Dunclug Partnership is lead partner in the ‘5 apples’ project which is being funded by Arts Council Northern Ireland and is to be completed by June.
A committee made up of council employees and community representatives was established for the two-part project, the first part of which involved the selection of an artist along with a Peace and Reconciliation facilitator.
Three artists were shortlisted and each gave a presentation before a selection panel.
The successful artist was Shiro Masuyama a high profile artist whose project is based on ‘five apples’ with each apple containing a theme.
His residencies and commissions include Artist in Residence in the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the ISC Programme in New York and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea.
Shiro’s approach to this commission is similar to his approach to his residency at the L’Derry City of Culture, intending to base himself on site and work with the local community in an education programme based on the final work.
His proposal is based around the symbolism of the apple, from William Tell to Newton, Adam & Eve and
The Beatles record label amd the work signifies working together, trust, growth and peace building.
The second phase of the project will see Shiro host art workshops supported by another artist Sinead O’Donnell, giving individuals the opportunity to work with them.
A full education and outreach programme is planned including the artist distributing apple trees to the local community and workshops being held with local residents, youth clubs, churches etc.
The Artist is keen that interaction with the community is a vital part of the process and he will be supported and assisted in that by Dunclug Partnership and Ballymena Council’s Arts Officer.