Stop by for a look this weekend.
Another eye-catching mural has been unveiled in the City centre as part of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The entrance plaza at Nano Nagle Place has been transformed into a large-scale canvas for a vinyl piece created by the Cork Migrant Centre Youth Initiative, which nurtures the resilience of young teenagers living in, or just transitioned from, Direct Provision Centres.
The new artwork was created through Zoom and WhatsApp brainstorming with Kate O’Shea from Cork Printmakers and mentor Stevie G, who encouraged the young people to generate ideas through drawing, painting, and writing. The piece features graphic design, portraits, text, and words of solidarity, inspired by the motto ‘Deeds, Not Words’.
The artwork also includes contributions from the Climate Youth Artivists, who use their own creativity to provoke change on a number of issues, completing the much publicised “Black Lives Matter – End Direct Provision” mural appeared on Sullivan’s Quay in Cork City in June.
Here in Ireland, many young people, not just those from refugee and migrant backgrounds, feel a sense of isolation at times in a country where racial abuse and institutional discrimination is not being tackled effectively.
“This is an amazing project from Nano Nagle Place and it gives a voice to those who need to be heard most: the young people,” said Stevie G.
“It’s a wonderful extension of the work myself, Andrea, and Naomi, do with the teens and it was incredible working with Kate and Aideen of Cork Printmakers and also the young crew at Climate Youth Artivists.”
“My picture was inspired by the diversity of humans and how we all have the same colour blood.” said artist Ugonna Dur.
“My other picture is in Japanese and when translated into English, it means ‘we are one person’: this means no matter the difference, we are all still the one species, human.”