To coincide with Crinniú na n-Óg 2022, the annual national day of free creative activities for children and young people under the age of 18 on June 11th, a group of young people unleased dramatic bursts of colourful artwork around the streets of Ballina in a project that has surprised and delighted the public.
Funding secured from the Creative Ireland programme via Mayo County Council allowed members of North Mayo UBU Youth Project and Involve Ballina Youth Project to work with Mayo Artsquad to develop a series of stencil-based designs, transforming some of the town’s ESB service boxes and in turn, the urban landscape.
Through a series of workshops under the guidance of Mayo Artsquad participants, the young people came up with the designs, honed their skills in design, stencil cutting and spray painting, and confidently brought them to life on the streets.
Support was provided by Ballina Arts Centre, who hosted the workshops, by the leaders of all three groups and by our trusted partners, Ballina Community Clean-up who cleaned and primed the boxes before painting.
With thanks to ESB Networks Ireland.
Funding from Creative Ireland Mayo for this project via Mayo County Council is gratefully acknowledged. You can access other Creative Ireland resources here: https://www.creativeireland.gov.ie/en/resources/