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Striking art exhibition by Syrian teens travels across Mayo

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ART OF STORYTELLING One of the artworks in ‘Paper, Light and Shadow’, an exhibition by young Syrian refugees.

An innovative exhibition with art works made by teenage Syrian refugees this week travels from Ballina Art Centre to Claremorris Library.   
The exhibition, entitled ‘Paper, Light and Shadow’ was opened in Ballina by Cllr Annie May Reape, Cathaoirleach of Ballina Municipal District Council, on Wednesday, November 15.  Today (Tuesday) marks its last day in the north Mayo venue.
The young Syrian refugees who produced the creative works this travelling exhibition recently resettled in Mayo. Throughout late July and August, they took part in a visual-art and animation project at The Linenhall Arts Centre, under the expert guidance of artist Maeve Clancy, assisted by designer Jeni Roddy. The group imagined, conceived, wrote a story and conveyed it using visual imagery in the form of animated paper cut-outs.
The project gave the teenagers the chance to meet, collaborate, speak English, learn visual art and animations skills and produce their own short animated film. ‘Paper, Light and Shadow’ is the culmination of their creative endeavours.
This exhibition first opened in the Linenhall Art Centre, Castlebar, in early October and it then travelled to Custom House Studios, Westport. Visitors have been impressed by the striking images and how they are brought to life through animation.
The project was supported by Mayo County Council, South West Mayo Development Company, Linenhall Arts Centre & the Arts Council. It was initiated and funded by Mayo County Council Arts Office through a Cultural Diversity Partnership initiative, supported by the Arts Council under the Invitation to Collaborate Scheme. It was envisaged as a step towards developing a culturally diverse service and enabling access for culturally diverse citizens.

The show will be launched in Claremorris Library tomorrow evening (Wednesday), November 29, at 8pm. All are welcome.

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