Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Baroque to the future for Taughmonagh

Local school children who worked with the artist Eleanor Wheeler to create an historic timeline of their area.

Residents in Taughmonagh “have something to be proud of” with the new installation of baroque tile work along a wall that used to adorn paramilitary slogans.

The artwork reflecting the identity and history of the people in the local area was unveiled this week as part of the re-imaging project — funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Norman Earle, Chair of Taughmonagh Residents Association, said: “Residents have been actively involved in the development of this community artwork. Groups from the flute band to the craft club, pensioners to children in the local primary school participated and some even produced their own tiles, which also form part of the overall completed project. As a result, the completed artwork is something that everyone can feel proud of.”

The £26,500 project has been delivered by Taughmonagh Residents Association in partnership with Groundwork NI, and with the assistance of artist Eleanor Wheeler.

The project created a ‘timeline’ of the history of the area, containing images both historical and modern which depict how the community views itself. The work is to symbolise the huge strides the local community has already taken to build a more welcoming environment for all.

Sylvia Gordon, Director Groundwork NI said: “Significant work and progress has been made in the regeneration of the community, and Groundwork NI has worked closely with the community on several physical and social projects in recent years. The new artwork will undoubtedly have a positive and uplifting effect and will compliment other improvements that have already been made. This project had embodied Groundwork’s ethos of changing places, changing lives, changing minds.”

Liam Kinney the Housing Executive’s District Manager for the area commented: “The South Belfast Office was delighted to be involved in this very worthwhile community project. The end result is striking and complements work already carried out by the Housing Executive in the Taughmonagh area.”

Roisín McDonough, chief executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland said: “The completion of this artwork in Taughmonagh is the result of the community’s joint efforts — they have created a new public artwork which has enriched the environment.”

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