Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Childrens’ vision for Belfast is a technicolour dream

A technicolourvision of Belfast is emerging from an exhibition of young people’s art at Belfast City Hall.

The organisers behind arts centre The MAC said the My Active City project put the city’s youth at the centre of its cultural regeneration.

The display includes works by people involved in ex-republican prisoners organisation Tar Isteach, Dee Street Community Centre and the Greater Village Regeneration Trust.

The budding artists will join other guests at a reception in Belfast City Hall this evening.

Lord Mayor Naomi Long, who will host the reception, said: “We were delighted to support this cultural project, especially at a time when Belfast is being transformed, not least by exciting developments like our first ever purpose-built arts centre, The MAC.

“It’s so good to see our young people being encouraged to take an active role in that regeneration.

“This project is building their life skills, their confidence and their pride in Belfast.”

The Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC), which is to be built in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, will be the city’s first purpose-built arts centre. The six-storey £17m centre will open its doors in 2012.

Funding for the MAC was secured from the private sector, trusts and and foundations after a fundraising campaign was launched by Meryl Streep in 2007.

It is being developed by the trustees of the Old Museum Arts Centre (OMAC), which closes this month.

The My Active City exhibition can be viewed in the exhibition area of the City Hall from tomorrow.

Some of the colourful artwork going on display at Belfast City Hall tomorrow

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