Two exciting outreach projects will launch in Derry City in 2019, as part of the programme for Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger, the acclaimed Famine-art exhibition, opening at Cultúrlann Ui Chanáin on January 18th.
Living Art Tours
These projects include Living Art Tours for young audiences, written by Jonathan Burgess. Groups will meet characters from the story of the Great Famine in Ireland, inspired by the artworks from the Coming Home collection.
Famine themed murals
The second project will see three larger than life murals grace the walls of Derry, created by local street art collective UV Arts. The murals have been inspired by Famine-themed poems by the Irish poet, Gabriel Rosenstock and will be accompanied by a music written by the late fiddle player, Tommy Peoples.
These projects will gifted to the city by Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin and cultural partners at Ireland's Great Hunger Museum and Quinnipiac University in the US.
Director of Ireland's Great Hunger Museum, Ryan Mahoney said 'The team at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, as well the greater Derry community, have gone out of their way to make this leg of Coming Home truly unique and special. The Derry portion of the tour will be unlike any other stop, and we're very excited for the unveiling of these two exciting projects.'
He went on to say: 'None of this would be possible without the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs. From day one they saw the importance of the Coming Home project. It is because of their partnership that this venture continues to be such a success for Quinnipiac University'.