Newry’s Magnet Centre to benefit from £10,000 funding

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Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Twelve youth projects in communities across Northern Ireland are set to benefit from £120,000 of funding to develop bespoke arts projects that promote positive health and wellbeing.

The grants have been awarded in the second phase of the ARTiculate programme, a £600,000 project launched last year and supported by the Arts Council National Lottery Funds and the Public Health Agency (PHA).



Projects in Belfast, Newry, Enniskillen, Cookstown, Limavady, Dungannon and Derry/Londonderry are among those to have received funding.

In Newry Magnet Young Adult Centre’s ‘Identity with Arts’ will benefit from £10,000 of funding. The first phase of this project will focus on photography and graffiti workshops, identifying issues affecting their lives.

The second phase will see the group take the work they have created out into the local community, developing positive messaging and information on support available to share with their peers.



Working in partnership with community organisations and artists, the funding scheme will deliver tailor-made arts projects to groups of young people across Northern Ireland.

Using a range of artforms including drama, music, visual arts and literature, the ARTiculate programme has been established to help give young people a voice to talk about the issues which most affect their lives, including mental health issues, family pressures and exam worries.

Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented, “We launched the ARTiculate programme a year ago with the aim of increasing access to the arts for young people.



“The links between arts and wellbeing are now very well established and we are delighted with the positive impact those first 15 projects have had in communities right across Northern Ireland.

“Through our National Lottery funding and working with the Public Health Agency, this second phase of funding will see that important work continue, opening up opportunities for young people to engage in the arts and the many benefits that brings, from promoting self-expression, to developing self-confidence and self-motivation,” she added.



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