On March 7th Positive Arts was invited down to the grand opening of the Zero Degrees skate park in the BigParksProject at Peace Haven.
the day was packed with skating events along with many other activities happening all over the park with a new children’s play ground, new community cafe, public stalls and educational workshops about the local Archaeology .
Our focus for the day was to paint the back of the half moon ramp and to involve as many young people in creating the graffiti mural.
In total we had over 25 young people taking part throughout the day, below are photos of us all in action with the sun setting on us at the end of a great day!
We have just finished a huge mural along the wall of Brentford canal with the Canal and Rivers Trust. The wall is around 300ft long and was in a very bad state, covered in graffiti etc. The transformation took place over 2 weeks and involved the consultation of the local community and the help of young people from Hounslow (YOS) Youth Offending Service to do the painting. The wall runs along the Brentford warehouse, which can be dark and intimidating to walk through. The bright, light and positive mural has completely changed the experience of walking done the path and has been widely praised by locals. The theme of the artwork takes inspiration from one of the area’s famous former residents; Vincent Van Gogh lived in Isleworth for three years, from 1876-79, and walked past Brentford Dock on his way to the Congregational Church at Turnham Green. His work “The Starry Night” was incorporated into scenes found along the route of the Grand Union Canal from Brentford, as it continues into the Regent’s Canal which winds through London before finishing at Limehouse. Also we illustrated the local birds, fish and mammals found on the canal.
Dick Vincent, Canal & River Trust towpath ranger, said: “This mural was inspired by local people and has turned an old eyesore into a really positive site for the area. We’ve had great feedback from local people. It’s great that local young people and organisations can contribute like this and we’re delighted that they are keen to do more in the future to keep it looking fresh.”
We have just finished a 3 day graffiti workshop working at Occasio House (Harlow Foyer) creating works of art on two walls in there training room using mixed mediums.
With over 15 young people involved in all the stages from the design to finishing the murals.
the concept for the first wall titled “choose your Destiny” was to send a message that the life choices you make decides you own destiny.
the concept for the second wall titled “be wise” is of a fantasy woodland with a colourful wise owl centering the wall.
Autumn 2014 half term we spent the week working with young people from 2inspire youth club and Aylesbury Estate, helping to create a graffiti mural for there Community Garden which holds plots for local residents to grow a variety of food and flaura from squashes to sunflowers and is a place for all to learn about cultivation.
We have just completed a huge mural in Woodcock Park, Brent, working with a group of sixth form students from St Gregory’s Catholic College. The money was funded by local councillors and supported by the friends of the park. The wall was a real eyesore and the transformation is incredible. The locals love the new mural which depicts the park and its wildlife, flaura and fauna in a fun and uplifting way.