Community artwork set to be unveiled in Burntwood

Artwork designed by community-minded young people will be unveiled at a special launch event in Burntwood.

Young people from the area have been involved in Morph4us, a community arts project, to design a permanent focal point in Redwood Park.

The aim of the project is to break down some of the social barriers between young people and the community, tackling the existing negative stereotypical image of young people in the area by showing them to be doing something positive for the community.

The Morph4us team consists of young people from Burntwood, with help from Staffordshire Youth Service, Positive Futures which is funded by the Home Office, Lichfield District Council and Born Communication Ltd.

The artwork is printed on three metal monoliths, depicting the past, present and future.  It uses a collage of photographs donated by the people of Burntwood, combined with historical facts on the back of the monoliths.  The final design was originally one of four put to the community, who voted overwhelmingly for the monoliths.

County Councillor Ben Adams, Lead Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture said:

“The amount of effort and hard work that has been put into this project has been tremendous.  The young people have really reached the heart of their community, making sure that both old and young have been involved every step of the way.  The project has gone a long way to address the stereotypical image of young people, proving that they can contribute positively to their community, and create something the whole of Burntwood can enjoy.”

Morph4us will be holding a celebration event on Saturday (January 16) from 11-3pm, where the artwork will be unveiled in its permanent place in Redwood Park.  There will be live music, entertainment, arts and crafts activities as well as a question and answer session with a local historian.

The project has been such a success, that the group are now working on other community art projects, including an installation at their local police station.

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