Hailsham Youth Service hosted a Graffiti Art Workshop at the Square Youth Cafe on 13th April, in which young people benefited from a professional graffiti art class, helping to renovate the centre.
Young people were treated to the workshop led by a professional graffiti artist as part of the Know Knives project, which supports young people to make more positive choices when it comes to youth violence, knife crime and the carrying of weapons.
The graffiti artist, who wishes to remain anonymous, has held workshops in Korea, Brazil, Mexico and hard to reach young people in deprived areas all over the world. He states that graffiti art helped turn his life around when he was a teenager and steered him on the correct path to adulthood.
The artist taught young people in attendance at the Square Youth Cafe the art of spray painting and watched on as they created their own compositions in a bid to give the youth centre a makeover, as part of a scheme to promote and reward positive behaviour in the community.
"Young people felt inspired, got creative and had fun making art to be installed within and spruce up the Square Youth Cafe," said Youth Service Manager Andy Joyes. "The aim of the visit by the graffiti artist was to produce positive issue-based art at The Square that not only looks fantastic, but provides young people with a creative voice and make people think."
"We're very grateful to the artist for sharing his tips and tricks to help young people create striking wall art at the centre. Young people really enjoyed getting involved and putting their stamp on the Square Youth Cafe premises - because this is their building after all!"
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