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Thursday 2nd July 2015 at 9am 0 Comments Building Peace through the Arts: Re-Imaging Communities

Pictured at the launch of 'Carrosyl for Peace' are from left, Maree Hensey and Mark Ryan, Sculptures; Sean Keenan, Arts Council; Kathleen Breen, Carrosyl Community Association and Stephanie Kenny Quinn, Artist Facilitator. Image: Pictured at the launch of 'Carrosyl for Peace' are from left, Maree Hensey and Mark Ryan, Sculptures; Sean Keenan, Arts Council; Kathleen Breen, Carrosyl Community Association and Stephanie Kenny Quinn, Artist Facilitator.

Two new public artworks have been revealed to the communities of Carrosyl and Killesher in County Fermanagh supported by the Building Peace through the Arts – Re-Imaging Communities Programme.

In Carrosyl an extensive community engagement and consultation process resulted in the sculpture ‘Carrosyl for Peace’ by artists Maree Hensey and Mark Ryan. The Carrowshee Park and Sylvan Hill Community Association coordinated the project, during which they worked with the community and artists Maree and Mark to create an iconic, contemporary and innovative artwork of land mark quality.

Carrosyl for Peace is a reflection of the theme Connections and relates to those connections between the people, the heritage and the diversity in Carrosyl. The impressive large blue metal sculpture is also a symbol of inclusion, representing those in every estate that make up the area.

Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland said:

‘The Building Peace Through The Arts programme is about bringing people together. For diverse communities this can be particularly challenging and all too often people can feel isolated. Through their collective work with the artists and their community, Carrosyl have celebrated their differences and created a safe, new gathering place, which welcomes all. The result of their work is very much in the spirit of the Building Peace through the Arts programme and we look forward to the community celebrating and using the space.’

Unveiled on Tuesday 30th June, Growing Together by artist and sculptor Kevin Killen and located beside the Larganess Centre within Tully Mill, is based on the famous Irish Yew Tree.

The project was initiated and co-ordinated by Killesher Community Development Association following a lengthy community engagement process involving a cross-section of local groups within the parish of Killesher. People of all ages and backgrounds participated in a community artist facilitated open day last June where they found out about the project and were invited to give their views and share their stories.

Reggie Cunningham, Chairperson of Killesher Community Development Association, said:

“The project was seen by the Association as an ideal way of celebrating our history and encouraging the ongoing efforts of our community to create a vibrant and attractive shared space through the use of creative arts in the public realm.  Growing Together celebrates life and enhances the physical and natural environment where it is situated. But more than that it is a symbol of our aspiration to continue to grow together as a united community. We are delighted with the progress and outcome of the project which is a credit to all involved and a beautiful addition to the landscape of our local community.’

Both projects were supported by the ‘Building Peace through the Arts – Re-Imaging Communities’ programme which is 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 supports arts projects that promote a shared future and build positive relations within and between communities.

Building Peace through the Arts - Kevin Killen Interview from Arts Council of Northern Ireland on Vimeo.

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