Published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014
Moyard makeover continues with bric Programme mural project
Moyard residents are enjoying a much more exotic outlook thanks to some very eye-catching new artwork in the area.
The bespoke images of cartoon favourites and forest landscapes have replaced graffiti strewn walls as part of an exciting reimaging project facilitated by the EU PEACE III funded Building Relationships in Communities (bric) Programme.
Created by renowned artist Danny Devenny in conjunction with young people from the Upper Springfield Youth Team who also helped with the transformation, the new work is the latest instalment in a series of re-imaging projects in the area by the bric Programme.
To date, three extensive re-imaging initiatives have been undertaken in Moyard. These have all been made possible by the bric Programme working with the Housing Executive, Upper Springfield Development Trust and Black Mountain Shared Space Project to ensure local residents are fully involved at every level of the scheme.
Speaking at the launch, Rosemary Ward of the Matt Talbot Nursery School said:
“The re-imaging of Moyard has been a tremendous success and we are delighted with the positive effect they have created here.
“These new murals have helped create a much more welcoming environment and have allowed young people from the area to express themselves, broadcast important messages to others and help transform the whole area into a much more vibrant and exciting place.
“The involvement and support of the bric Programme and the Housing Executive have been invaluable in making this scheme possible. As part of the initiative residents played an integral role in deciding what the project would look like and this has helped create a sense of civic pride that makes it very worthwhile.”
Stephen Magennis from the Black Mountain Shared Space Group, who played a behind the scenes role in accommodating this project, said:
“This project has done much more than transform a dreary wall. The previously graveled area in front of the wall is now grassed and greatly improves the whole area. The added effect of real trees growing over the jungle wall is amazing.”
Paul Maskey, Sinn Fein MP, said: “I am delighted to see these re-imaging projects. The local residents are very pleased by the positive impact they have had and the ongoing role they are playing in cultivating and building community spirit in the Moyard area.
“The murals have added a real splash of colour to the area while addressing some very serious social and health related issues, everyone involved deserves huge credit for all their hard work and effort. This latest piece has helped cement that good work even further.
“The support of the Housing Executive coupled with the hard work of Danny Devenny and his team, the local residents and everyone at Matt Talbot Youth Centre has been invaluable in making this project such a huge success.”
Sharon Beattie, Housing Executive’s Area Manager West Belfast echoed those sentiments and added:
“People might not realise that the role of the Housing Executive is about much more than just providing homes. It is about working with communities to improve the physical environment of entire areas and it’s evident that this project has gone a long way in helping us achieve that objective in the Moyard area.
“The fact that the local community has been fully involved in the project from its inception has not only given them a real sense of ownership and pride but ensured that the new artwork features images that are close to their heart.
“On behalf of the Housing Executive I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making the project such a success, both in terms of the actual artwork but perhaps equally as important the ‘feel good’ factor that it has created.”
The bric Programme is a unique partnership between the Rural Development Council, Housing Executive and Tides Training and is currently operating in almost 90 social housing areas across Northern Ireland as it aims to build and cultivate good relations across the province.