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The Island,’ on which ISLAND Arts Centre is based, was formed in Lisburn when the Lagan Navigation was constructed in the mid 18th century. The canal works by–passed a bend in the river and created an island entirely surrounded by water. From that time the site was used as vitriol works producing a chemical used in the bleaching of linen and this continued within a castellated wall surrounding ‘the island’ until the 1830’s.

The building of two–storey linen, spinning mill at that time began the transformation of the site into the large industrial complex that has been well recorded through photographs and illustrations. The Island Spinning Company was established in 1867 and as well as producing linen yarn it wove plain cloth on power looms. The company is however best remembered for the manufacture of linen threads. Thread production finally ceased at ‘the island’ in 1983.

Following this the canal was landfilled and the whole site was cleared by demolition in 1992. The area was therefore no longer an island and since this time has been dormant.

Lisburn City Council’s capital investment in this site included the re–instatement of the canal which reclaimed the area as an ‘island’. Home to the Council’s new Civic Headquarters and the ‘Most Modern Arts Venue on the Island’ – ISLAND Arts Centre – the reformation of this historic area has contributed greatly to Lisburn Centre’s regeneration and complements the substantial natural beauty and wildlife that are unique features of this urban landscape.

The interwoven tapestry of the physical landscape of the Sculpture Trail, as well as its cultural heritage combine perfectly to provide inspiration for the successful commissioned artists, who in the creation of their work have responded to the people and location of Lisburn City while leaving art works that are designed to exhilarate and challenge.

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Runabay is a 6 piece indie–folk band from Belfast and the Glens of Antrim. Writing, recording and performing music together since 2014, the band is known for its uplifting melodies, beautiful harmonies, and complex instrumentation. 

The music will appeal to fans of José Gonzalez and Fleet Foxes.

In 2017 the band enjoyed national and local radio play, a run of very successful shows, and launched their single ‘Too Soon (Reverie)’.

Listen on youTube to songs including previous singles ‘Lotus’ and critically acclaimed ‘You I Know’.

Runabay is John McManus (vocals/guitar), Gary Graham (guitar/vocals), Gerard McHugh (vocals/keyboard), Michael McKinney (bass/double bass), Declan McCartan (cello) & Rory McAuley (drums/percussion).


  • Date: Sat 24 Mar
  • Cost: £10
  • Time: 8pm
  • Venue: Studio Theatre

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