A new art mural project entitled Illumination has been launched yesterday at North Street in Newry by Cllr Naomi Bailie, Chairperson, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. 

The project was undertaken by the Magnet art group with support from the Newry and Mourne Youth Strategy Partnership and Newry, Mourne and Down District Councils Good Relations Unit.

The mural at North Street in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
The mural at North Street in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Laura McLennan, Magnet art group said, “The image of a Polish child holding a pisanka (an intricately decorated egg) and wearing traditionally inspired clothing, was the result of many weeks of work. It was produced by the young people of The Magnet Centre’s art group with the help from graffiti artist MWAK. The painted egg not only reflects a beautiful Eastern European tradition, now common the world over, but is also a symbol of how Newry benefits from the diverse cultures that live here.”

Councillor Baillie speaking to those in attendance said, “This project cannot be underestimated.  It is something we should all be proud of.  It is a tribute to how far we have come and it is an important step towards our shared future in Newry, Mourne and Down.  It should inspire us all to make a positive difference with our neighbours, regardless of their ethnic origin, religious belief or political opinion.”

It is also a tribute to the young people of our city who highlighted the need to address the racist graffitti in the area.  Due to their dedication, enthusiasm and commitment, we are here today, not only celebrating this piece of art but challenging racism at a local level and embracing the cultural diversity of our District.” 



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