Grand Graffiti brings Shefford to life

News – 15  April 2021

A youth hub in Shefford, run by Grand Union, has been brought to life with urban artwork, enriching the lives of youngsters in the area.

Graffiti artist Arkade teamed up with our Community Investment team for the project. The impressive mural, which spans two sides of the community centre, took three days to complete, with young people on hand to help with the painting.

Milton Keynes-based Arkade said, “I’m really proud to have been part of this project. A highlight was getting the kids involved in the spray painting – it’s not an easy technique but they were fast learners. They even helped design the mural itself, which is based on geometric shapes and local wildlife.

“They had a cracking couple of days, learned the power of teamwork and created a vibrant space to be proud of.”

Karen Nicholson, Community Investment Manager at Grand Union, added, “In our team, we’re focused on building stronger communities. We have a longstanding relationship with the talented artists at Arkade Graphics who help us bring buildings to life with magnificent artwork.

“Supporting opportunities for projects like develops great relationships and offers a chance for young people, and adults too, to learn new skills. The youth hub is a lifeline, right at the heart of a key Grand Union community and, at this challenging time, allows us to bring some light, fun and improve a building in Shefford.

“Through their artwork, young people were able to paint designs reflecting the surrounding wildlife. I was lucky enough to even get to have a go myself.”

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