Young and old come together for graffiti project

Workshop Leader Miles Hesketh,bottom right, with Towcester Vision Youth Cafe members doing graffitti work on a painting due for a community launch.'110514M-B043
Workshop Leader Miles Hesketh,bottom right, with Towcester Vision Youth Cafe members doing graffitti work on a painting due for a community launch.'110514M-B043
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THE young and old of Towcester have came together over the last few weeks for a project which will give people a place to graffiti legally.

A series of workshops at the Vision Youth cafe in Islington Road, conducted by professional arts instructors, are showing young people the basics of aerosol art while dispelling some of the anxiety expressed by older members of the community.

Workshop Leader Miles Hesketh with Towcester Vision Youth Cafe members by one ftheir paintings.'110514M-B051

Workshop Leader Miles Hesketh with Towcester Vision Youth Cafe members by one ftheir paintings.'110514M-B051

The workshops will culminate in a big community launch of the art wall later this month. It is hoped the wall will reduce the amount of illegal graffiti around the town.

So far 11 young people and 15 older people have taken part in the workshops.

Towcester pensioner Elizabeth Darbin said: “It proves that even older people can put on a hoodie and have fun in the same way as the young, and if we can do it together so much the better.”

13-year-old Sammy said: “It’s good because people can graffiti on somewhere where it’s allowed and not in places where it’s not allowed and not wanted.”

The project was kicked started by a £4,000 community grant from Barclaycard last year and has since gathered the support of Towcester Town Council, the police and the South Northants Homes.

Workshops take place tomorrow Saturday, June 4 and June 18 at the Vision Cafe between 10am and 4pm.