Months of hard work come to fruition at 'fab' mural launch

By david tucker

Published 23/01/2016 | 00:00

At the launch of a mural completed by Celtic Women's Group over the Christmas break in FAB Community Centre Coolcotts were, fromtop: Kathleen Ruddle, chairperson, FAB; Annie Reynolds, Joanna Noone, Mary Wallace, community artist, Susan Kemp, Wendy Anglim and Karley Kemp Breen.
At the launch of a mural completed by Celtic Women's Group over the Christmas break in FAB Community Centre Coolcotts were, fromtop: Kathleen Ruddle, chairperson, FAB; Annie Reynolds, Joanna Noone, Mary Wallace, community artist, Susan Kemp, Wendy Anglim and Karley Kemp Breen.

a FAB new mural has been unveiled in Coolcotts thanks to the hard work of a dedicated group of women and the visual artist who guided their endeavours.

The idea to create a mural in the FAB Community & Family Resource Centre in Coolcotts came about when a dedicated group of women decided to take up the challenge. Willing to try something totally new and different to anything they had ever done before they teamed up with local artist Mary Wallace who gave them four tins of paint and a little artistic direction!

Over the next three months Mary directed and facilitated the group to design and install a mural in the atrium stairwell in the FAB centre - a big, bright area lit by a rooflight window. They began by many making drawings and paintings inspired by nature - flowers, trees, birds and more. As their confidence grew they became more and more flamboyant in their designs.

The mural is larger-than-life with a towering foxglove, a gigantic sunflower, two enormous butterflies and other exotic plants. The colours used are strong and vibrant literally popping off the wall. Painted over the Christmas holidays when the centre was closed, the women were thrilled at the response from their local community when the doors opened in the New Year.

Celtic Women is a group of parents formed about three years ago who have come to the realisation that 'self-care' and concentrating on supporting themselves and enhancing their own development and skills would not only benefit group members but also their families.

The weekly sessions offer a supportive safe space to come which is just for themselves; a social outlet to meet friends, a place to laugh, an opportunity for personal development and growth, a place to gain the confidence to celebrate their skills and talents and to be challenged to learn new skills.

Mary Wallace is a contemporary visual artist with a passion for vibrant colour and texture. She has a wealth of hands-on experience working with community groups. Her work in Community Arts is a vital part of her arts practice as she is thrilled to share her skills and motivate others to make creative work on quite a large scale.

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