A new cross-border cultural programme is asking local people to get involved in the creation of a modern day colouring book that takes a look at Northern Ireland’s past.
The programme, entitled Colouring the Past, is being delivered by the Linen Hall Library in association with Making the Future, a new cultural project delivered in partnership by the Nerve Centre, National Museums NI, and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.
The overall aim of Making the Future is to empower people to use museum collections and archives to explore the past and create a vision for future change in Northern Ireland.
The project is supported by €1.82m of European Union funding under the PEACE IV Programme, which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.
Colouring the Past aims to give participants the skills to create photos for a colouring book based on the history of Northern Ireland.
The programme is divided into different areas.
Belfast-based photographer and educator Chris Barr will help participants develop their photography skills and capture the world around them.
Images submitted by participants will be compiled as line drawings in a colouring book that will reflect a current snapshot of Northern Irish society.
Award-winning Belfast comedian Tim McGarry, best known as Da in Give My Head Peace, will host a session on Northern Ireland’s famous sense of humour.
Participants will learn about the social and cultural history of Northern Ireland from journalist Malachi O’Doherty, who reported throughout the Troubles.
They will also be encouraged to share their own experiences.
In addition, the programme will take place via Zoom and Slack, meaning people can take part from the comfort of your own home.
It will run on a variety of dates from November 30 to December 17.
Lesley Cherry, community engagement officer for the Linen Hall Library, said: “Colouring the Past is a unique opportunity for participants to add their voice and have a say about the current state of play here through photography and humour.
“Participants will help create a modern-day colouring book inspired by the aspects of our past and that reflects a modern view of our society.
“Once complete, the colouring book can be decorated in whatever way people want – by mixing ‘traditional’ colours from communities, putting a psychedelic take on the images or completing them in monochrome.
“We want to explore how our humour has been a great, and often overlooked comfort in times of adversity, while remembering the past and looking at how far we have come.”
Anyone aged 16+ living in Northern Ireland or the border counties of Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan, and Louth is eligible to take part.
More information can be found here.
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