Burnley youngsters cover grey metal shop shutters with colourful murals

Lancashire Telegraph: COLOUR Some of their colourful handiwork COLOUR Some of their colourful handiwork

YOUNGSTERS have been encouraged to add splashes of colour to the shutters of shops on their Burnley estate.

Local artist Mark Cameron, New Palace House and members of the Woodbine Tenants’ Association worked together to help them put positive graffiti on shopfronts of four businesses on Anglesey Avenue.

Residents held a workshop last October and invited local children to brainstorm their ideas for art designs.

Now the fruits of their labour are plain for all to see as a range of images based on local themes now adorn the shutters.

The art work is based on themes including Burnley Town Hall, Gawthorpe Hall and Burnley Football Club.

Julie Cooke, chair of the New Palace House and Woodbine Tenants Association, said: “The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

They’ve put in a lot of hard work, and have helped brighten up their local area significantly.

“As a group, we work constantly to improve the area.”

There is also a recurring Welsh theme, as many of the street names in the area have a Welsh origin, including Anglesey Avenue itself, Cardigan Avenue and Radnor Avenue.

The same children who instigated the ideas were then invited back to help put their own finishing touches to the designs.

More than 25 people were involved in the project.

Mark Cameron, from the Best joined up art company, helped the kids fine-tune their designs.

“We all had really good fun. It was an area that really needed brightening up and the kids have helped do that,” said Mark, from Rosehill.

“It was certainly interesting to watch them play about with the paint. I’ve been working with kids for 20 years and it’s always a joy.”

Two of the four businesses are currently unused, with the other two housing the association’s offices and the Community Link centre.

As well as raising money themselves, Burnley housing group Calico Homes helped the residents gain funding over the past 14 months.

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5:29pm Thu 17 May 12

prince of darkness says...

Well done kids.
Well done kids. prince of darkness

5:35pm Thu 17 May 12

Stuart Farquar says...

Slave Labour
Slave Labour Stuart Farquar

5:39pm Thu 17 May 12

britguy says...

However you try to gloss it up it is still graffiti.
However you try to gloss it up it is still graffiti. britguy

5:39pm Thu 17 May 12

happycyclist says...

Like it.
Like it. happycyclist

5:45pm Thu 17 May 12

happycyclist says...

britguy wrote:
However you try to gloss it up it is still graffiti.
It's been commissioned!

Art.
[quote][p][bold]britguy[/bold] wrote: However you try to gloss it up it is still graffiti.[/p][/quote]It's been commissioned! Art. happycyclist

7:52pm Thu 17 May 12

sen c bl says...

Stuart Farquar wrote:
Slave Labour
Oh look there's one of you and it's a miserable clown.
[quote][p][bold]Stuart Farquar[/bold] wrote: Slave Labour[/p][/quote]Oh look there's one of you and it's a miserable clown. sen c bl

9:52pm Thu 17 May 12

Robbie says...

i think it looks great, it looks better than dull boring shutters, should be more of them.. well done to the kids
i think it looks great, it looks better than dull boring shutters, should be more of them.. well done to the kids Robbie

10:17pm Thu 17 May 12

Wildman2011 says...

One man's graffiti is another man's art.
One man's graffiti is another man's art. Wildman2011

10:35pm Thu 17 May 12

happycyclist says...

Wildman2011 wrote:
One man's graffiti is another man's art.
Not so. Graffiti is illicit and definable as such, whatever your opinion about the artistic merit.
[quote][p][bold]Wildman2011[/bold] wrote: One man's graffiti is another man's art.[/p][/quote]Not so. Graffiti is illicit and definable as such, whatever your opinion about the artistic merit. happycyclist

7:43am Fri 18 May 12

DaveBurnley says...

happycyclist wrote:
Wildman2011 wrote:
One man's graffiti is another man's art.
Not so. Graffiti is illicit and definable as such, whatever your opinion about the artistic merit.
Whatever your opinion on the 'art', the shutters were a blank canvas waiting for someone to decorate them.

At least this was they have been painted in an acceptable fashion and they might stay unvandalised because of it.
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wildman2011[/bold] wrote: One man's graffiti is another man's art.[/p][/quote]Not so. Graffiti is illicit and definable as such, whatever your opinion about the artistic merit.[/p][/quote]Whatever your opinion on the 'art', the shutters were a blank canvas waiting for someone to decorate them. At least this was they have been painted in an acceptable fashion and they might stay unvandalised because of it. DaveBurnley

8:55am Fri 18 May 12

Stuart Farquar says...

Another 'American Fad'
Another 'American Fad' Stuart Farquar

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