THE first positive urban art wall in the borough has been officially opened.
The underpass between Howdon and Percy Main has been running since May 2012 with the original idea coming from local graffiti artists, who approached the Phoenix Detached Youth Project about getting some legal spaces to spray-paint.
The space is used as a rolling canvas, which means the work is painted over and replaced, and is suitable for painting in all weathers.
Mike Burguess, from the project, said: “The idea is that local young people can take a photo of their art piece, which then can be repainted by others and can be used multiple times and keeps the underpass looking fresh.
“The youth sessions run every two weeks at the underpass with an urban art tutor, where they can learn valuable tips and secrets as to how to improve their styles and art work.
“Currently there are 20 local artists using the wall and over a hundred older urban artists accessing the wall.”
Percy Main Primary School has also been involved in painting snakes on the railings.
Mike added: “We have had lots of positive comments from the local residents about how it brightens up the underpass and gives the kids something to do on a Friday night, and it’s better than how it was in the past.”
Chairman of North Tyneside Council, Frank Lott, officially opened the underpass project last week.
Anyone wanting to paint at the wall needs to contact the Phoenix Detached Youth Project to gain permission at www.pdyp.org or by calling (0191) 258 5806.