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Care for Creation 

Care for Creation is a unique, large scale, inter-faith, public art project, devised and delivered by Ballymena Church Members Forum, in Northern Ireland. The project was a celebration of our natural world, aiming to highlight environmental concerns and how people can all work together to “Care for Creation”. 

During the winter months of 2019/2020, it engaged over 400 citizens of all ages, abilities and faith backgrounds, in a collaborative process of making large scale public art works as part of a unique art trail around the area. Over 60 volunteers, including local artists, made the project happen by guiding a series of more than 30 expressive arts workshops with over 14 local groups to develop ideas. Part of the project also involved the formation of a new children’s choir from all the participating schools. The bus shelter art trail was viewed by thousands of local people using buses and those driving/walking past and there has been huge positive feedback. 

There have been many new ways of working and initiatives sparked off by the volunteers. Lots of the volunteers tried making art for the first time through this project and are now seeking continued arts projects. New skills were developed in working with new materials, in large scale, for public exhibition, with new people and in new spaces. Volunteers were encouraged to be expressive and to celebrate their art works.