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Roden Street Bridge art spans memories of life down the years

By Staff Reporter

People crossing the Roden Street bridge have been enjoying a trip down memory lane over the past few weeks, thanks to a series of art panels celebrating the area's history.

The panels, celebratinglife in the Donegall Road area down the years, are the product of an artistic collaboration between Greater Village Regeneration Trust (GVRT), Senior Moments Project and the Well Women's Group, facilitated by well known local artist Ross Wilson.

The Well Women's Group undertook a local history project examining women and their experiences in life which link to the industrial era in Belfast. Part of the project looked at photographic images in their own personal collections relating to local memories and key local figures in the community.

The collection of photographs was narrowed down to 20 key images whichRoss Wilson then used to create the panels for the bridge.

Families of the people featured in the artworks attended the launch on the bridge and released balloons in their memory.

A souvenir, momento pack of 20 postcards of the artworks has been produced and is available from GVRT's offices at 337 Donegall Road.

Paula Bradshaw, Director of GVRT said, "The Donegall Road has a very long, proud history, and it is an area which has contributed significantly to economic prosperity of Belfast. We secured funding for the project to ensure that the role of women in this would be recognised and celebrated."

Adrienne Magill, Manager of Senior Moments Project, said, "We were delighted to be involved in this project which allowed for women from the area to come together, explore the history of the area and provide photographs of their loved ones to the final artwork. It was a very positive project and the feedback from local residents and the families of those featured has been fantastic!"

The project was funded by the NI Executive, delivered through the Department for Social Development.

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