Eye-catching artwork creates a vibrant feel

Some of the youngsters involved with the project with Simon Crosthwaite and Andrew Howstan, who both represent Homes for Northumberland.
Some of the youngsters involved with the project with Simon Crosthwaite and Andrew Howstan, who both represent Homes for Northumberland.

Colourful pieces of new artwork, which have been created by youngsters to celebrate aspects of Alnwick, have taken pride of place in the town.

The four boards, featuring images such as the war memorial and nearby Column Field, have been installed on Greenwell Lane.

The Alnwick Gallery Youth Project initiative aims to give the area a vibrant feel and encourage youngsters to feel positive about the community.

A group of around seven young people worked with Rothbury-based urban artist John Craggs to produce the eye-catching pieces of art.

Sue Patience, development worker at Gallery Youth, said: “The artwork brightens up the area and we have had some really good feedback.

“The boards are themed around where young people hang out and what’s important to them.

“There is the war memorial to tie in with the First World War commemorations, the Column Field, the Five Arches viaduct and a cycle-track-themed board.”

The project was funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Action Fund and supported by Homes for Northumberland.

It is a follow-on from the six pieces of artwork, reflecting Alnwick’s cultural heritage, which are at Alnwick bus station, having been unveiled in 2013. A different group worked on each project.