Urban Art Project
Our urban art project is a continuation of the river walk project (see the picture galleries below) that started in Spring 2019.
River Walk Project
Step 1 – Ground preparation for laying the grass
Step 2 – Laying grass, planting flowers
Step 3 – Expanding the area: clearing the undergrowth on the riverbank, painting the wall and removing graffiti – all while being visited by RTÉ Nationwide.
Step 4 – Planting on the riverbank
Step 5 – More planting along the river walkway
Swords Tidy Towns Art Project 2018/2019
Swords Tidy Towns Art Project is on display at the Castle Shopping Centre Swords. Three pieces have been put on display, two more will be added shortly. The project is a collaborative one with Snowflakes, Prosper Fingal, Fingal Community College, Youthreach and Swords Seniors Club.
This was a collaborative effort supported by Fingal County Council and many local community people and the local business community too. The project incorporated the clean-up of areas of Swords Ward River pathways, the clean-up and replanting of shrubs and flowers by Swords Tidy Towns Volunteers. The creative community artwork was combined in this project in order to encourage the engagement through creativity with the local groups and the community of Swords Town.
Some core Team members of STT and local Artists wanted to increase the inclusion of local people in a creative way. Local schools and local organisations were involved in this project work to create and display artwork within the town of Swords. ( Castle shopping centre car park, Open Art Gallery was born!)
This artwork was to represent the historical connection to Swords Castle and some of Swords history, and the present creative and diverse community of Swords today, from school age children right up to the Seniors of Swords. Using the combined ideas and input to designs, the groups represented a total of five art board designs that were created using local spaces like YouthReach Centre, North Street and St. Colmcilles GAA sports centre, to paint and create the art boards for the project. Three of the art boards have now been installed on the car park wall at Swords Castle Shopping centre: the Brian Boru board (Swords History), “Snowflakes” board (local support group for children with Autism) and ”Inside the Swords Norman castle” (tax collection day! Artist impression!) The other two boards are hoped to be completed over the summer and are to be installed by the end of August for everyone to enjoy!
The project involved a massive amount of planning, meetings with local people and artists over a year of work. There are so many local supporters of the project to thank and it is the beginning of hopefully many more wonderful community based projects of creativity within the swords area to come, a fitting introduction to the wonderful plans ahead for the cultural quarters at Swords Castle!
Big Thanks to: Fingal County Council, DAA Group, ColourTrend, Swords Towns people, Tully`s Plant Centre, Woodies, Lidl, Aldi…..Core Team: Ken, Mary, Matt, George, Saida, Miriam, Eamon, Liadan, Liliana, Siobhan, Orla, Billy. All YouthReach staff, David, Eddie, Fran, Jason, GAA Centre Staff , Alfie, Graham, Marian for providing the space to produce the artwork, and many more for their help in pulling this together ……..