Brand new sculpture for Ballymena North

Rachel McNabb

Reporter:

Rachel McNabb

A sculpture by Galway artist Donnacha Cahill has been installed at the front of Ballymena North Business and Recreation Centre.

Donnacha had previously held workshops to obtain the views of local students, community representatives and the Board of Ballymena North.

Two local schools St.Patrick’s College and Dunclug College combined to add some fantastic ideas as to the form of the sculpture.

Waveney Youth Club and the senior citizens luncheon club managed by North Ballymena Community Cluster also added their thoughts

The end product resulted in a sculpture incorporating a beehive and branches of a tree.The idea of the beehive came from a student Rachael Skelly.

Rachael commented: “A community is like bees all working in harmony together to produce an end product. The branch of the trees represents roots in the community and growth and development.”

Chairperson of Ballymena North P.J McAvoy stated: “As an organisation we work for, with and in the community and have a great rapport with local schools and other voluntary and community groups.

“This project has been a great success and we are grateful for funding from the Arts Council NI through the Big Lottery.”

Thanks was expressed to both principals Dr. Knox and Ruth Wilson for their support and to art teachers Paul Jordan, Kieran Slack and Judith Simpson who organised workshops.

In attendance on the day of the installation, Friday April 12, was Patricia Lavery development officer from Arts Council N.Ireland.

Thanks was also extended to Rosalind Lowery Braid Arts Centre for all her professional advice and guidance.

Anyone interested in viewing sculpture will be very welcome to visit Ballymena North Business and Recreation Centre, 120 Cushendall Road, Ballymena.

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