Commissioner gets ‘arty’

24 June 2004 News

Northern Ireland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People is getting, ‘arty’, with plans for a public artwork. The artwork will be inspired by children and young people and placed at the entrance to his offices in the centre of Belfast.

Artists and organisations working with children are being asked to submit their proposals for the artwork.

It could be a wall of multimedia screens, a large 3D sculpture, a colourful display of graffiti art, indeed, anything is possible as a piece of public art for the 10ft square space at the Great Victoria Street offices.

NICCY Chief Operating Officer, Barney McNeany said children and young people should be at the heart of any proposal.

“This is an ideal opportunity for children and young people to get involved with an artist, to create a piece of public art celebrating the lives and issues that are important to children in Northern Ireland today,” he said.

“The aim of the project is to involve children and young people in the development of the design and take part in the construction of the final piece. The Artwork will be displayed at the entrance of NICCY’s Belfast city centre offices.

Mr McNeany continued: “We want to invite artists to submit their ideas for this high profile piece of work and are awarding up to £4K for the final artwork installation.

“Not only will the public artwork represent the ideas and issues important to the young people who design and make the final piece, but we hope, the children and young people who visit our Offices will also identify with it.”

Interested artists and organisation can visit the Commissioner’s website on to find out more and download a copy of the brief.


For further information contact the NICCY Press Office on:
028 90 316397

Download a copy of the Artists’ Brief

Artists’ Brief

Notes to editors:

  • Closing date for submissions is July 30th 2004
  • Contact the Commissioner’s office on 028 90 316 396 for a brief
  • The Commissioner’s philosophy is to listen and involve children at every level of decision making – encouraging children to get involved in the design of the public artwork for the Commissioner’s offices is yet another way to ensure they have their say in an important decision.


This is the 10ft square space that can be utilised for the new public artwork at the entrance of the Office of the Commissioner.

Barney McNeany, Chief Operating Officer with the Commissioner for Children and Young People, gets ‘arty’, with budding artist, Niamh at the launch of a new public artwork competition for the office of the Commissioner