Posted on Friday 25 March 2011 by Clare Lagan

On 25th February 2011, the unveiling of an exciting new mural in the hallway of Divis Community Centre took place. The Art piece, funded by Jigsaw NI and made by the Jigsaw NI Friday Divis group depicts the old Divis flats in West Belfast. 

Divis group mural 2011

Artist Shauna McCann worked with the participants to create the piece which is proudly suitated in the hallway of Divis Community Centre.  The central piece is made from ceramic while the borders are ceramic relief and mosaic. The borders illustrate the broad range of activities within the community centre to include boxing, judo, Irish and salsa dancing, afterschools and activities for seniors.  Some of the tiles were also placed by local children. 

Participant Geraldine Malone said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the project. I learned new art skills and participants came from both within West Belfast and across the city to take part.  This project brought back a lot of memories about what the old Divis flats on the Falls Road used to look like.”

Participant Cecilia Donnelly added: “Since starting this project I have gained a lot, it has given me a lot of confidence which I didn’t have previously. I really enjoyed working on this.” 

Divis group

Praising the participants involved Shauna McCann (Artist) said:  “This was such a worthwhile experience for the participants.  As it is a mixed ability group everyone’s skills were utilised and everyone contributed to the overall piece.” 

Clare Lagan, Manager of Jigsaw NI thanked everyone who helped in any way with the project. She said: “It is great to see this group getting the recognition they deserve. A lot of time, care and effort went into this project and it has paid off. Well done and congratulations to all group members and Shauna, our Artist.

This project was funded by Jigsaw NI and supported by Belfast City Council Divis Community Centre.

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