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Young Bexley artists touch up Northumberland Heath mural

PUBLISHED: 11:30 02 November 2012

Young artists in front of their work at the Northumberland Heath recreation ground

Young artists in front of their work at the Northumberland Heath recreation ground

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Budding Bexley artists have been refreshing a 35m mural at Northumberland Heath recreation ground.

The artwork features a number of sporting references to reflect the activities at the recreation ground, including football, rugby, tennis and cricket.

Jack Pavey, 11, of Erith, who attends the Danson Youth Centre, said: “It was great to be able to take part in a community project and say ‘I helped to make that’.”

His 14-year-old sister Maia added: “Helping paint the mural was a great opportunity to socialise and learn a new skill.”

In total eight youngsters helped out on the project, ranging from 11 to 14 years old. They were working alongside professional artists from Positive Art.

The mural was first painted at the site in 2007 with the aim of livening up the recreation ground and discouraging graffiti artists.

Cllr Don Massey said: “It is fantastic we have been able to engage the talents of these young people to add an exciting touch of vibrancy to the building.”

To find out more about street work projects visit www.bexley.gov.uk/youth.

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