Exmouth youngsters' street art signals opening of graffiti wall at park
PUBLISHED: 06:30 11 October 2015
Armed with paint spray cans, 75 youngsters have created vibrant street art on a new graffiti wall at Phear Park, Exmouth.
They worked with local artist Ryan Stuart on the art as part of a joint East Devon District Council and Exmouth Town Council community initiative.
Saturday’s event, which also featured a mini-skateboard competition run by Hurtle skateboards and a circus skills session, was organised by East Devon District Council’s housing SWITCH team in partnership with Exmouth Town Council.
Exmouth’s mayor, East Devon district councillor Maddie Chapman, who officially opened the new wall once the painting was completed, also joined in the fun and was seen wielding a spray can.
Councillor Pat Graham (East Devon District Council ward member for Exmouth Town), Councillor Pauline Stott (East Devon ward member for Exmouth Halsdon and chairman of the Housing Review Board) and Exmouth town councillor Tim Dumper were also on hand for the opening.
Around 200 people attended the opening, which was the conclusion of a project involving young people from Exmouth Community College, who were asked to identify a project for Exmouth with the objective of helping reduce antisocial behaviour.
Councillor Chapman said: “This is an outstanding example of community engagement, which has been acknowledged by the Community Safety partnership as a positive way of reducing antisocial behaviour. All the youngsters really seemed to be enjoying the event.”
Councillor Jill Elson, portfolio holder for sustainable homes and communities at East Devon District Council and chairman of Exmouth Community College Ggovernors, said: “East Devon District Council and Exmouth Town Council (ETC) commissioned Ryan Stuart to come up with a design for the graffiti wall and our SWITCH team has worked really hard with ETC to organise this event, which was clearly a tremendous success.”