Youth workers given grant for town graffiti campaign

PUBLISHED: 08:00 24 October 2015

Middle Lane Clevedon Karen Pike youth worker  with youth club members by the graffiti.

Middle Lane Clevedon Karen Pike youth worker with youth club members by the graffiti.

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A graffiti-covered wall in Clevedon is the focus of a new community art project.

Foreal youth workers at the Barn in Great Western Road have been given a £2,500 grant to clear a wall, known locally as the back wall, in Middle Lane of graffiti.

Staff are looking to work with young people to clear the wall of graffiti before working with a street artist to create a new design which they can take ‘pride’ in.

Karen Pike, youth worker, said: “Youth workers will encourage young people to give views forward of what images represent Clevedon to them. These ideas will then form the piece of artwork that is designed for the wall.

“There is no design yet agreed but we are pretty certain that it will be bold, colourful and fun.

“There is always a chance that the wall will continue to be tagged or graffitied. But we are hoping to minimise this by using detached youth workers to gain ideas from young people that don’t use youth organisations, and those that have potentially been involved with graffiti, in the hope it will create ownership and pride when their views are represented on the piece that will finally be painted on the wall.”

The money for the project was awarded by the Police Community Trust and Sue Mountstevens, Avon and Somerset’s police and crime commissioner, says the scheme is a ‘fantastic’ idea.

She said: “It’s a fantastic initiative encouraging young people to be creative in redesigning a part of their local community in Clevedon that has been covered in graffiti.

“I think it’s a great idea to help inspire young people to take pride in their community and I can’t wait to see what it looks like when it is finished.”

On October 29 and 30 from 11am-3pm, youth workers have invited young people to Middle Lane to clean the graffiti off the wall while workshops will be set up in the future for young people to share ideas about the new design.


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