UPPER SPRINGFIELD DEVELOPMENT TRUST’S PUBLIC ART IN THE COMMUNITY PROGRAMME LAUNCH THEIR GATE EXCHANGE INTERACTIVE PUBLIC ART SHOWCASE.
Gate Exchange is the result of a programme of participatory arts and the project has resulted in this one day interactive public art showcase. Artists Deborah Malcomson, Anthony Champa and local writer Brenda Murphy worked with Artability to produce a spectacular array of temporary public art using light, shadow and projection, incorporating techniques from Japanese puppetry and moving images.
Northern Visions took to the Streets at North Howard Street to capture the vast array of artwork. In contrast to the visually symbolic and thought provoking artwork, the backdrop of this public display was an interface, which divided two communities, a deliberate location.
“ Through contemporary art in the community, these groups of local disabled people have been creatively addressing issues of barriers which they face in everyday life, and using the physical barrier of the North Howard Street Interface as a pivotal symbolic site to showcase their work.” Deirdre Mackel, Arts Programme Manager, Upper Spring Field Development Trust.
The artwork of birds and their struggle to obtain freedom is a recurring theme throughout the community programme and poignantly refers to the participant’s feelings and ideas of the restraints placed on them as a result of their disabilities. Through the use of art these feelings are proclaimed on a visual basis.
“Art has no barriers, every human being has a creative and artistic dimension to their lives.” Roisin McDonough, Arts Council of Northern Ireland.