Its a family affair as Ballywalter Community Artwork project unveiled

Community, family and friendship have been placed at the heart of Ballywalter following the recent unveiling of a bespoke artwork in the village square.

Its a family affair as Ballywalter Community Artwork project unveiled

Facilitated by the EU PEACE III funded Building Relationships in Communities (BRIC) programme in conjunction with Ballywalter Community Action Group and the Housing Executive, the one-off piece was created by renowned artist Ross Wilson using ideas from local residents.

The eye-catching 3D image is the result of six months work and is a permanent reminder of the importance of family and the role it plays across generations, cultures and communities.

Speaking at the launch, Irene Dempster, Chair of Ballywalter Community Action Group, said:

“The significance of community and family are the central themes of this project and we are delighted with the final result.

“First and foremost it has transformed the physical appearance of the village square but it has also captured the attention and interest of local residents and helped create a real sense of civic pride and togetherness that is so important in the community.

“The involvement and support of the BRIC programme and the Housing Executive have been invaluable in making this scheme possible. Through it we have been able enhance the village with a message of real positivity and hope for the future.”

Raj Thompson, Housing Executive Good Relations Officer, said:

“The Housing Executive is pleased to be associated with the BRIC Programme and the invaluable work it does to help empower local communities to achieve their goals of creating neighbourliness and inclusiveness in all aspects of community life.”

“This project is yet another example of this in action. It has allowed local people to directly improve their local area and helped promote a positive, shared hope for the whole village by highlighting the values that matter most to the residents.

“The artwork will be a permanent reminder of these values and will help encourage even greater community pride in the area.”

The one of a kind piece was commissioned by the BRIC programme as part of its overall goal of cultivating good relations in communities across Northern Ireland and is part of a series of initiatives being provided by BRIC aimed at building understanding and relationships across the province.

Welcoming the project, Kerry McIvor, BRIC Programme Manager, said:

“The BRIC Programme is delighted to have been involved with this project and we have no doubt that it will have an enormous impact in the cultivation and building of community spirit and relationships in Ballywalter.

“This project is exciting as it is a reflection of what matters most to the local residents and BRIC is pleased to be able to help ensure these values and desires have been placed at the heart of the village in a unique piece of art.

“I would like to thank everyone was helped make this work possible including the artist Ross Wilson, the Housing Executive and Ballywalter Community Action Group.”