Strathfoyle youths get creative with new murals

Young people from the Enagh Youth Forum in Strathfoyle pictured during the creation of their recent graffiti mural project. (1303JC4)

Young people from the Enagh Youth Forum in Strathfoyle pictured during the creation of their recent graffiti mural project. (1303JC4)

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Young people and teenagers from the Strathfoyle area have been getting creative over the past number of weeks removing offensive and sectarian graffiti from virtually every wall within the Strathfoyle estate.

This ‘pride of place’ project is to culminate over the next few weeks with local youths designing and painting two community murals, the first of which has been completed at a NIE Sub-Station within the community. The result is a colourful, visually impressive piece of artwork they can be proud of.

Putting the finishing touches to the new graffiti mural project in Strathfoyle - a project which has helped transform this old NIE Sub-Station. (1303JC5)

Putting the finishing touches to the new graffiti mural project in Strathfoyle - a project which has helped transform this old NIE Sub-Station. (1303JC5)

Eamonn O’Donnell, Youth Support Worker for Enagh Youth Forum told the ‘Journal’: “The whole idea of this was to reward good behaviour in the young people of Strathfoyle. These young people have organised all of this themselves, as well as the clean-up and the bulky lift. For the graffiti project, we employed two local artists who are outside the mainstream to show the young people what graffiti art can be like and how good it can be - when it’s done right.

“It’s all about building confidence and self-esteem of those involved. We find out what the young people are good at and interested in, and we try to develop this into something that will ultimately benefit them,” he said.

One young person involved in the graffiti artwork commented: “Why don’t we do more of this? It has made the place look much better and brighter and it means our artwork is out there for people to see.”

Last week also saw the young people from Enagh Youth Forum, in conjunction with Derry City Council, organise a ‘bulky lift’ of household waste in and around the area which was highly successful.

They extend their thanks to Derry City Council for carrying out this ‘bulk lift’ and working with the group during their recent ‘spring clean’ of Strathfoyle. The entire project was funded by the Youth Justice Agency NI and has been well attended by local young people.

The final wall mural project will take place on Monday, March 19, with a clean up of Enagh Lough planned for March 24.

Anyone seeking to get involved with this innovative project can contact Enagh Youth Forum on: 71. 860377 or find them on Facebook.