An exciting new Peace IV Programme by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council was launched this month, the common expression programme, which is aptly called Bannsky, is managed by Copius Consulting and will run throughout the Summer and Autumn of 2019 for young people within the Council area.
The programme has been designed to bring young people together from across the various communities and promote better relationships through the use of arts, digital technologies, music, dance and other forms of creativity.
A large number of local community groups and individuals have been selected to take part in the Bannsky PEACE IV funded project being delivered across Causeway Coast and Glens Council area. These include young people from Moyle, Ballymoney, Limavady and Coleraine.
Mr Robert Ferguson from Copius Consulting and one of the main architects behind the project, said “We decided early on that we would call the project Bannsky as it not only represented the Bann which runs through the Causeway area but also as the project is based on the arts, it was timely that we were witnessing a media storm with the world famous artists Banksy.”
He added, “We designed a website which would allow young people who wished to be part of the programme to host their own videos and state why they wanted to be selected to take part in this wonderful Peace IV programme.”
The official launch of the programme seen over 80 young people take part in a series of arts and musical activities ranging from dance, drama, spray painting and notably how to record and make their own digital images and short film pieces at Innovation Factory.
The young participants began their day with a tour the Peace Walls in Belfast as well as to have the opportunity to sign their names and create their own unique piece of art work to put on the walls.
Louie Winward and Hélène Byrne from Dunseverick Art who ran one of the workshops said “It is exciting to be involved in working with such a large group of young people from across the Causeway Coast & Glens and have the opportunity to teach them how to create small pieces of art using tiles and impart the various methods required for designing them,”
Councillor James McCorkell, Chairman of the Causeway Coast and Glens PEACE IV Partnership, welcomed the programme, stating “This programme is not only allowing our young people to express their artistic merits and creativity, but it is also helping build new and exciting relationships between our young people who will someday be our next generation of leaders within the borough.”
Each of the groups and individuals participating in the programme will now be working towards creating their own project piece with the assistance of one of the artists they met on the day, the youth groups will travel to each other’s centres and participate in a series of workshops and trips throughout the year.
The project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.
Youth Facilitator Rebecca Culbertson, from The Hub Coleraine said “I was delighted to be given the opportunity to bring together young people from across our town and local schools to participate in this project. The launch of Bannksy.com gave us the opportunity to meet other youth groups with the management of Copius Consulting, in bringing us all together in Belfast to participate in workshops with well-known artists such as Gleave Dobbin and Glen Molloy and gave us a greater understanding of the amazing work surrounding The Peace Walls.
We are looking forward to working with the other youth groups throughout the year and hope to build lasting relationships amongst the young people”