Just when we thought it was only fun, it captured the ministers’ attention and became famous! Can you guess what we’re talking about? Ireland’s viral art project!
And the more surprising fact is that the artists behind this viral project are young students of St. Brigid’s Primary school in Mayogall. The children drew portraits of the executive ministers that couldn’t resist them to invite the artists to their estate in Stormont.
Here’s what you need to know about the visit!
The Viral Art Project
You may have come to know about Ireland’s natural beauty with less commercialization and more greenery. But do you know that the land is also famous for nurturing some great artists of all time? From Charles Jervas to Douglas Hamilton to the young pupils of St. Brigid’s Primary school, Ireland is home to talented artists.
A few months ago, the viral project by St. Brigid’s students got viral due to their uniqueness of drawing portraits of Stormont leaders. The teachers captured pictures of the artwork that featured several federal ministers, including finance, education, agriculture, etc.
The Face-Off with Ministers
Knowing this, former Education Minister Peter Weir visited the school to see a children’s art exhibition. He was also photographed during the visit, and the picture got viral on social media.
The picture impressed the Finance Minister, Conor Murphy, so much that he invited the children and their teachers to Stormont estate after the ease in COVID-19 restrictions.
The children visited the estate on June 22, a bright sunny day, and met the real people behind the portraits. The ministers included First Minister Michelle O’Neill, Education Minister Michelle Mcllveen, Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots, and Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon, including the Finance Minister.
The children shared their artwork and future plans with executive ministers during the visit.
The Challenging Year Ended on a Positive Note
Sharing their sentiments on the viral art project, Conor Murphy told the media that the artwork had raised their spirits following a challenging year. He further told the press that he had been in talks with the school management since November 2020 after he conveyed his congratulations and invited the pupils to a visit. He was happy the children finally met them.
The children enjoyed the guided tour of the Stormont Estate, including the Bug and Woodland trails. They also made the most of Mo Mowlam Play Park.