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Graffiti artwork by local young people to be unveiled at The Way

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Local youngsters have been working with graffiti artist Neil Willis, of Auniqueart, to design and create a wall mural to commemorate the opening of The Way – Wolverhampton’s new facility for young people.

The graffiti artwork measuring approximately 8ft by 20ft, and adorning the entrance of The Way, will be unveiled at the Founder Patrons evening reception on November 30 to celebrate the completion of the building which will officially open on January 16.

Social enterprise Bromford, one of the founder patrons of The Way, chose graffiti as a project for youngsters to get involved with ahead of the launch. Bromford director John Wade said: “We share The Way’s determination to improve the lives of young people and to bring out their potential. Some of our customers’ children and others selected from The Way have been able to bring their own ideas to the project and work as a group to agree on a concept and design, culminating in creating the final artwork which will be seen by everyone who visits The Way.”

Philippa Gregory, development manager at The Way, said: “This piece of art was very much the creation of the young people and they should be very proud that it will stand for years to come.”

Neil explained his inspiration for getting involved: “I’ve really enjoyed the young people actually getting involved and putting their stamp on the new premises because this is their building. It’s an amazing facility and I think if you put one of these buildings in every county you’d see a massive difference in the young people and in society.”

PagepicThe Way, on School Street, is a £6m purpose built youth centre for the city’s young people. It will include facilities such as five-a-side football, a climbing wall, media suite and cooking area.

“The thing I’m looking forward to most is being able to play music finally. I won’t have to go so far just to create a piece of music. Being in this facility will help me achieve my dream basically,” added teenager Cairo Brown, who is also a Bromford customer.

Kashmire Hawker, 17, member of the Youth Parliament for Wolverhampton, said: “We really tried to go creative and the slogan represents the values of the Youth Zone network. This mural really demonstrates just how far the Youth Zone has come and what represents Wolverhampton really.”

Watch those involved in the project have their say:

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