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Farrans Shortlisted for the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2019

14th November 2018

Farrans, in collaboration with Arts Care, are delighted to have been shortlisted for 3 categories at the upcoming Arts & Business Awards in recognition of our efforts on the Altnagelvin North Wing Redevelopment project in Derry.

The awards take place in January and see Farrans shortlisted within the Cultural Social Responsibility, Staff Engagement and New Sponsor categories.

The Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards showcase and celebrate collaborations between the business community and the arts sector.

On the Altnagelvin project, our nomination recognises Farrans’ use of the arts as a means to develop meaningful connections with the wider community and integrate creativity into the workplace.

Farrans’ partnership with Arts Care began last year when we teamed up on the Altnagelvin Hospital.

Since then, we’ve worked closely with patients and staff from the Western Health & Social Services Board, holding a series of visual art and creative writing workshops to create stunning hoarding displays on the Farrans site.

The work produced has included paintings and poetry by The Old Library Trust Dementia Friendly Group, collages of children’s work produced by the Children’s Day Care Clinics and silk paintings created by the Strabane Mental Health Group.

Emma Murphy, Farrans Site Secretary at Altnagelvin, who attended some of the workshops described it as both inspirational and touching.

“To see how art has brought people with various health afflictions together was really quite special,” Emma said.
“They were able to tell their story through their art and they were given the devices to express themselves through creativity”.