HEWITT IN THE FRAME

 

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John_Hewitt_drawing_Deirdre_Robb

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Shankill_Road_Drawing_Deirdre_Robb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hewitt In The Frame project was a public art partnership between the Greater Shankill Partnership and  Creative Exchange Artist Studios  in 2010. It was part of a large-scale programme called If Walls Could Talk  that started in 2005 where Deirdre Robb worked as an Archivist in documenting the process and the production of the first three artworks. An important aspect of The If Walls Could Talk Project was the art skilling workshops delivered to the community in the Greater Shankill area. The overall aim was to transform the Peace Wall at Cupar Way into one of the longest outdoor art galleries in the world; raise the skills of the Shankill community in art practice as well as creating debate on the existence of the notorious peace walls in Belfast

 

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IF_WALLS_COULD_TALK_ Deirdre_Robb

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PEACE_WALL_LOCATION_Hewitt_In_ the_Frame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belfast City Council funded the  project through the Creative legacies Programme. Important to note, this wall has been in place for 45 years separating Protestant and Catholic Communities. The brief for the artwork included significant community involvement and a means of installation that will allow the art to be relocated when the time comes for the wall to be dismantled.

 

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John_Hewitt_in_the_Frame_Cupar_Walk_Deirdr_Robb_Lesley_Cherry

Artists Deirdre Robb and Lesley Cherry led the project and engaged a number of facilitators to deliver workshops to a wide range of groups, schools, ages and disabilities that later informed the artworks.  The theme of the project was based around John Hewitt, a world-renowned poet who came from the area and wrote inspirational poetry reflective of an Irish man commenting on his life experience. The end result of the culminated into an extensive 100ft long public artwork for the peace wall.

 

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John_Hewitt_in_the_Frame_Shankill_Deirdr_Robb

Hewitt in the Frame Cupar walk

Hewitt in the Frame Cupar walk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John_Hewitt_in_the_Frame_Shankill_Deirdr_Robb

 

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John_Hewitt_in_the_Frame_Shankill_Deirdr_Robb

 

 

 

 

 

 

The artwork was a triptych with (A) framed interactive area for visitors to write messages directly onto – a tradition amongst tourists to Belfast on this wall – (B) a poetry section with school children and community images and (C) the main artwork consisting of landmarks in and around the Shankill area and it’s adjacent communities entwined with lines of Hewitt’s poetry. Creative Exchange Artist Studios

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John_Hewitt_in_the_Frame_Shankill_Deirdr_Robb

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frame_of_Letters_John_Hewitt_Deirdre_Robb

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Hewitt_in_The_Frame_Launch_Deirdre_Robb

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Hewitt_in_The_Frame_workshop_Deirdre_Robb

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