Wythenshawe Young People Create Community Art at Local School

Wythenshawe Community Housing Group’s (WCHG) Youth Team helped to transform a breezeblock wall at local Primary School into a work of art for the community.

Local young people came together through WCHG’s Youth provision, at SS John Fisher & Thomas More Catholic Primary School, and over 5 days in the Easter Holidays turned an unattractive wall into a piece of art to be enjoyed for years to come.

The project was designed and led by the Young People involved and allowed them to express their creativity and talents through artistic work that was inspired by the themes of positive thinking, caring for each other and raising aspirations to be the best you can be.

Jason Moffat, a young person from Wythenshawe involved said, “I have never done anything like this before and it gives me the experience to be creative in a fun way.”

WCHG Youth Work Operational Coordinator Joe Amos said, "This project allows young people to engage in something that is not only but fun but makes a difference to the community. It’s been great to see so many turn up in the school holidays and get involved in creating a design that matters to them. It will be a great surprise for the Primary School Pupils to see their work so large on the 15 meter by 5 meter wall when they come back to school’’.

The artwork took five days to produce and young people were able to learn the art of painting murals by working alongside professional graffiti artist Russ Meehan, he said, “These projects are important to show young people there is a professional industry to graffiti that you can make a living from it rather than the stereotypical view that graffiti is negative and always committed illegally."

This project is just one of many that WCHG’s Youth team have worked on this year, through working closely with the community they’ve been able to take on challenges that make a real difference and build on the strong community spirit that exists within Wythenshawe.

Special thankyou goes to ‘C. Saycell & Son Limited’ and ‘AB Building & Electrical’ for their kind donations to this project.