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Cavan Re-imaging projects visit east Belfast artworks

Wednesday 21st May 2014 at 12pm 0 Comments Building Peace through the Arts: Re-Imaging Communities

Artists Rita Duffy, Susan Hunter and Michelle Boyle are pictured with Sean Keenan, Arts Council Programme Manager during their recent visit to east Belfast Image: Artists Rita Duffy, Susan Hunter and Michelle Boyle are pictured with Sean Keenan, Arts Council Programme Manager during their recent visit to east Belfast

Cavan County Council is one of 32 organisations from across Northern Ireland and the southern border areas to be awarded initial grants totalling £167k from the Building Peace through the Arts – Re-Imaging Communities programme.

Funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the European Union’s Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (PEACE III) managed by the Special EU Programmes Body and the International Fund for Ireland, the programme offers funding to community groups and local authorities across Northern Ireland and the Border Region that want to tackle sectarianism and racism.

Up to £5,000 is available to fund peace building through local consultation and creative engagement for each project site. Upon completion of this stage, a second application of up to £50,000 can be made to produce and install the artwork.

Cavan County Council has been awarded first phase funding of £15,800 on behalf of four Re-Imaging projects in the communities of Redhills, Ballyconnell, Cootehill and Bailieborough.    
A delegation comprising members of each project steering group, appointed arts facilitators, project participants and representatives from Cavan County Council paid a visit to Belfast recently to draw inspiration from some of the public art on display in the city.

As part of their trip, the group visited ‘The Yardmen’ on the Newtownards Road in east Belfast, a sculpture created by the artist Ross Wilson that pays tribute to the city's shipbuilding heritage. Funded by the previous Arts Council led Re-Imaging programme, the sculpture marks the completion of the East Belfast Partnership’s project which saw the successful removal of sectarian imagery at the interface between the Short Strand and Newtownards Road.

The communities in the four Cavan towns are currently working with their chosen artist facilitators to explore themes which unite rather than divide. These themes will ultimately be developed into separate public artworks that promote tolerance and understanding.
Catriona O’Reilly, Arts Officer with Cavan County Council, said: “The trip to Belfast gave all the groups a real insight into the array of public artwork that has been developed as a result of the previous Re-Imaging programme.  We are all feeling very excited about the future of our  projects in County Cavan and we look forward to engaging with local people  to improve community relations and develop  themes for the  artworks”. 

Sean Keenan, Arts Council Programme Manager added; “These are among the first projects in the Republic of Ireland to have secured funding under the Building Peace through the Arts programme.  We look forward to supporting them through this journey and would encourage other communities that wish to challenge sectarianism and racism to contact us on 028 9038 5228 or from the Republic 048 90385228.”


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