Around 200 children from five schools in the Newtownabbey area have been taking part in a cross-community art project. Together the young people are producing a piece of art that will go on permanent display at a new housing development in Glengormley.
The art project is being rolled out by Clanmil Housing which is currently constructing 48 much needed new homes at Carnmoney Road in Glengormley.
Working with Clanmil, Community Arts Partnership has been leading art workshops for Primary 6 and 7 pupils at St Mary’s on the Hill, Glengormley Controlled Integrated School, Carnmoney Primary, Gaelscoile Éanna and Mossgrove Primary School. At these sessions, the children were encouraged to think about their ideas around the themes of sharing and playing together.
On Friday, 8th February, 100 children, representing each of the 5 schools, came together at Valley Leisure Centre to share their ideas and to agree the final design for their combined art piece.
Their work will go on display at Clanmil’s £6.6 million housing development on Carnmoney Road when it is completed later this year. The new development will provide 6 apartments and 22 houses for families along with 20 apartments for active older people.
Local people won’t have to wait until the development is complete to see the new artwork. A temporary mock-up of the piece will soon be on display on the site hoarding so that everyone can see the young people’s ideas for themselves.
Tim O’Malley, Community Development Manager at Clanmil Housing, commented: “This project is all about celebrating the beginnings of a new neighbourhood and it’s been great to hear the amazing ideas the children have come up with about how that should feel to live in and to visit. Many of them had never met before so it was a good opportunity for them to hear other young people’s views and get a different perspective. Hopefully they’ve made some new friends too.
“Clanmil is a member of ‘Reshaping Glengormley’ and we’re delighted that our work on our new homes is progressing well. We’re really looking forward to welcoming new tenants to Carnmoney Road later this year,” he concluded.