Big Telly Theatre Legacy Grant

The Big Telly Theatre Company in Portstewart is among eight community and voluntary groups set to benefit from a City of Culture Legacy Grant from the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland’s Acorn Fund.

Supported by the Big Lottery Fund, the 2013 City of Culture Legacy Grants were awarded to wide-ranging quality arts and culture initiatives across County Londonderry.

The local professional touring theatre company will use its grant to support a project entitled ‘Machinations’, part of Big Telly’s ongoing older people’s outreach programme. The initiative will bring together older men who would not define themselves as creative, and support them to use their practical skills and knowledge to make moving sculptures. Each sculpture, made up of suitable scrap material, will have its own distinct personality and will reflect local history, myth and legends.

The sculptures will then be interpreted in collaboration with local community groups, schools or special interest groups and exhibited locally.

Zoe Seaton, Big Telly’s Artistic Director said: ‘We are delighted about this award which will enable us to engage with older men in rural areas on the North coast, as part of an exciting NI wide project.

“Machinations is a unique intersection between visual art and theatre, inviting participants to use technical, mechanical and creative skills to make fantastical mobile sculptures which reflect their personality, history and identity.’

Other recipients of the Legacy Grant include; the Foyle Down Syndrome Trust, Glasgowbury Rural Key Programme (Draperstown), Learmount Community Development Group Ltd (Park Village), Liberty Consortium, the North West Play Resource Centre, Nerve Centre and Guildhall Press.

These projects will aim to promote health and well-being within their communities, help young people to break marginalisation patterns and address rural isolation.