Sport Northern Ireland bringing Sport and Art together for Giro legacy

 

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Sport Northern Ireland celebrated another piece of Giro legacy at a primary school in North Belfast on Friday morning, 20 June 2014.

On hand to help Chief Executive Antoinette McKeown at Bunscoil an tSleibhe Dhuibh Primary School, was Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín and renowned local artist Deepa Mann-Kler.


Twenty-four lucky pupils at Bunscoil were selected through Sport Northern Ireland's Activ8 Giro Schools Engagement Programme to take part in a series of workshops with local artist and cycling enthusiast Deepa Mann-Kler. The artwork created from the workshops, a giant mosaic replica of one of Deepa's cycling prints, was today gifted to the school as a legacy from all the Giro activity.

Speaking at the celebration assembly, Sport Northern Ireland Chief Executive Antoinette McKeown said: "This project has been about inspiring participation in sport through art and the Giro. The artwork gives the school a legacy from the Giro, which will hopefully help to inspire our next generation of athletes, as well as to encourage the children to try cycling. Sport Northern Ireland is dedicated to developing people in sport, especially our young people, and events such as the Giro are a great motivator for people to get active and stay healthy."

Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said: "I welcome the opportunity to meet the children from Bunscoil an tSleibhe Dhuibh today. They are working with artist Deepa Mann-Kler to create a wonderful mosaic commemorating the Giro d'Italia Big Start in Belfast.

Deepa Art Workshop-web"Since 2009, the Activ8 programme has been visiting primary schools across the north. It has organised programmes around major sporting events such the 2012 Olympics and last year's World Police and Fire Games. Initiatives such as this encourage children to be creative, while underlining the importance of sport, physical activity and a balanced diet.

"This latest project shows the inspirational nature of the Giro d'Italia, while linking sport and creativity in a way that is engaging and innovative. It takes the enthusiasm around the event and turns it into something tangible—an inspirational work of art."

Bunscoil an tSleibhe Dhuibh Principal Pilib Misteil commented: "As a school that organised and participated in a maracycle from Belfast to Donegal for the last 10 years, it was fitting that we were lucky to work with such an esteemed artist as Deepa, combining our love of culture and sport."

Further Giro legacy activities are planned by Sport Northern Ireland over the coming months so, while the Giro has rolled out of town, it is by no means forgotten.

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