Stroud Town Council is extending its successful street art workshops after receiving National Lottery funding.
So far the Town Council has run six workshops for 12-17-year-olds with all of them fully booked. The events give young people a chance to try out graffiti-based art and learn a new skill.
Now, thanks to £3,600 of National Lottery funding, the Town Council is running six more workshops at the Market Tavern site. They are Tuesdays August 22 and 29, Wednesdays August 23 and 30 and Thursdays August 24 and 31. All workshops run from 11am to 12.30pm.
They are free to young people who live in Stroud parish and must be booked in advance.
“We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way,” says Stroud Mayor Stella Parkes.
“Now, thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to provide more young people with the opportunity to practice street art with established artists. We have had a lot of positive feedback from the young people involved and people in the community.
“The funding demonstrates the value how such activities as these workshops can create a positive climate for young people to encounter mentoring and to see authority figures in a fresh light. There are many studies which have shown a reduction in anti-social behaviours as a result of such activities.”
Priority is given to young people aged 12-17 who live within Stroud Parish. You can check if you live in the parish by going to the website checker: https://www.stroud.gov.uk/my-house
You can book the workshops on: https://www.stroudtown.gov.uk/street-art
The workshops will be run by Cotswolds-based artist Lee Kirby also known as 3rdEye. He trained in photography in Leicester and began developing his artwork by painting walls, boards, warehouses, and leading workshops with young people within the city.
After traveling in India, Lee moved to Bristol where the Graffiti art scene was exploding and began developing projects in and around Bristol collaborating with Bristol street artists and Illustrators, and developing skills leading workshops as well as creating commissions in and around Bristol and the South West.
The National Lottery Community Fund recently launched its new strategy, ‘It starts with community’, which will underpin its efforts to distribute at least £4 billion of National Lottery funding by 2030.
As part of this, the funder has four key missions, which are to support communities to come together, be environmentally sustainable, help children and young people thrive and enable people to live healthier lives.
National Lottery players raise over £30 million a week for good causes across the UK. Thanks to them, last year The National Lottery Community Fund was able to distribute over half a billion pounds (£615.4 million) of life-changing funding to communities.
To find out more visit www.TNLCommunityFund.org.uk