Ever wanted to graffiti Free Derry Corner - well here’s your chance

Internationally renowned artist Man One. (290711JC6)
Internationally renowned artist Man One. (290711JC6)

The Playhouse International Culture Arts Network (ICAN) and What IF? Project will bring international graffiti and mural artists to the North West next week for a special urban arts project which will include the chance to graffiti Free Derry Corner!

These acclaimed international artists will collaborate with local graffiti artists, share their expertise with local practitioners and work with young people living in Derry’s interface communities and Moville, County Donegal.

The international artists Man One, Pablo Cristi, Ernel Martinez and Sidd Joag will lead a master class in Graffiti and Mural Art on Wednesday, August 3, Thursday, August 4, and Friday, August 5, from 1pm – 5pm. The masterclass participants will have the opportunity to paint Free Derry Corner on Friday, August 5. This class is open to artists, facilitators, educationalists, health workers and peace activists who are interested in learning graffiti skills at the same time as developing ways of using public art to discuss positive social change. During this master class participants will have the opportunity to learn from four leading international graffiti and mural artists.

The final week of the Urban Arts Project will enable young people to participate in graffiti workshops as well as DJing and parkour.

This week will be youth-led, giving the young people the opportunity to collaborate with an international and local team of artists. The young people will be encouraged to highlight issues that are important to them using graffiti, DJing and parkour to illustrate their ideas.

“This is a great opportunity for young people to take part in a unique project with some of the world’s leading experts in urban art!” Siuan McLaughlin, from The Playhouse What IF? Project said.

The Playhouse What IF? Project, funded by the International Fund for Ireland, is a youth project that uses creative arts activity to enable young people to work with others from areas they are apprehensive of and support each other as they work towards common goals.

ICAN works to bring high quality artists to the North of Ireland and the Border Counties to work with, trade and exchange skills and knowledge with the local communities. ICAN is a three year project which has been part-financed by the European Union’s Regional Development fund through EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (PEACE III) managed through Special EU Programmes Body.

If you want to participate in either the master class (August 3-5 from 1-5pm) or the Youth Art Project, (August 15-19 from 11am-3pm) or need more information, contact Elaine Forde on: 71. 268027 or: elaine@derryplayhouse.co.uk.