YOUNGSTERS called the shots at a visual arts extravaganza to help celebrate a youth centre’s first year in action.

Members of Blackburn’s Youth Zone took part in six weeks of urban art workshops formed around their own ideas.

Their hard work culminated in a grand finale showcase at the Jubilee Street centre which saw 80 youngsters perform two shows to packed audiences of 300.

The eight-to-19-year-olds learned to beatbox, spraypaint and create their own music videos as well as learning music production, working with artists from around the country.

Their talents were encouraged by Darwen-based company Crown Paints, who loaned them factory space at its site on Hollins Road.

Boxes donated from The Cardboard Box Company were used to project videos and images as part of an innovative multimedia installation.

Jack Kelly, 16, stole the show with his beat-boxing duet with industry-renowned ‘voice sculptor’ Jason Singh.

Sarah Johns, head of support at the centre said: “The shows really demonstrated all their hard work over the last few weeks.

“Giving them an opportunity to learn new and build upon existing skills really boosted their confidence and will act as great assets to them in the future.”

For more information about the youth zone, ring 01254 292000.