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Creating togetherness in Whitehill, Bangor

Published: Tue, 20 May 2014
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Pictured (l-r) are Casey Stewart, Robbie Pyper, Alex Locke and Harry Pyper
Whithill Creative Activities - children
The Whitehill Community Group recognised this and took the opportunity afforded by our Shared Communities Programme to work on an inter-generational collage based on diversity.
The group gathered together members from their local community ranging in age from 8 years to the over 50s to create the collage which has four main themes: foods of the world, music, nationality and religion. It was a great opportunity for some team building across the generations, a chance to collectively create a shared vision for the future of the Whitehill community and celebrate their shared values.
Seacourt Print Workshop (SPW) in Bangor facilitated the workshops to help the group create their collage. Art is a terrific forum to give everyone the means to express what is important to them and the chance to communicate effectively to a group.  The 8-11 year olds undertook to look at foods of the world while the teenagers (12-17 year olds) found their grove with the music.  Those 18+ looked at nationality while religion was examined by the over 50s.
Tracey Morrow, Chairperson of Whitehill Community Group, commented: “We all really enjoyed participating in the art project. It was such a relaxed, happy atmosphere in which to get creative. Together the group have produced a piece of artwork which will be a bright permanent display in our community house.  It is a lovely reminder of a happy time we all had while learning about diversity in Northern Ireland.”
(Front) Summer Mills (from l to r) are Katie Mills, Shannon Stewart, and Jamie-Lee Stewart.
Whiterhill Creative Activites - children ii
Our Head of Income Collection and Neighbourhoods, Jennifer Hawthorne, said: “The group in Whitehill has embraced the Shared Communities Programme and has achieved a lot in a short period of time. We were delighted to support this initiative and hope the collage will be a positive reminder of the time the community came together for this project.”
Meanwhile Robert Peters, Director of Seacourt Print Workshop, was delighted to work with the group and said: “The participants from Whitehill were a real pleasure to work with and I was very impressed with the quality of artwork they produced considering that this is the first time for many that they will have tried printmaking. I hope that we can maintain our connection with Whitehill Community Association and explore future possibilities of creative activity.”
The collage will be unveiled this week (21 May) at a special tea-dance in the Skipperstone Community Centre to which they’ve invited their friends from the Chinese and Indian communities.