Youngsters pick up paintbrushes for mural project

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TEENAGERS will be helping give a historic Sheffield arts venue a bright new makeover by painting a colourful mural.

A group of 10 youngsters aged 15 to 16 taking part in the National Citizen Service programme are set to paint the mural on the entrance to the Montgomery Theatre, on Surrey Street in the city centre.

The group will be working with Sheffield Wednesday and charity Art In The Park, creating bright, bold motifs on the walls, currently painted white.

The project, happening on Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17, allows the teenagers to use skills they have developed in the citizen service, which encourages young people to take part in outdoor activities, meet new people and give something back to their community.

After the young people have finished at the theatre, they will be brightening up the Owls’ family stand at Hillsborough, painting more pictures to create an interesting backdrop to the usual matchday activities.

Art In The Park and the Owls collaborated on a similar project in the summer, painting a giant mural on a football court in Middlewood with children from the Winn Gardens estate.

Matt Bray, social inclusion officer at Sheffield Wednesday, said he was pleased with the results of the earlier mural.

He said: “I was happy with the way the artists adapted and worked with the children, and managed to produce a quality piece of work on time.”

Montgomery Theatre has been used since the 1930s for a variety of drama, operatic and musical productions.

It was gutted in the early 1970s and then rebuilt with a 400-seat auditorium.

The mural project is being run in association with the Legacy Trust UK and Somewhere To, an organisation set up to coincide with the Olympics, help ing children find spaces to enjoy sport, arts and cultural activities.