R-Space Gallery is pleased to announce it has received Making Art In Communities and Arts Encounters funding from Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council’s Arts Service, and private sponsorship from JP Corry Lisburn, to support the a new Urban Art Project.

The project, which is now underway, is an intergenerational urban art project on self-esteem, identity and place. Artist Jonny McKerr has been working with the youth group ‘Diversity’ and Stephen Mackey has been providing sessions to the Men’s Shed Group, both based in Resurgam Trust Lisburn. The Men’s Shed group have made a skateboard ramp (with materials subsidised by JP Corry, Lisburn) which is being customised by the younger group, who will also be making their own urban artworks.

These items will be showcased at R-Space Gallery as part of the Leo Boyd’s ‘The Ghost in the Screen’ exhibition from 23 March – 19 April.

Participants have been encouraged to to express their own sense of identity and place in their designs. The aim of the project has been to encourage creativity within this community, enhancing self esteem and pride in their surroundings, and therefore providing a positive learning experience and increasing wellbeing and social inclusion.

“The DECKD Project is a wonderful example of how R-Space has embraced partnership working with our valued funders Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, host group Resurgam Trust, and private business sponsors JP Corry, in a project that has far reaching community benefits.

As a newly registered charity we trust that this will be an example of what we plan to roll out in the future for the benefit of communities in Lisburn City and beyond.”

Alan Clarke, Chair of R-Space Board of Trustees

‘The Ghost In The Screen’ preview featuring Resurgam Trust Youth artwork will take place on Saturday 23 March 2-4pm at R-Space, 32 Castle Street Lisburn. Entry is free; all welcome.

Registered with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC106350
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