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Top spot for young artists’ exhibition

Posted 11:13AM on Wednesday 18 May 2016

A group of young people with a learning disability are staging an art exhibition at a very special gallery – the Long Gallery at Stormont.

The works on show are the product of an art programme run by Positive Futures’ Family Support Service, Bangor with the support of a grant from Ards and North Down Borough Council.

Caroline Lismore–Kerr from our Family Support Service said: “The idea was to question the accepted thinking of artistic possibilities for young people with a learning disability. That’s why we called the project Unlocking Hidden Potential.

“Throughout the programme, the young people experimented with different media, textures and styles. It allowed each of the participants to undertake a journey of self–discovery and expression. As well as encouraging artistic talent, it was designed to nurture social and emotional growth.”

During the year, the young people took inspiration from famous modern artists such as Colin Middleton, Stuart Brisley, David Hockney, Lisa Reisman, and Matisse, and created pieces in their own style. They created beautiful personal collages, including a Christmas tree for First Bangor Presbyterian Church, various cityscapes and an African themed project. They also experimented with printing.

The exhibition at the Long Gallery is running from 17–30 May. Positive Futures is the current charity partner of the Northern Ireland Assembly. The charity supports people with a learning disability, acquired brain injury or autistic spectrum condition.

Top photo: Eoghan, one of the young artists

Middle photo: Trevor Reanay, Eoghan, Philip Smith & Agnes Lunny

Bottom photo: Positive Futures’ artists

More photos from the launch event are available on our Facebook page

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