Teaming up with The MAC, George Best Belfast City Airport has given their adopted schools the chance to visit some of the country’s most popular art gallery venues, with special behind the scene access.
30 pupils from the airport’s adopted schools, St. Joseph’s Primary School and Victoria Park Primary School, joined a ‘Gallery Challenge’ workshop, run by local artists Katrina Sheena Smyth and Charlotte Bosanquet.
During the Challenge, pupils could produce wonderful pieces of artwork from a variety of mediums, including theatre, painting, sculpture or dance, to develop their artistic knowledge and technical skills.
Speaking about the special events, Paula Bittles from Belfast City Airport, said, “Belfast City Airport is committed to providing even the youngest members of our community with invaluable and memorable experiences to help expand and nourish their intellectual and social development. With that in mind, we are absolutely delighted to be working with The MAC to provide these children which such a fabulous opportunity.
“It really is a once in a lifetime chance to work with such esteemed artists. The children have thoroughly enjoyed themselves over the last few days and are going back to school truly inspired by all of the incredible work they have seen.”
The children spent time in The MAC’s three galleries, where as well as creating their own masterpieces, they also enjoyed stories from other primary schools across Northern Ireland. The stories were part of the Great MAC Writing Competition, an opportunity for children to write stories and poetry from the perspective of a WW1 soldier, to mark the Great War’s 100th anniversary.
Paula Bittles added, “We would like to thank The MAC for partnering with us to deliver such a fun and informative programme for our adopted schools which will no doubt encourage the children to pursue their artistic talents even further.”