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Art collective gets creative for new pop-up venture

A local furniture business has teamed up with North Down Borough Council this month to showcase some of north Down's best up-and-coming artists at the pop-up shop 'ReMade in Bangor'.

The pop-up shop takes place in Flagship Centre from November 17 to 24 and aims to showcase and inspire local residents in upcycling and reuse.

The 'ReMade in Bangor' pop-up shop will showcase 15 Firsty artists' creative skills as they turn their art and design skills to discarded furniture, with the help of North Down Borough Council, to produce unique and inspiring feature pieces for the home.

ReFound is a grassroots creative business centred on bringing a stylish new approach to recycling by reinventing furniture and home interior products.

With a showroom in Belfast's Wellington Place, the creative business showcases local talent while 'rescuing' unwanted waste furniture. This creative approach to recycling results in less impact on environment and promotes creative reuse.

Founder Jill O'Neill said: "We're very excited about our North Down collaboration.

"The Firsty artists are fantastically creative and innovative and 15 of them have jumped at challenge of working on furniture.

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"There will be a great range of pieces on show in Bangor for local residents to be inspired, purchase or even donate some of their own unwanted furniture.

"Not only can people pick up eye-catching up-cycled furniture to treasure, but they are also benefiting local artists.

"Customers can keep information about the makeover journey of their furniture and the artist that restyled it, with the certificate that accompanies each piece."

Firsty artist Marianne Kennerley said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for the Firsty Creative Artists to collaborate with Refound and NDBC and bring this established brand into Bangor Town.

"The artists are all working hard to bring there own style to the discarded furniture and are looking forward to showcasing the finished pieces."

Emma Adair of North Down Council said: "Working with Refound and Firsty is a new and exciting way to demonstrate how someone's trash can be another person's treasure. Literally."

Find out more information about the event and the activities of ReFound by logging onto www.Northdown.gov.uk, ww.refoundonline.com, visiting www.facebook.com/theRefoundshop, or by following ReFound on twitter @refoundonline.

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