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Before I Die was project run by the MAC to engage young people in Belfast in the global 'Before I Die' Project.

Details

A 4-sided chalkboard wall was created and installed in St. Anne’s Square by over 20 young people from all across Belfast, working with local artist Charlie Bosanquet.

Inspired by the work of American artist Candy Chang, the wall allowed members of the public to complete the stencilled sentence, “Before I Die I want to…”.

BELB Senior Youth Worker Stuart Kennedy said, “This is a fantastic way of engaging young people through the arts and giving them a platform to talk about what is important to them in their lives. These young people from North, East, South and West of the city have really come together to create Before I Die and have got a huge amount of satisfaction from seeing the public’s reaction to it.”

Young person writing on the 'Before I die' wall outside the MAC

Who is it for?

The MAC engaged with youth and community groups from all over Belfast to take part in the 'Before I die...' project

Over 900 members of the public contributed to the work over five days during summer 2014, sharing their hopes, dreams and aspirations.

How it works

A 4-sided chalkboard wall was created and installed in St. Anne’s Square by over 20 young people from all across Belfast, working with local artist Charlie Bosanquet.

Inspired by the work of American artist Candy Chang, the wall allowed members of the public to complete the stencilled sentence, “Before I Die I want to…”

Further Information

Before I Die was a global public art project, inviting people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in a public space.

Originally created by artist Candy Chang on an abandoned house in her neighbourhood in New Orleans after she lost someone she loved.

More than 400 walls have been created in over 25 languages and in over 60 countries, including Kazakhstan, Argentina, China, Italy, Israel, Thailand, and South Africa.

The MAC’s Learning and Participation officer Ciaran McQuillan said “This brilliant art project was created by young people from the BELB Equality and Diversity Unit and MAC artist Charlotte Bosanquet, so it’s their achievement. We at the MAC are so proud of their work we had no hesitation in placing Before I Die right outside our front door. The public reaction has been incredible.”

The exhibition was located in St. Anne’s Square in June-July 2014.