Service users of Cookstown Adult Centre and Satellites recently completed an arts project at the Burnavon, Cookstown, to produce an exhibition titled ‘One’, which will be on display until the 30th April 2018.
Funded by Mid Ulster District Council’s Arts and Cultural Development programme, the project took place over the course of eight weeks with local artist Gwen Stevenson.
Speaking at the launch event, Deputy Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Mark Glasgow commented on the project:
“I’m delighted that the Council are able to offer programmes like this one to those with learning disabilities in our community. Arts and crafts are a great way to express ourselves and build confidence. The pieces of art created here over the last eight weeks are fantastic, congratulations must go out to everyone who took part in the programme.”
Artist Gwen Stevenson who worked with the group each week also commented on the programme:
“I was delighted to work with the participants and see their individual art works emerge over the eight week course. Each piece reflected their individual personality and interests, as well as the amount of energy and enthusiasm they invested in the whole process from start to finish. As a body of work, the outcome is colourful, diverse and multi-layered reflecting the diversity and character of the group that produced it.”
Mona McCann, Manager of Cookstown Adult Centre was delighted that the centre and Satellites were able to take part in this project:
“During the visual arts project, our service users were encouraged to express themselves therapeutically through their art work. At the launch event when the artwork was unveiled each participant took great pride in their work and enjoyed telling everyone about their experience and achievements.
“Feedback was very positive, one service user said “It was something different and it was good fun”. Another stated “I enjoyed doing something different every week and it was nice to meet my friends. I enjoyed the art project and I liked working with different art materials.””
The ‘One’ exhibition will be on display in the Burnavon until the 30th April. For more information on projects like this one, please contact the Arts and Cultural Development Officer on 028 8676 9949.