Posted on: 18th August 2021

Local young people will hold a one day interactive public art showcase exploring human rights and the rights of a child this month.

Participants in The Playhouse Street Talk Project have organised the Public Art Showcase, Rights in Sight, on Tuesday August 24 in St Columbs' Park House Walled Garden in Derry.Londonderry.

Currynierin Youth Club, Tullyally Youth Club, VOYPIC, Include Youth and YMCA  have teamed up with the Street Talk Project for the programmes of issue based art workshops.

A team of artists and educators including Caroline Devenny, Polly Garnett, Sarah McNabb, Jack McGarrigle, Brent Young and Ciaran Flanagan have been hosting multi art form workshops in drawing, sculpture, textiles, printmaking, photography, and circus skills.

“These are the first Street Talk groups to meet face to face since coming out of lockdown, so the play, interaction and social element was very important in the project” Kieran Griffiths at The Playhouse said.

“The theme of the showcase is human rights and the rights of a child which the young people creatively explored in relation to their own lives, with one group linking issues of needing a play park, with the right to play. 

So it is encouraging local young people to have a voice and ask questions.”

Niamh Mc Laughlin VOYPIC Voices of Young People in Care said: “The project has given the young people a focus, especially throughout the Summer, and an opportunity to socialise with their care experienced friends. It’s the first group work since COVID and they’ve really enjoyed it.

They got to know the Playhouse as their local arts organisation and got to know a young artist, Sarah McNabb and they have come to see her as a role model and been inspired by her. One of the young people has now decided that they want to pursue fine art as a career.

All of the young people have been really engaged. They got to experience a wide range of different art forms.

It’s been a pleasure to work with the Playhouse. They really took account of the young peoples’ needs and we look forward to working with them again in the future.

The project helped to draw the young peoples’ attention to the UNCRC and how these rights relate to them. Before this they didn’t make the connection between human rights and young people. It has made them more socially aware and engaged in community issues; for example, why are there almost no free recreational activities for teenagers. Once you get into the teens, nothings’ free; it’s all to be paid for.

The young people really steered the direction of the project themselves, and really focussed in on the rights of a child. That’s such a big area, you couldn’t have done much more than that in the space of a few months. It’s so relevant for care experienced young people, especially in relation to child protection and the right to be safe, and the right to see your family, even if they live abroad.”

An array of art installations in the garden, on the grass, and mobile artworks will be on display at the showcase, which was jointly organised by the young people and The Playhouse.

The event will also include art workshops, circus skills performance by the young people with In Your Space Circus School, a live DJ session along with DJ workshops with Moving Music Academy, and a vintage photo booth with props, where people can dress up and get their photographic portraits taken.

The Playhouse Street Talk Project is funded by BBC Children in Need and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The Rights in Sight Public Art Showcase will be held  on Tuesday August 24 in St Columbs' Park House Walled Garden from 12 – 3 pm. All are welcome. Anyone attending is asked to comply with Covid Protocols for the event. For more information about The Playhouse Street Talk Project CLICK HERE.


Young participants in The Playhouse Street Talk Project Kevin McDaid (Left) and Chaise Shelford (Right) get ready for their interactive public art showcase, Rights in Sight, on Tuesday August 24 in St Columbs' Park House Walled Garden.


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