UCL News


Local youth art unveiled

28 March 2006

Last Thursday saw the unveiling of work created in the 12-week Spray ARt! project, a collaboration between UCL Union's Voluntary Services Unit and Holborn Youth Project, a local community organisation.

Spray ARt! The Spray ARt! initiative was set up under the VSU's Innovations Programme, in which UCL students set up and run exciting new community projects. The remit of Spray ARt! was to work with young people from a local housing estate, act as positive role models and encourage team-working skills to produce an exhibition of street art.

UCL students Ben Nathan, Bahvesh Hargovan-Lalloo, Cecilia Siu Wing Sze, Charlene Jennett and Chinonye Onyeocha all gave their time to the project. During the project, the volunteers helped young people to develop ideas around the themes of conflict resolution and culture, formulating them into their artwork. Charlene Jennett, one of the volunteers, said: "It was an enjoyable experience working with the young people and creating artwork with them."

The completed artwork was unveiled last Thursday at a special event held in the Holborn Tenants' Association Hall, where the project took place.

Abdul Quadir, the Deputy Mayor of Camden, spoke at the event, emphasising the themes of conflict resolution and culture, which are of paramount importance to the work and aims of Camden Council.

The event was attended by local young people, their families, members of the local Tenants' Association, staff and youth workers from Holborn Youth Project, other local community organisations, and UCL staff and volunteers.

The artwork will eventually be placed on show in and around Bedford House, Holborn, WC1.

The Spray ARt! project was funded by the VSU Small Grants Fund, Neighbourhood Renewal for Camden and Camden Council.

Image: Spray ARt! pieces with members of staff from Holborn Youth Project, UCL staff and student volunteers