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Wednesday 9th January 2008

January - March Programme now online!



Monday 9th July 2007


Funded by Northern Bank

Down Community Arts Photographic Exhibition

The Saint Patrick Centre, Downpatrick

A gallery of work produced from all our recent photography workshops was officially launched

Below: Left to right; Dana Robson (Ballynahinch group), Peter Semple (Newcastle group), Teresa     Craig (Northern Bank Regional Manager), Dorothy Keenan (Castle Ward group) and Jan Joyce (Newcastle group). These four participant's photographs were chosen for special commendation by the four professional photographers invloved in the project.


Summer Schemes 2007

Below: Left to right; Leaders at the Ballynahinch Summer Scheme Roxanne Denver, Janice Stevenson, Matthew Knowles and John McCauley.


Below: Children at the Ballynahinch Summer Scheme.


Below: Children and leaders at the Ballynahinch Summer Scheme.


Below: Children who took part in the Summer Scheme at Glebe House near Strangford. Included are leaders Michelle McQuoid, Roisin Groves, Aine Hamill and artist Heather McDermott.


Monday 30th April 2007

Below: The Wallace family from Ballynahinch with artist Sarah Kileff and leader Maria Busch at the launch of the Down Community Arts community art exhibition at the Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick.



A sunny April evening marked the launch of the Down Community Arts community arts exhibtion. The Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick was the venue for the collection of artwork from workshops organised by Down Community Arts between January and April. Among the exhibits was a stunning piece created by the participants at the Dundrum Families Together project with the help of Rostrevor artist Kathy Marsh. It featured the figure of a woman wearing  a huge crinoline-style white dress illuminated from within. A circle of sand surrounded the figure and scattered around her were plaster casts of the hands and feet of the families involved.

People taking part in the Ballynahinch Families Together project produced a fantastic series of mosaics and those who ventured out into the Cathedral Garden may have been alarmed by the presence of giant papier mache insects!

Children from the 'Tell us your Tall Tales' Saturday Art Club in Crossgar produced an impressive 30 foot banner of wallpaper depicting the wacky adventures of three dragons. This fun piece covered a considerable amount of wall space in the gallery! Artist Janice Stevenson and Storyteller Patricia Gilchrist helped the children to put it together.

A unique exhibit took centre stage in the lobby of the centre. This was the result of a project called the Bridge Jigsaw and showed water flowing beneath a stone bridge in the countryside. Each part of the jigsaw had been put together by a different participant in this special cross community project involving teenagers, with the help of Belfast artist Louisa Holmes.

The individuals involved with the Down Community Arts Creative Writing class at Castle Ward had their work printed in a booklet specially produced by Tammy Moore from the Creative Writers Network. Called the 'Chronicles of Castle Ward' the booklet features a series of short stories were written by the participants. The exhibition saw the launch of the booklet.

Also launched was the first edition of our quarterly newsletter- Community Canvas. The newsletter is the first of its kind for Down Community Arts and has a variety of articles about arts workshops and community events. It's available for download in PDF format at the top of this page.

Around one hundred people attended the launch and we were delighted to have Hazel Campbell, Head of Arts and Culture at the DCAL as our guest speaker.

Thanks to the Saint Patrick Centre and to all our funders and supporters!