Enniskeen Residents Building Positive Relations Through Creative Arts

Enjoying the celebration event for the unveiling of the new murals in Enniskeen

Enniskeen Social and Environmental Regeneration Group (ESERG) unveil a series of ceramic wall murals created as part of a Peace IV Building Positive Relations community arts project organised through Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

Over the last few months, Enniskeen residents were invited to take part in a collaborative creative arts project, with people of all ages and a diverse range of community backgrounds coming together to generate ideas and create eye-catching mosaic wall art installations. The final masterpieces were designed, created and installed in the Enniskeen estate, reflecting what was significant to them in the Enniskeen area.

This project was funded by the Peace IV programme, a cross-border initiative, financed through the European Union and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). It has been designed to support peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland. In addition to supporting peace and reconciliation, the Programme also contributes to the promotion of social and economic stability, in particular through actions to promote cohesion between communities.

Karen Minish, ESERG Member said: “this is a fantastic opportunity to bring everyone in the community together, particularly young people, to build new friendships and explore and work with people from different cultures.  We have never had an opportunity like this before and it has been completely invaluable to everyone in the Enniskeen area.  This summer project has built confidence, friendships and new skills and has resulted in an art piece inspired and created by the community which will be enjoyed by the entire community.”

Through the Peace IV Programme, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is supporting a number of projects, initiatives and events across three themes, ‘Children and Young People’, ‘Shared Spaces and Services’, and ‘Building Positive Relations’ as means to develop and promote community relations, respect, diversity, active citizenship and working to improve people’s quality of life. It aims to promote positive relations and mutual understanding; contribute to reduced levels of prejudice, hatred and intolerance; develop a sense of civic pride among participants and help develop good relations within communities. Match funding for this project has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.

To learn more about the Peace IV Programme and upcoming events, visit www.armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk/resident/peace-iv