Fermanagh Live Arts Festival (FLive) returns this year with a packed programme of events from October 2 to 10 and a visual arts trail running throughout September and October.

The visual arts trail includes twelve exhibitions and two masterclasses, with a unique opportunity to join the Cultural Express on September 20 where you will be transported by train around Enniskillen town enjoying a feast of fine art along the route. This year’s exhibitions feature local, regional and internationally renowned artists, working in a range of media and materials, and include Fermanagh born Gerard McGourty at the Devenish Gallery alongside the mesmerising and imaginative sculptures of Wexford artist, Helen Merrigan Colfer, while local artist and architect Michael Donnelly celebrates his 90th Birthday with a solo exhibition, ‘An Artist’s Way’ at Enniskillen Library. The first exhibition launches on Thursday, September 5 with ‘Still’ a solo exhibition by Samantha Jones at the Jolly Sandwich. Samantha Jones’ work is serene and sublime with a contemporary twist and varies in scale and subject matter. This exhibition celebrates Samantha’s modern approach to still life compositions which includes both detailed and semi-abstract oil paintings as well as loose charcoal drawings with a brushstroke of colour.

Julien Friers’ exhibition, ‘Resonance,’ will open at the Waterways Ireland Gallery on September 6 and will feature 24 life size portraits of ‘Cultural Champions’ in the music industry in Ireland, including portraits of traditional musician Gaby McArdle, writer and broadcaster, John Kelly and internationally renowned singer-song writer, Neil Hannon. In conjunction with the opening of Julian's exhibition at Waterways Ireland, local musical duo Taobh Eile will also be launching their new EP on the night from 7pm. All are welcome.

For information about all FLive events please visit www.FLive.org.uk