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Burntwood artwork installed at Chasetown Police Station

A paintbrush

A paintbrush

Inspirational artwork produced by a group of young people in Burntwood has been unveiled at Chasetown Police Station.

The artwork was installed in the interview room at the station yesterday (December 17) at 4pm and forms part of the Morph4us community arts project, the brainchild of eight young people from the area seeking to improve their local public spaces and bring the community together.

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

The scheme is led by Positive Futures a project for young people in Burntwood and jointly managed by Staffordshire Youth Service and Lichfield District Council.  Together with Born Communications they are working in partnership with the young people helping them to develop their creative skills and qualifications through the project.

The participants have worked closely with members of the local community through a series of creative workshops to produce some fascinating artwork inspired by the history of Burntwood. This work forms part of wider piece of public art which is set to be permanently installed in the New Year at Redwood Park in Burntwood.

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

“This is an excellent project and a shining example of how these young people have worked together in a positive way with members of their local community.  Through their hard work and commitment they have produced some eye-catching artwork which I am sure people will enjoy when it is installed in Redwood Park.”

The final design will encompass a collage of images and illustrations provided by the local community depicting the past and present and showing how the area has changed.

Natasha Turberville, Senior Youth Worker involved with the project added:

“I am extremely excited about the Morph4us Project. I feel that it’s important for us to bring young people and the community together to try and challenge some of the negative perceptions that they have of each other, and that by working together they will have an improved understanding of the issues that they each have with anti-social behaviour.”

Anyone who would like more information on the Morph4us Project can visit the website at www.morph4us.com.

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