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Saturday 29 November 2014

Ballyguile arts project takes shape at community centre

Published 18/09/2013 | 17:20

Having fun at making ceramics at the Ballyguile Communiy Arts Project.
Having fun at making ceramics at the Ballyguile Communiy Arts Project.

BALLYGUILE Area Women's Group decided that they wanted to do an arts project this year that would involve all the community in Ballyguile and particularly all those who have used the 74a Community House on the Estate.

After hearing about a project undertaken by the Women of the World group in Arklow, they contacted community artist Christine Van Bussel to teach them how to make ceramic tiles with the idea that they could share this new skill with the rest of the community. The women's group designed their tiles around the activities that are run in 74a as well as the individuals, groups and organisations that all use and support activities in the centre.

Following this they invited all the children, young people and adults who have used the centre to come along and make some too. Once the tiles were made, further sessions were held to colour glaze them and the project finished with the mounting of the tiles in the front garden of the centre.

Chairperson of Ballyguile Area Women's Group, Bernie Murphy, said ,'It was great to see so many people get involved in a project that was good fun, taught new skills, and benefited the centre. We would like to thank Christine for her facilitation of the project, Wicklow County Council and Wicklow Town Council for funding the project, County Wicklow Partnership and Wicklow Child & Family Project for co-ordinating the project and linking their Kids Clubs and Adult Classes in to it, and the BBH (Ballyguile, Broadlough and Hillview) Voluntary Committee for keeping the 74a centre open to the community.'

Ballyguile Area Women's Group meet most Monday evenings from 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the 74a Community House on the Ballyguile Estate. New members welcome.

For more information about the women's group Email ballyguileareawomensgroup@yahoo.ie To find out more about the 74a Centre contact the BBH group Email bbhcentres@gmail.com.

To find out more about the Kids Clubs and classes in 74a contact Helen Howes, County Wicklow Partnership on (087) 2068729 and if your group would like to do a similar project contact Christine Van Bussel on (086) 8597267.

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