Strabane youth make their mark
Published: Wed, 30 Sep 2015
A mural of grafitti art, created by a group of local young people, has gone on public display in the Head of the Town.
The artwork is a legacy project for the young people from Fountain Street Community Association who were involved in a graffiti and mural arts festival in July.
They were among 50 young artists from Tullyally and Curryneirin, Strathfoyle, the Bogside, Strabane and Ballymagroarty who engaged in a collaborative project to create an 80ft mural, funded by us.
They have now taken those skills and created a permanent mural. The Strabane group chose fish as the central theme for their mural to represent Strabane’s association with fishing and the river.
The project is aimed at building positive relationships among youth culture and addressing current issues, including hate crime, sectarianism, youth engagement, community cohesion and urban regeneration.
Rose Crossan, Youth Co-Ordinator at Fountain Street Community Centre, said:
“This was an amazing opportunity for the young people from Fountain Street youth project to get involved in. I couldn’t be more proud of the progress the young people have made in the last few years. Their new mural is a reflection of that.”
Jennifer Hawthorne, our Head of Communities, said:
“We are delighted to support the young people on their journey of expression through art. This initiative hopes to establish good relations and when best to unveil the new community murals than during Community Relations and Cultural Awareness week.
“The project aims to reduce hate crime, encourage shared environments and create a sense of belonging by the changing of space and place around our communities.
“It will also serve to change the perception of mural art and graffiti in Northern Ireland and celebrate the future of modern and contemporary non-political murals as a tool for social change.”