Belfast Telegraph

Travelling Angels exhibition inspires pupils

By Gary Grattan

Shoppers visiting Belfast's Victoria Square won't have been able to miss seeing a collection of 'angels' situated around the complex.

And many top celebrities have given their support to the travelling exhibition 'Angels - Beacons of Hope'.

Stars such as The Edge from U2, actress Uma Thurman, Irish rugby international Brian O'Driscoll, award-winning film director Neil Jordan and Pauline McGlynn, better known as Mrs Doyle from Father Ted, are just some of the well-known names who are backing the charity venture, sponsored by the Vodafone Ireland Foundation.

Community groups, schools and colleges - including young people attached to the Beechcroft Adolescent Unit and the Bridges Project (both Belfast-based) have joined with the celebrities to illustrate the angels with their own interpretations on the theme of hope.

Nolliag Fahy, the creator and co-ordinator of the exhibition, said: "The amazing support and reactions we have received has been inspiring.

>>In Video: Gary Grattan checks out the Angels>>

"Last year was a tough one for many and the early part of this year is the perfect time for the people to focus on the simple things in life: hope, family and friends.

"Our wish is to capture the hears and minds of the public with these beautiful, uplifting works of art."

Hugh Black, centre manager at Victoria Square, said: "We're delighted to be the first location in Northern Ireland to host this exhibition which has already generated a lot of interest and interaction among our shoppers.

"The stories behind these angels are inspiring and the project delivers an extremely positive message which we are pleased to be part of."

The exhibition continues at Victoria Square until Sunday, March 14.

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