Mural Art – Youth take on the Graffiti

Starting early in early May members of Waterford Youth Arts with professional artists and help from Waterford Civic Trust are embarking on a novel project which aims to counter the vandalism of mindless graffiti on our city’s buildings. The project will see teenagers working closely with professional artists to come-up with suggestions for murals and for these murals to get mounted on various walls around the city.

Supported by the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund through Waterford City Council’s Environment Services Section the murals will brighten the City and hopefully spread a positive message about how we want our city to be seen. Speaking to the paper today Ollie Breslin who works with WYA had this to say about this project “In the last few years WYA have moved into visual art through running Saturday morning art workshops for 6 – 12 year olds. It was our intention to gradually move the art workshops to include teenagers but through this project it happens quicker. We are very excited about this project as it is a new departure for us and the work will be seen throughout the City.”

WYA have a number of young people already interested but they would love to hear from other young people aged 13 years – 19 years who are interested in art and painting. To get involved all you have to do is put your name and details into WYA at their centre in The Arch, Barrack Street, places are free of charge but numbers are limited so book early. The three artists involved are: Tom Casey, Clare Scott and Anthony Mackey.

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