Banksy-inspired mural depicts life of children at Cúirt an Rí

Pictured at the opening of the Cluid Art  Project opening in  Clonmel Library, Jake Murphy, Sophia forrestial, Holly Etherton, Kane Cronin, Eamon Healy, Marie Boland Clonmel Library, back; Ger Walsh Mayor Pat English, Jacintha Kiely Project Co Ordinator, Sue Rowling Cluid.
Teenage residents of a Clonmel estate have handed over a mural for display at Clonmel Library as part of an alternative community initiative.

Teenage residents of a Clonmel estate have handed over a mural for display at Clonmel Library as part of an alternative community initiative.

Art For Us is an arts club for young people that focuses on positive relationships and community integration through a pedagogical-based approach and popular education.

The young residents of Cúirt an Rí, King Street, Clonmel created the Banksy-style mural, inspired by the British street artist, portraying the images of some of the children on the estate. The mural will be displayed at the library until the end of the month.

While working on this first visual arts piece the teens developed skills in photoshop, stencil cutting, composition, working with spray and team work.Their vision is to develop a much bigger mural to include many more faces from Cúirt an Rí.

Art for Us was developed by a group of teenagers, supported by the Clúid Housing Association. The younger residents were awarded €7,100 through the European Youth in Action Programme, delivered through Léargas.

The initiative is led by two residents, Michael O’Connor and Jake Murphy - “The Jump Start Crew”, aged between 15–22 years, who will receive the highly accredited European Youth Pass Certification for completion of the programme.

Clúid Housing Association provides the 41 houses on the estate of Cúirt an Rí.

Clúid’s Housing Manager, Gavin Donaldson said “The aim of Art for Us is to encourage the nurturing of self-confident, self-reliant individuals with skills and values to support the development of a community. It also aims to create positive healthy relationships between neighbours, which will create a proud reputation for the estate.”

Artist Jessica Carson is supporting the creative work for the project. Jessica has been developing and supporting projects in socially engaged arts for 15 years and is currently delivering programmes in CIT Crawford College of Art and Design.

Mr. Donaldson added: “The teenagers are developing a range of important skills including creative, critical thinking skills and teamwork. The project has a clear focus on inclusion and collaboration, both in connection to relationships among people in the estate and also in relation to outside perceptions of the estate.”

Clúid is an independent not-for-profit charity that provides quality affordable rented housing for people from local authority housing waiting lists. Clúid’s mission involves enabling tenants to create thriving communities.

People are encouraged to visit Clonmel Library before the end of March and view the young artists’ creation.