Local landmarks inspire young artists

Young people from Magilligan who were involved in the Youth Art Project which ran during the summer, funded by Limavady Policing and Community Safety Partnership.
Young people from Magilligan who were involved in the Youth Art Project which ran during the summer, funded by Limavady Policing and Community Safety Partnership.
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A Youth Art Project in Magilligan has produced a felt wall hanging that drew inspiration from various local landmarks.

It will take pride of place inside Magilligan’s new Community Centre.

Limavady Policing and Community Safety Partnership funded the project under its summer diversion small grants scheme.

The six week arts course, which was facilitated by local artist Eimear Coyle, was well attended by young people between the ages of 13 and 18 from the Magilligan area.

Magilligan Community Association chair Alice Conn - who managed the project - said the scheme was vital in the area.

“Due to the very limited facilities in Magilligan, this project has proved to be very important over the summer months,” she said.

“It provided young people with an opportunity to participate in learning a new skill, as well as encouraging teamwork.

“We provided them with a safe place to meet in the evening over the summer months and we hope that by running this project, we have deterred any anti-social behaviour in the Magilligan area.”

The opening night was a brainstorming session, which allowed young people to get to know each other better and decide on how the project should take shape.

“We ended the first evening with a pizza and it allowed participants to discuss the project informally,” said Alice.

“The young people chose four local landmarks and by working in groups they recreated these landmarks through felting to create a wall hanging.

“On the final night, we held a BBQ with music. Friends and family were invited to view the finished wall hanging.

“We would like to thank the PSCP for their generous funding towards our project and would hope to take part in similar events in the future,” she said.