Launch of ‘Draw Down the Walls’ publication ‘Invisible Barriers: Moving Images’, took place at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Belfast, Wednesday 22 June 2016.
invisible barriers…moving images… Publication
The book is a fully illustrated record of the stories behind the Invisible Barriers project and the 5 commissioned films facilitated and directed by Zhenia Mahdi-Nau and includes an introduction by writer Glenn Patterson (Good Vibrations co-screenwriter).
“I am in the United States… as a visiting lecturer, teaching a class called Belfast Narratives… I want them… to have a different understanding when they leave the class at the end of the Semester than they had when they came in at the start… And it occurs to me that one of the ways to ensure this would be to dim the lights and show them the Draw-Down-The-Walls films, one after the other… They illuminate where we are, and they show us – and others – where we might go next…Sometimes… by looking inward you still find new ways of seeing and being, and communicating. Draw-Down-The-Walls films do all that and much, much more.”-Glenn Patterson, ‘Invisible Barriers: Moving Images’ publication, 2016
Zhenia Mahdi-Nau with Peter Richards (GTG) a nd Secretary of Department of Irish Affairs
Glenn Patterson and Ruth Graham from Golden Thread Gallery
Launch of Invisible Barriers…Moving Images… publication
‘Invisible Barriers: Moving Images’ is one of 7 ‘Creative Belfast’ projects funded through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council in 2015.
‘Invisible Barriers: Moving Images’, was developed by ‘Draw Down the Walls’ – a partnership between North Belfast Interface Network, Lower Shankill Community Association and Golden Thread Gallery. The project enabled over 100 individuals across five groups to come together and use film to get their voices heard in their own communities and also by the people who make decisions that affect them. For many groups this was their first interaction with a creative art form.
Participating groups in the programme included Marrowbone Youth Club, Lower Shankill Youth Project; Lower Shankill Adults; Golden Thread Gallery Summer School and the Participation and Practice of Rights organisation’s Right to Work, Right to Welfare campaign.
Copies available at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast.