Young people paint the town red… and blue and yellow!

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A city-wide art project co-ordinated by The Corner saw young people take over a Dundee street with their artwork.

The Re-Formation live street art event was the culmination of a project in which community groups from across Dundee came together to express their feelings and passions, inspire the community and create an uplifting atmosphere.

Over the past four months young people have worked with local artists to create designs that represent how they feel about matters that are important to them.  Themes such as equality, diversity, respect, ambition and inclusion are highlighted through art and words, with the purpose of promoting positive mental health and wellbeing to the wider community.

Each group then took over a section of Reform Street during the live event to showcase their artwork, painting the cobbles with vibrant colours and inspirational messages.

Laura Cooney, community learning and development worker with The Corner, said, “Supporting young people to leave their mark on Reform Street in such a bold and inspirational way has been our most ambitious project to date.

“The themes that young people have chosen gave us a real insight into what they care about most.  The Year of Young People has brought a great opportunity for us to work with partners across the city to make such an exciting project happen.”

The project aimed to celebrate and promote young people’s ideas, skills and achievements as part of Scottish Government’s Year of Young People 2018.

It was co-designed and delivered by young people and co-ordinated by The Corner.  Other organisations involved in the partnership included Dundee East Youth Team, Hot Chocolate Trust, Tayside Council on Alcohol, LGBT Youth Scotland, Rock Solid, Young Carers, Dundee International Women’s Centre, Our Community Space (Hilltown), Morgan Academy and Harris Academy.

A key aspect of the project was to offer young people a voice, an opportunity to inspire, engage and empower others to positively contribute to their community and local environment. It has also given all organisations involved the opportunity to work together to promote local services relevant to the needs of young people.

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