Josh Schultz gives an update on Community Arts Partnership’s Brilliant Resilience Project

The Brilliant Resilience Project have been working away over the last little articipants have met artist Anne McCann at Wark Hall, Belleek and at the Westend Centre, Enniskillen, for crochet workshops over the last seven weeks.

Writer Teresa Kane has also met participants weekly at the Westend Centre, Enniskillen, as well as at a local hotel for storytelling and creative writing workshops.

Separately, 55 crochet packs were distributed by Fermanagh Community Transport.

A participant of the Brilliant Reslience Project crocheting
A participant of the Brilliant Reslience Project crocheting

Participants have re-engaged with their love of their crafts and arts related work along with their neighbours. The project continues to be an opportunity to reflect on this particular moment and to create new connections with older friends through the transformative power of community arts.

Starting from this Wednesday, (28th July, 2021) Photographer Lisa McQuaid from Belfast Exposed, will bring participants from the Fresh Focus Day Centre on day trips to local heritage sites in Enniskillen. Running over six weeks of community arts-based photography workshops, participants will build upon their interests in photography that staff from the Day Centre have nurtured as best they can over the last several years.

This opportunity is their first to work with a professional photographer to capture their own significant moments and assist how the participants’ relate these images to their own feelings at this particular place and time.

The Brilliant Resilience project, funded through Department for Communities and the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland’s Community Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund, is their first opportunity to receive training to use industry standard D-SLR cameras and to engage with a professional photographer. Their images will be included in the end of project exhibition, calendar and coffee table book, along with those recorded from other aspects of the Fermanagh-based project.

A participant of the Brilliant Reslience Project and a crocheted heart
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