One Place, Many People - an intercultural artwork unveiled
Published: Thur, 1 Oct 2015
The cultures and traditions of the diverse communities now living in the Mid and East Antrim Council area have been highlighted in a temporary exhibition for Community Relations Week 2015.
The ‘One Place, Many People’ exhibition was the result of the hard work of 72 participants hailing from Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. Those participating in the project had the opportunity to explore their own culture, heritage, beliefs and traditions through workshops which were facilitated by renowned artist Norma Beggs.
Ivy Goddard MBE, Project Director of the Ballymena Inter-Ethnic Forum explained:
“This project has brought tremendous benefits to our community and given those participating a true sense of belonging to Mid and East Antrim. Participants had an opportunity to share their traditions and cultures with a wider community; which has helped with integration and broken down barriers.
“I’d like to thank the various agencies which have supported this initiative.”
Mairead Myles-Davey, our Area Manager, commented:
“This wonderful artwork is a tangible outcome of the sharing of values and traditions. Fostering good relations is an intrinsic part of the Housing Executive’s commitment to local communities and we are delighted with the positive response to this project. ”
The fabric based artwork will be on display in the auditorium of the Braid Art Centre in Ballymena from 7pm on 30 September until 2pm Saturday 3 October.
The project has helped to improve awareness of diversity in Northern Ireland. It helped explore the heritage of a wide range of cultures living in the council area and was supported by the Ballymena Inter-Ethnic Forum, Mid & East Antrim Borough Council's Arts Services, Housing Executive, Community Relations Council, Mid and East Antrim Policing and Community Partnership and the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister with the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council Good Relations Unit.