Arts event held for town’s young people

Niamh and Nial McNally, Connor Haslem, Naomi McCreery and Megan McGlinchey are rewarded for their achievement in the WheelWorks Multiple Realities Visual Art project which was supported by the Community Art Partnership. Also pictured are Sinead Owens, Wheelworks Creative Intern and Bethany Ebron of the Community Art Partnership. INPT2515-412
Niamh and Nial McNally, Connor Haslem, Naomi McCreery and Megan McGlinchey are rewarded for their achievement in the WheelWorks Multiple Realities Visual Art project which was supported by the Community Art Partnership. Also pictured are Sinead Owens, Wheelworks Creative Intern and Bethany Ebron of the Community Art Partnership. INPT2515-412

WheelWorks hosted a high profile event in Portadown’s High Street Mall last month.

The event saw the launch of three projects which had been facilitated by youth arts organisation WheelWorks, and funded by The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Portadown’s Goal Line Youth Trust collaborated with The Grange Youth Club from Ballyclare and Larne’s YMCA for the event.

Each group created a piece of art, ranging from still and moving images to soundscapes and beautiful, portrait-style photographs. All of the pieces were on display in the Mall, promoting the young people’s message of tolerance and acceptance.

Goal Line Youth Trust is an all-inclusive, independent charity, with a purpose-built youth centre which services the Portadown and greater Craigavon area. It seeks to reach out and engage with young people who have mild to severe learning or physical disabilities.

On the day of the WheelWorks launch, participants from Goal Line Youth Trust worked with film and visual artists to create their film, ‘Fear Fighters’.

The project was part of WheelWorks’ Multiple Realities project - an ongoing arts-based cultural development programme which encourages young people, aged 8 to 18, from across NI to explore their identity using new digital technologies, as well as more traditional art forms.

WheelWorks is an award-winning, Belfast-based youth arts organisation that works with children and young people who may not otherwise have access to high quality, artistic activity. The organisation works in partnership with a broad spectrum of communities throughout Northern Ireland, to provide issue-based programmes which help to teach young people new skills.

One visitor to the launch commented: “This exhibition shows how an art project can help give young people a voice - to give them the opportunity to express themselves in a beautiful way.”

For more info, visit www.wheelworks.org.uk