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Youngsters take part in creative workshops in Rochford

29 September 2015
Young residents taking part in the Through Our Eyes photography workshop

Imaginative youngsters in Rochford have been showcasing their artistic and photography skills, thanks to a £2,200 funding boost from Rochford Housing Association.

Two creative workshops have captured the imagination of young residents in Rochford culminating in a graffiti masterpiece and photography exhibition.

Watch This Space, delivered by local community organisation Estuary Fringe saw ten young people transform a piece of wall in Rochford Garden Way into a themed graffiti mural.

Participants came up with a creative design for the wall, centred around the theme of respect, before using specialist techniques to create the artwork itself.

Children aged 8 to 12 also took part in Through Our Eyes, led by Hayley Elizabeth Photography. The children learnt camera skills before they went out into the neighbourhood to capture unique images.

At the final workshop the young residents created photo frames for their two favourite photographs, showcased at an exhibition at the Methodist Church Hall.

Both projects have encouraged the participants to make a positive contribution to their local neighbourhood, as well as supporting them to take the lead on a community-led initiative.