New murals add a splash of colour to Moyard
Colourful new neighbours have taken up residence in the Moyard development just off the Springfield Road in Belfast.
Bespoke images of canoeists and super heroes have been created along with a new ‘Welcome Wall’ as part of an exciting reimaging project in the area which has been facilitated by the EU PEACE III funded Building Relationships in Communities (bric) Programme.
The initiative is a unique partnership between the Rural Development Council, Housing Executive and Tides Training and is currently operating in almost 90 social housing areas across Northern Ireland as it aims to build and cultivate good relations across the province.
Created by renowned mural artist Danny Devanney, all three murals were designed by young people and staff from the Matt Talbot Youth Centre who also helped transform the once graffiti covered walls into eye-catching works of art.
The project was made possible through the bric Programme in conjunction with the Housing Executive, Matt Talbot Youth Centre and Black Mountain Shared Space Project.
Speaking at the launch, Carrie Kane from Matt Talbot Youth Centre said:
“These murals are a welcome transformation for the Moyard area and have helped create a real buzz within the community and a much more welcoming environment for visitors.
“The Canoe and Super Heroes projects are very colourful and have allowed local young people to play their part in transforming their area into a vibrant, exciting place while reflecting the things that interest them and broadcasting a very important message about the dangers of drugs.
“The involvement and support of the bric Programme and the Housing Executive have been invaluable in making this scheme possible.As part of the initiative residents played an integral role in deciding who would be featured and what the project would look like and this has helped create a sense of civic pride that makes it very worthwhile.”
Stephen Magennis, Intra-Community Development Worker with Black Mountain Shared Space Project, said:
“The Black Mountain Shared Space Programme played an integral role in this project. In addition to overseeing it, we also drew down the available funding and facilitated interaction with the young people from Matt Talbot Youth club and the artist Danny Devanney.
“We are very impressed with the young people's contribution to the community in trying to brighten up the area and create a positive outlook on the area. The group also highlighted the important suicide awareness and anti-drugs messages, which are unfortunately common issues in our communities and must be commended.
“This is the start of a programme of work in the area to help develop and regenerate the Moyard and surrounding areas with the possibility of a new £500,000 sports facility and a new park which the young people are working with us on. There is a positive feeling in the area which is badly needed and we are committed to be a part of that.”
Welcoming the project, Kerry McIvor, BRIC Programme Manager, said:
“The bric Programme is delighted to have been involved with this project and we are thrilled by the hugely positive impact it has had on local residents and the ongoing role it is playing in cultivating and building community spirit in the Moyard area.
“This artwork has not only enhanced the physical appearance of the area but has also helped capture the imagination and interest of the local residents and spread a number of very important social messages.
“The support of the Housing Executive coupled with the hard work of Danny Devanney and his team, the local residents and everyone at Matt Talbot Youth Centrehave been invaluable in making this project such a huge success.”
Sharon Beattie, Housing Executive’s Area Manager West Belfast echoed those sentiments and added:
“People might not realise that the role of the Housing Executive is about much more than just providing homes. It is about working with communities to improve the physical environment of entire areas and it’s evident that this project has gone a long way in helping us achieve that objective in the Moyard area.
“The fact that the local community has been fully involved in the project from its inception has not only given them a real sense of ownership and pride but ensured that the new artwork features images and messages that are close to their heart.
“So on behalf of the Housing Executive I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making the project such a success, both in terms of the actual artwork but perhaps equally as important the ‘feel good’ factor that it has created.”
The bric Programme is a unique partnership between the Rural Development Council, Housing Executive and Tides Training and is currently operating in almost 90 social housing areas across Northern Ireland as it aims to build and cultivate good relations across the province.