New Artwork at Annaghshee
Publish Date: Wednesday, 17 June 2009
The official launch of the new Artwork at Annaghshee (formerly known as Ballygawley Road Housing Estate) Dungannon took place Saturday 20th June.
Last year the residents of the Ballygawley Road Housing Estate selected the new name 'Annaghshee' for the Estate. With support from Dungannon Council, funding was received from the Arts Council's Re-imaging Communities programme. Local artist Darren Sutton was commissioned to create a public sculpture at the entrance to the estate to commemorate the new name. The new name "Annaghshee" is Irish and means "the marsh of the fairies". The fairy is 240cm high standing on a plinth which depicts the estates new name.
Briege Hughes says; "After 2 years in the planning I am thoroughly looking forward to this weekend - This sculpture is about new beginnings, a time to remember and move on. It is a highly visible and permanent feature that will inform everyone of the new name for our estate!"
A competition will take place amongst the residents to name the sculpture at the launch. The artist, Darren Sutton says he is very grateful to have been selected to do the commission, and he is proud to have an art piece in his home town Dungannon.
Mayor Councillor Robert Mulligan at the unveiling of the Sculpture congratulated both the artist Darren Sutton and the residents on the creation and stated, "I congratulate all involved, Council alone could not have achieved what has taken place here. Yes funding through the Arts Council and the Re-imaging project and other projects has helped but your spirit, dedication and determination have reimaged this area to live up to the new name Annaghshee meaning 'March of the Fairies'."
Noirin McKinney, Director of Arts Development at the Arts Council, commented: "The arts make an important contribution to building a positive future for Northern Ireland by helping to create the conditions for a healthy civic society to flourish.
"The Arts Council's Re-imaging Communities programme has taken a sustained approach to community regeneration, helping to unlock the creative potential of local people at a neighbourhood level.
"Here in Dungannon, we can clearly see the benefits of this arts-led approach, where local residents and groups, working with a professional artist, have developed the confidence to transform their area into a welcoming environment."
The Re-imaging Communities Project is funded by the Arts Council Northern Ireland and the programme places artists in the heart of communities to work with local people in urban and rural areas to focus on positive ways to express who they are and what culture means to them artistically and creatively. The programme encourages the creation of vibrant and attractive shared public space through the use of the creative arts in the public realm, which will celebrate life, enhance the physical and natural environment and help people feel part of the community in which they live.
Dungannon West Community Forum has been a very valuable support for this project. The NI Housing Executive and the Dungannon Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership has supported the project financially as well.
Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council have three other Re-imaging projects in: - Coalisland Town Centre, Clogher Valley area and O'Neill Park, Lisnahull which is finished.
For a more information on the Re-imaging projects in Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council area please contact Dungannon Community Arts Studio on 028 8775 3626.
- The Re-imaging Programme is funded by the Shared Communities Consortium, lead by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and comprising OFMDFM, DSD, DCAL, Community Relations Council, PSNI, SOLACE (Society of Local Authority and Chief Executives), International Fund for Ireland and NI Housing Executive.
- When it launched in July 2006, the programme aimed to deliver 60 to 80 community-based projects within three years, with a spend of £3.3 million.
- The response to the initial pilot phase from local councils, community and voluntary groups throughout Northern Ireland outstripped the initial available funding.
- In October 2008 a further £500,000 of funding was allocated to the re-imaging programme through DCAL. This new funding allocation allowed the Arts Council to re-open this popular and uniquely important arts-led community regeneration programme.
- To date 124 projects have successfully been awarded funding, helping to restore pride to local neighbourhoods and moving Northern Ireland towards a normal, inclusive and stable society.