Over the years Castleblayney Community Enterprise has proactively promoted and assisted in the creation of a variety of colourful wall murals and the installation of a number of stunning art pieces. Many of the murals were supported under various Peace related projects which involved working with young people and which helped to foster close links with all the primary and post primary schools in the Community. The murals depict activities of local heritage as well as bringing walls to life.
Furthermore they were a way of getting young people to express themselves and to learn about themselves and others in the planning and creation of the murals.
Castleblayney Community Enterprise has also embraced the concept of outdoor art sculptures and have engaged professional artists to create a number of important works around the town. The first introduction began in 2001 when they received a once off grant allocation from the National Committee on Volunteering to engage Smithborough Sculptor Alison Bole to work with them and a number of other voluntary groups namely Blayney Blades, Monaghan Macra na Feirme, Monaghan Youth Federation and Monaghan Community Games.
The resulting sculpture made from Kilkenny Limestone is located on the grounds of the Enterprise Centre.
In 2015 the group made a successful application to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and were one of few Southern based communities to receive funding under a programme titled, “Building Peace Through the Arts”. The project provided funding to engage a facilitator who worked with local people and school children through a series of workshops in designing an art piece, which depicted their expressions of community celebration and the recognition of talent, achievement and community spirit in Castleblayney.
It was through the ideas generated from the workshops that the chosen artists arrived at the Nest, which is a high quality art piece, comprising of stainless steel interwoven with fused glass.