Wise the Bap was established in 2004 to offer adults from local communities in North Down access to the arts: to learn new skills, develop talents and confidence, and to express their views about issues of relevance or importance to them through a variety of art media, and all in a safe and comfortable environment.
Classes take place in the near by Fountain Centre, close to our Community Hub and have included:
- Creative writing
- Water colours
- Screen printing
- Dry-point printing techniques
Classes are usually, but not always, led by an experienced artist and are typically themed around health or social issues, giving focus to the work. No artistic flair or experience needed.
Wise the Bap is:
- Suitable for men and women
- Weekly, 2 hour classes
- Requires no cost from participants
- Restful, relaxing and great fun!
Write Club is for anyone who wants to try their hand at writing. These are active workshops where participants have the opportunity to experiment with different techniques and styles of writing. The sessions are very informal, relaxed and therapeutic, although they are not offered as a ‘therapy’. Each week participants are set a challenge to create a new piece of writing but there are no tests, no exams, no criticisms and no pressure. But lots of fun! Not sure? Try it and see.
Script Club is an exploration into the world of drama and plays. In these workshops we give those attending the opportunity to read from a variety of plays, some old, some new, some borrowed and some of many colours. There are occasional forays into script and play-writing for those a little more adventurous. No experience necessary. Every Tuesday except for the first Tuesday of each month. It provides an insight into creating drama and an appreciation of it. In the Hub, 1.00 to 3.00pm.
Book Club is a discussion group on a selected book of the month. Books are selected by the members and prompted discussions give readers a chance to air their thoughts and views on the books and style of writing. If you already love reading, it is right up your street. If you haven’t found that love yet, it’s waiting for you here. Adds insight and appreciation to your reading. In the Hub, first Tuesday of each month, 1.00 to 3.00pm.
Ukelele’s ever wanted to learn to play a musical instrument but doubted your ability or you simply haven’t got round to it yet. Well this is as good a place as any to start. Ukuleles are relatively inexpensive, fairly easy to learn to play and the best of craic. The sessions are run as workshops with guidance provided through screened tutorials and the added experience of those who attend regularly. Go at your own pace, learn in your own way, and contribute to making a joyous sound in our in-house jamming sessions. You can’t help but love it. We have a couple of ukes available to practice on in-house while you decide if you want to shell out for your own. Fridays at 11.30 to 1.00pm in the Hub.