Sydenham Court Lantern Light Project


Lantern Light – Intergenerational Project was initiated and developed by Paula Campbell, Community Art Consultant.

This innovative Intergenerational art project involved new partnership working between Belfast Print Workshop, Ashfield Boys High School, Sydenham Court and Mullan Mews; introducing printmaking techniques to teenagers and older people living in Belfast.

Ashfield Boys’ High School and older people from Clanmil Independent Housing schemes collaborated to learn new skills in screenprint, monoprint, linocut and collage and saw the creation of handprinted paper lanterns for Culture Night in addition to a colourful suite of lanterns for display in Belfast City Hall in the lead up to Christmas.

Building on the success of this, the group then jointly created a series of screenprinted ‘Teabots’ – a hybrid robot / teapot.

Some of these adorable and subversive little hybrids are included in a specially commissioned calendar for 2014 to celebrate the closing of the project.

In addition, a series of 12 editioned screenprints are currently on display in Sydenham Court.   A celebration showcase event at the end of the project saw all the participants, families, staff and carers gather to enjoy the good work created during the project.

All the partners are keen to work together in the future and new projects are already being developed to strengthen the bond between these generations.

Funding was secured from Big Lottery - Culture for All and the Department of Social Development to run the idea during the Summer and Autumn months in 2013.