Mourne Heritage Trust

Creative Mourne (The Big Weave)

Funded by

Mourne Mountains Landscape Partnership (Heritage Lottery Fund)


June - September 2014

Project Description

All 7 secondary/grammar schools in the MMLP area were contacted, inviting them to take part in this project. 4 schools participated.

- Kilkeel High School, Kilkeel
- Shimna College, Newcastle
- St Malachy’s High School, Castlewellan
- St Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel

A Big Weave artist held workshops in each of the schools with students doing G.C.S.E. Art. Students were asked to design their paintings on the unique characteristics of the Mournes. A total of 11 paintings were produced by the 4 schools. Another artist from the Big Weave extracted design elements from all of the paintings and condensed these into 4 unique and colourful designs, depicting Kilkeel, Newcastle, Castlewellan as well as a general panoramic view of the Mournes.

With the design now completed, the project moved into the next phase – the weaving stage. This began in late August and the looms moved around 9 community venues across the Mournes, inviting members of the local community (as well as visitors) to weave a little bit of these amazing tapestries.

The schools resumed after the summer break and the Big Weave returned to the classes that had designed the tapestries and students were given the opportunity to do some weaving.

The Big Weave was exhibited in the Long Gallery in Stormont from the 10th – 21st November 2014. A reception, hosted by Mr John McCallister, was held on the 12th November. All 4 schools were in attendance and each school was presented with a gift of 6 peg looms and wool (in their school colours). The looms will encourage the continuation of weaving within the schools’ art departments.
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