A picture-perfect partnership of art and conservation

The Boat House Gallery at the Giant's Causeway

Creative Causeway is a group of six local artists who, in partnership with the National Trust, showcase their work in the Boat House Gallery at Innisfree Farm, beside the Giant’s Causeway.

The Boat House Gallery opened on the 28th of November and is open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm, when the artists demonstrate their skills in mediums such as painting, pottery, weaving, glass making and jewellery designs.

Creative Causeway spokesperson, Jim Allen said, ‘There is a natural synergy between what the National Trust is doing as a conservation charity and what we love to create through our art, so this new partnership was an ideal fit for everyone involved. All six of us take inspiration from the land and sea around us and the Giant’s Causeway is the perfect location for us to create our work.  

‘As we are based so close to the Causeway itself, we're offering an additional visitor attraction and a special experience, where people can come and see us work and see our pieces. We feel very priviledged to be able to call this beautiful setting of the Giant’s Causeway our work place.’ 

The local artists who exhibit their work in the Boat House Gallery, so named because it is home to one of the most famous traditional racing Drontheims (fishing yawls) of the region, come from right across the Causeway Coast. Crafters include Eleanor-Jane McCartney, Malcolm Murchison, F.Y.N. Shannon, Frankie Creith, Jim Allen and Emer Dixon. 

Max Bryant, General Manager at the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede said: ‘We were approached last year by Creative Causeway with their idea for creating a really unique and special experience at Innisfree Farm and this felt like a fantastic opportunity for us to partner with local artists who are passionate about what they do and connected to where they live and work.

‘We love being able to showcase local art, craft and product and are proud of how we do this at the Visitor Centre and this felt like the next step in developing these relationships and enabling visitors an opportunity to engage on a deeper level with local people.'

For further details on the Boat House Gallery or the Causeway Creative, you can Email: creativecauseway6@gmail.com; Telephone 07988 999 809; or you can follow them on Facebook here and Instagram here.

The Gallery is open now Monday and Wednesday - Saturday 10am to 4pm with Covid-19 safety measures in place. Visitors are asked to wear a face covering, to santise hands on arrival and to practise social distancing within the Gallery space.