31 May 2008
Positive Arts is a community arts company that works with young peoplebetween the ages of 8–18 from all backgrounds and abilities.
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Positive Arts is a community arts company that works with young people between the ages of 8–18 from all backgrounds and abilities. “We are responsible for the organisation and implementation of art workshops, projects and programmes that focus on educational based artwork with personal and social objectives. We have a team of qualified and experienced artists/youth workers who specialise in aerosol/street/graphic based art. We also facilitate workshops using all other forms of visual art i.e. decorative painting, t-shirt painting/design or even more focussed individual art therapy sessions. Our artists are also available to do individual commissioned works such as signs, murals, backdrops, set design and canvases.”
Over the last few years artists have been involved in producing numerous quality artworks on canvases, boards, interior or exterior walls for various youth agencies, youth offending teams, units, schools and lots of other community based projects and organisations. All of their workshops have an important educational element and are carefully planned to address the needs of the young people involved. They believe that it is important to get young people engaged in every stage of their project from the ideas, discussion and design through to the practical in order to maximize their experience and personal outcome. Workshops are an effective and powerful way of getting young people to express themselves through preventative/awareness messages and to explore important issues such as drugs, health, healthy living, social exclusion and racism etc. They are also a great way of engaging young people in constructive, positive and empowering activities where many life skills can be gained.
They have just finished a huge mural on both sides of the Abbey Road footbridge, Abbey Wood, Bexley. This was funded by the Green Chain Walk and organised in conjunction with Gallions Housing Association and Bexley Youth Service. Working with a large group of young people from the local housing estate over the Easter holidays they created a mural dipicting the wildlife and nature seen in London’s green spaces. The mural was opened by the head of the Green chain walk and all the young people involved got certificates for their achievements!
Image: Positive Arts
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