Leeds City Council’s ‘Breeze Friday Night Project’ and Pudsey in Bloom have come together to produce some new boards for outside the Pudsey Leisure Centre, writes Laura Hobman.
Artist Natalie Kyrkos worked with the young people to produce some colourful boards that reflect what Pudsey means to them.
The young people were excited to have their work displayed in such a prominent place for all of Pudsey residents and visitors to see. They enjoyed using various painting techniques to get their ideas onto the boards, including one or two squelchy feet!
The theme was around what Pudsey means to them and ideas included; the park and band stand, swimming pool, people of Pudsey, fireworks and the Pudsey carnival, and various buildings in Pudsey.
The project took place over six weeks at the Breeze Friday Night Project, which runs every Friday in term time. Juniors (8-13 years old) 6-7.30pm and seniors (12-18 years old) 7.30-9pm.
The boards were up in time to support Pudsey in Bloom’s entry into the Yorkshire in Bloom competition when judges visited yesterday. Pudsey in Bloom is involved with the local environment and works with the local community to enhance all aspects of the neighbourhood.
The group realised that the original pictures were becoming faded and weather beaten and so were looking for a community group to partner with to replace them.
By a lucky coincidence they found the Breeze Project were similarly seeking a partner so were able to join forces on the initiative.
It has been good for the group to be involved in a youth project and would hope that they could work together again in the future. For more information about Pudsey in Bloom like the Facebook page.