Crimebeat funding for Bangor street art project

Crimebeat funding was recently awarded to West End Academy for a street art project in Bangor.

The project included children from the ages of six and over to learn about street art, design their own pieces and take an active role in creating a graffiti mural in their youth club.

High Sheriff, Gwyn Owen, and former High Sheriff, Eryl Williams, visited the project and were both very impressed with the work being done with local young people.

Well known graffiti artist Andy Birch, also known as ‘Dime One’, taught the young people skills in street art to create their very own designs and to work on a bigger mural piece as well. The mural went on to the youth club’s storage container which can be viewed by all who use the club.

Insp Dana Baxter said: “Initiatives such as this are a great way to bring organisations together to tackle any local issues and build a sense of community pride.

“It’s been great to see the dedication of young people in the local area who have all worked hard to create the mural. This has given them a fun project to take part in over the summer holidays as well as the opportunity to display their creativity”.

Dave Evans, Crimebeat, said: It was great to have the opportunity to take the High Sheriff to see this project and meet the young people involved. They were so enthusiastic about their involvement and they also took the opportunity to speak to the High Sheriff about his work too! On behalf of Crimebeat I would like to thank the young people for their enthusiasm and to Natalie Robb, Insp Dana Baxter and Andy Birch for their valuable work supporting the young people.”