FoReal youth workers at the Barn in Great Western Road and young people in the area came together to clear the wall, known as the back wall, in Middle Lane of graffiti before creating a brand new design to paint over it with the help of a Bristol-based street artist.
Money for the project came courtesy of a £2,500 grant from the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens' Community Action Fund. PCC Sue Mountstevens, says she is ‘delighted’ with the outcome.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I was delighted to have been invited to see first-hand how my Community Action Fund was able to help support the FoReal Youth Work community wall art project in Clevedon.
“The artwork is an incredibly creative representation of how the young people perceive Clevedon and it is clear to see that they are proud of the area they live. The bright colours make it incredibly attractive and each piece of the mural is personal to local people representing well-known attractions or landmarks.
“I believe it is really important that we listen to our young people far more carefully as not only are they full of wonderful ideas inspiring us to take pride in our communities, but also as they are our future voices and their views matter.”
The design features the word Clevedon painted in bright colours with nods to iconic landmarks in the town including the Curzon cinema and the pier.
Youth workers at the barn say they have been ‘overwhelmed’ with the positive response the artwork has received from the community.
Karen Pike, FoReal youth worker, said: “We are overwhelmed with the positive response to the finished artwork. We have received so much positive feedback from not only young people, but the community as a whole.
“We were so pleased to find that young people had shown their appreciation by commenting and sharing pictures on social media sites, and have had hundreds of positive comments from local residents saying that not only had it cheered the whole area up, but that it felt a lot safer and they would like to see more of the same in Clevedon.”
For more information about the Commissioner's Community Action Fund click here.
Posted on Tuesday 24th November 2015