Upper Springfield Development Trust Public Art Showcase
Upper Springfield Development Trust's public art in the community programme are holding their 'Trailers' interactive public art showcase at North Howard Street security gates interface on Friday 26th February at 6:30pm.
Trailers is the result of a programme of participatory arts and the project has resulted in this one day interactive public art showcase.
Artists Lucy Turner, Charlotte Bosanquet, Michael Sheppard and storyteller Steve Lally have been working with Newhill Youth, Hammer Youth Club, Divis Youth and the Cedar Foundation through a programme of art and storytellylling workshops towards this public art showcase at the interface at North Howard Street security gates (up the street of the Falls Leisure Centre, between Falls Road and Cupar Way).
This project is funded by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
This is also funded by Department for Social Development’s Belfast Regeneration Office.
Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: “Trailers is part of a wider programme by the Upper Springfield Development Trust that is encouraging new participants and audiences for the arts. This proactive approach to engaging with marginalised groups in the area, taking art to unusual and challenging locations in West Belfast, offers an inspiring example of how the arts can be brought within the reach of everyone.”
There will be temporary public art and activities which include a mobile cinema showing short films made by the groups; and no cinema would be complete without a life size free standing cut-out cinema characters.
Everyone is invited to come along, enjoy the event and take away a free art postcard as a souvenir of the project. Each group has printed and distributed 25 golden tickets; these will give the owner the choice of at shirt or bag that will be screen printed on the night. Inspired by the design of puffin books the groups have created high impact posters each with their own signature colour. These will be showcased at the event. Hi Vis bunting screen printed bunting with designs by the participants will be draped across the interface.
Deirdre Mackel Arts Programme Manager with the Upper Springfield Development Trust said,
“The participants will be dressed in costumes which they made in the workshops and old Belfast characters will be brought back to life with the help of Steve Lally’s storytelling.”