Budding Banksys needed for Tour de France mural

Young people have a chance to win a grandstand view of the Tour de France Grand Départ, by demonstrating their artistic flair on a giant graffiti wall in Leeds.

To celebrate the Tour de France Grand Départ 2014 starting in the city, Leeds City Council’s Breeze team have organised the ‘Hit the Wall’ project which will see a giant graffiti wall created adjacent to the West Yorkshire Playhouse - on the route the cyclists will take on Saturday 5 July.

As part of the project young people aged 11 and over are being asked to come along to share their artistic ideas for the wall at workshops being held as part of The Fly Market at Leeds Corn Exchange on Saturday 21 June between 1pm and 5pm.

The best ideas at the Fly Market will go into a draw for five pairs of tickets for seats in the grandstand on the start line of the historic race. There will also be spot prizes on the day of graffiti art materials to inspire the youngsters to continue creating great art work.

To help focus the young people’s ideas and shape their contribution to the whole work, there are a number of themes which the youngsters will be asked to focus on:

• Speed

• Power

• Endurance

• Commitment

There will be workshop artists on hand to help the young people transfer their ideas on to canvas.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member responsible for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said:

“This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of something amazing. I would encourage everyone to get creative and see what a wonderful piece of art we can create to celebrate the world’s largest annual sporting event coming to our city.

“The Tour de France theme will also enable the young people to consider the commitment and dedication it takes to be a top class athlete like the cyclists coming to Leeds next month.”

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children and families said:

“We have loads of talented young people in Leeds so this project will be a great opportunity to showcase their creativity and inspire other young people. As part of our pledge to be a child friendly city, we want our children and young people to raise their aspirations and have the opportunity to experience fantastic events like this.”

For further information about project please see: www.breezeleeds.org/hitthewall


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