Teenagers told to get busy with spray cans

Bicester Advertiser: Teenagers told to get busy with spray cans Teenagers told to get busy with spray cans

A GROUP of teenagers have graffiti sprayed the entire wall of a club — but under the watchful eye of two professional artists.

About 15 young people from Bicester have made the wall at the Courtyard, in Launton Road, their own.

Youngsters, aged 11 to 16, were given the title ‘My Perfect Summer’ and then the gauntlet was laid for them to work together to create a mural.

It has been decorated with colourful pictures including a giant octopus, a surfer’s camper van and rockets in space.

The group were given tips of the trade by professional graffiti artists Kleiner-Shames and Patch Plummer.

As well as painting the mural, youths have also designed T-shirts and created canvases using urban art techniques.

The project, organised by OYAP Trust and funded by the Bicester Courtyard Youth Arts Partnership, is part of the summer programme.

Elaine North, team leader at the Bicester Early Intervention hub which is based at the Courtyard, said: “The imagination of the young people and their inventive ideas for the mural has really brightened up the hub at the Courtyard.”

One of the young people taking part yesterday was Jay Spinks, pictured, on his 12th birthday.

The Cooper School pupil from Bicester said: “The whole week was awesome but I particularly liked spray painting and designing my own T-shirt.”

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