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Art project brightens Stewartstown area

Published: Tue, 4 Apr 2017
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Area Manager Margaret Bradley & Stewartstown Community Group's John Rush at the transformed former graffiti hotspot
A project funded by our Community Grant Scheme has helped transform a graffiti hotspot into a bright, attractive feature in Ardstewart.
Working alongside the Stewartstown Community Group based in Mid Ulster, local young people and Supporting Communities, we helped reimagine an electricity substation into a vibrant work of art.
The group liaised with Northern Ireland Electricity, who agreed that the electricity substation was in need of attention as it was located near a children’s play area.
Local Castledawson artist Mary T Gribben was commissioned to work with local children who decided the content and design for the new mural. The children really took to the project and were keen to help out with the painting at every opportunity.
In total, £1,260 was provided by the Housing Executive through our Community Grant Scheme for the project.
Our own Margaret Bradley added, “The Housing Executive was delighted to support this project as the artwork has really transformed the square close to the play park. It is brilliant to see young people so involved in their area”.
Artist Mary T Gribben, Stewartstown Community Group's John Rush & local children at the newly painted electricity substation
John Rush, chairman of the Stewartstown Community Group and a local resident commented:
“It’s great to see that such a small amount of money has made a huge difference to the residents of the estate, especially the children.
"I’d like to thank the Housing Executive and NIE for providing the funding and Mary T. and the local children for doing a great job with the artwork.
Martin Quinn from Supporting Communities stated:
“The estate inspection that we organised in Stewartstown highlighted the unsightly appearance of the substation and the potential for improvement. We provided support to the local group to access the funding and draw up a project specification - Mary T.Gribben and the young people did the rest!
"The project is a super example of what we promote in terms of community involvement in local projects.”