to see some of the artwork that is generated from it!” Tanya Kirk O’Neill, WheelWorks ArtCart Coordinator

The festival is completely free thanks to funding from our principal funders: Arts Council of Northern Ireland; Belfast City Council and Education Authority, which support WheelWorks core programmes.

The festival begins online on Monday 13th April and runs until 24th May. Workshops will be available to view via Wheelworks Arts website WWW.WHEELWORKSARTS.COM You can follow updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @WheelWorksArts.


WheelWorks is a dynamic youth arts charity, which has been ‘Creating New Worlds’ across Northern Ireland since 1995.  Last year, WheelWorks Arts worked with 5,097 young people aged 4–25, participating in 300 workshops. The charity issued 141 contracts to professional artists; and saw 32 volunteers dedicate 700 hours to supporting young people explore the arts. 

WheelWorks Arts provides workshops, programmes and events, which combine the arts and digital technology in creative, innovative and socially impactful ways.  We also operate an ArtCart, a fully accessible, mobile arts workspace that is unique to Northern Ireland, as well as the ChillCart, which can be used as a mobile drop-in social space for young people or as a breakaway space for people with additional needs. 

We work mainly with young people but also with all ages at open events. We can also develop intergenerational work, bringing older and younger people together. You will find us at schools, youth clubs, community groups, public events and in our mobile arts studio the ArtCart.

Sticky Fingers

Local arts organisation Sticky Fingers is also providing some online home creative demonstrations on their Facebook page at STICKYFINGERSARTSNEWRY

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