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Exhibition | Apple Blossom Art Project

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 @ 10:00 am Friday, May 24, 2024 @ 4:00 pm

Image credit: Ian Maginess. Standing from left, Malachi Kelly who wrote a poem especially for the art exhibition; Inna Shynkevich, Olena Kulaga, Maryna Opanasenko and Oksana Liashenko, who each created an artwork for the exhibition, and the Library's Education and Outreach Officer, Ursula Monaghan. Seated from the left, flanking the artist Patricia McMurray who worked with the whole group, are the four young people who created a painting: Sofiia, Nicole, Valeriia and Daryna.

Family members from the Ukrainian community were invited to take part in an Apple Blossom Art Project. with local artist, Patricia McMurray, and the Library’s Education and Outreach Officer, Ursula Monaghan.

For the art project, centered on identity and integration, the families chose to paint apple blossom, because County Armagh is known as the orchard county of Ireland, and because they have been made very welcome to County Armagh. Their intention is to be able to bring their artwork back to Ukraine to hang in their own home.

The project started in February 2024 with four adults and four young people from the local Ukrainian families working with acrylic artist Patricia. The artworks were then framed locally.

The art will be on display in the Long Room until Friday 24 March 2024.

Funding for this project has been made possible thanks to the support of the Esme Mitchell Trust and Social Enterprise Academy, as part of the outreach project ‘Steps to Sustainability’.