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A unique project co-ordinated by local communities and arts organisations and focussing attention on Belfast’s controversial interface walls is due to launch this month.
The ‘Draw Down the Walls’ project, organised by contemporary art space Golden Thread Gallery, in partnership with North Belfast Interface Network, Ardoyne Youth Club and Deanby Youth Club was launched on August 28 bringing delegates on a bus tour of the miles of interface walls in North and West Belfast.

The ambitious initiative, which is the culmination of three years work by the Golden Thread Gallery and the North Belfast Interface Network, will use the notorious walls as a starting point for a range of artworks, workshops and high profile art events. Its objective is to create debate and discussion about the walls inside and between different communities bordering the walls.

North Belfast Interface Worker, Bréandan Clarke explained; “We hope to encourage dialogue between the residents of interface communities and artists by using contentious areas as a starting point for creative projects, with emphasis being placed on a process of youth engagement and development. We also aim to challenge long-held perceptions that communities have of each other, while exploring local history and areas of commonality.”

The launch event, incorporated a discussion in the gallery and a bus tour of the Ardoyne and Shankill areas, and give representatives from communities in interface areas an opportunity to begin a process of dialogue with artists and other interested parties. Artists Lesley Cherry and Ian Charlesworth took part in the discussion along with local historian Mickey Liggett and Bréandan Clarke, North Belfast Interface worker.

Draw Down the Walls is funded by Belfast City Council’s Development and Outreach initiative and Good Relations.

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For further media information please contact Ruth at Golden Thread Gallery on 028 9033 0920 or mobile 07779007171

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