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Culnady gets creative!

Published: Mon, 7 May 2018
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An intergenerational project supported by us resulted in the creation of colourful pieces of community artwork in the village.
We supported Culnady Rural Development Group and local artist Fiona Stewart to bring people of all ages together to reimage an area that had been blighted by antisocial graffiti.
Children from the local primary school, Brigades groups and Youth Club worked with senior citizens to create stunning pieces of art that really captures the spirit of the village.
The group also used our funding to redevelop a piece of wasteland outside the local shop and install a bench to commemorate soldiers from both World Wars.
John Smyth from Culnady Rural Development Group explains how the project has improved the area:
“In constructing this piece of community artwork, young people and older residents were able to come together to learn from each other and develop mutual respect.
“Thanks to the Housing Executive we have been able to transform an area that was considered an eyesore into something that everyone in the village can be proud of.”
Michael Dallat, our Mid Ulster Area Manager, who attended the celebration event said:
“I am delighted that residents in Culnady have been able to use funding from our Community Cohesion programme to regenerate the village and instill a sense of pride.
“Residents really put a lot of thought and creativity into how they wanted to express their identity and celebrate their heritage. It was great to see people from different generations and backgrounds working together to create something brand new in the village.
“I hope that that these pieces of art will be enjoyed for many years to come.”