Belfast Telegraph

Friday 21 November 2014

World Games fire up young artists

Children in north Down have drawn on the spirit of the World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) to create a unique piece of art.

More than 400 budding young artists, aged between 5-12 years, explored ideas around cultural diversity and inclusion to create the artwork.

Led by local artists, the children were asked to consider the lives of children in other countries and encouraged to paint a portrait of their idea as to what a child from another country would look like.

The creative initiative was the brainchild of North Down Borough Council, funded through the Peace III programme, and took place at the council's summer schemes across the borough.

The portraits are on display in Bangor's Aurora Aquatic Complex, and provided a fascinating and colourful backdrop to WPFG events taking place in the centre.

Bangor-based artist Lee Boyd led the project: "The freedom and imagination of the children was fabulous. The youngest children in particular weren't constrained by having an idea of what someone from a different country would be like and the results were fantastic," he said.

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