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Young people's artwork to be projected for Awakening the Walls

27 October 2017

Unique artwork created by local children and young people is to be projected across two key locations as part of a supernatural illuminated spectacle created for Derry City and Strabane District Council's massive Hallowe'en celebrations which get underway this weekend.

'Under A Samhain Moon' is a collaborative projection mapping project between local schools, youth clubs and arts organisations which involved young people working with industry experts, Guerrilla Shout to create several installations across the Bogside/Bishop Street and Fountain Urban Village areas.

The installations will be live at Free Derry Wall and New Gate Cultural Centre in the Fountain Estate for three evenings before Hallowe'en from Saturday October 28th until Monday, October 30th from 6pm-8.30pm as part of the Awakening the Walls animation trail around the historic City Walls.

Light Vs Dark is an innovative projection mapping project supported by principal funders, Arts Council NI (ACNI) through Lottery Funds and Urban Villages.  
Gareth Stewart of Celtronic, one of the partnership organisations involved in the project as part of the Gasyard Wall Feile and Bluebell Arts Project, explained that the bespoke artwork created by children and young people from local primary schools and youth clubs would be included in the final installations as part of the city's world famous Hallowe'en festival.

Pupils from Gaelscoil Éadain Mhóir, Longtower PS, Fountain PS and young people from Pilot's Row, Cathedral Youth Club, Youth First and Longtower Youth Club, took part in the projection mapping project, gaining an insight into the skills required to develop visual installations and animated art.

Mr. Stewart continued: "The project enabled the children and young people to engage with their area and take ownership on a creative level, shaping the final visual pieces/installations which may be seen by thousands of visitors to the city."

John Kerr, Arts & Culture Manager, Derry City and Strabane District Council, said: "It's very important that local people are fully engaged and given opportunities to create quality content for our high profile civic festivals and events. This project provides the opportunity for participants of all ages to gain an insight into the skills required to develop visual installations and animated art. It affords the opportunity to develop skills in this area and then culminates in a really high profile showcase where thousands of people will see the work. We're very much looking forward to the big reveal and would like to thank the funders for their support."

 ACNI, through Lottery funding, is supporting a number of key events as part of this year's Hallowe'en festival in partnership with Derry City and Strabane District Council. Through the Challenge Fund, ACNI is the Principal Funder in bringing Luke Jerram's touring installation, Museum of the Moon to the city's Guildhall from October 28th- 31st. The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones and this is its first time in Northern Ireland. 

Fionnuala Walsh, ACNI's Head of Community Arts, said: "We are so delighted to see Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery Funding going towards such a fabulous project. The Museum of the Moon is an amazing, creative arts installation to be enjoyed by communities across Derry City, doing exactly what the Arts Council's Challenge Fund was designed to do – to bring great art within everyone's reach. The Challenge Fund has also supported the Council's Light vs Dark event, a digital video mapping project that has targeted all ages in hard to reach communities across the Derry City and Strabane District Council Area. 

"This type of local engagement can help bring communities closer together, and involves people producing their own creative content for festivals, helping them to take ownership and actively participate in civic events. We thank the Council for taking up the Challenge Fund and matching their funding to Arts Council funding, allowing artists and citizens alike to make a major contribution to this festival and to others in the North West."

For full details of the Derry Hallowe'en programme of events taking place from October 28th-31st, visit www.derryhalloween.com