Art bridges the gap on estate

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The Cottingley estate is now shining, thanks to a new mural which has been unveiled.

The project has brought young people from the estate, aged 12-19 years old together with learners from community charity Groundwork Leeds, which encouraged them to design a piece of art that signifies what their community means to them.

The art installation is a result of months of outreach work with young people and long-term residents of Cottingley and features on the side of two shops on the estate. The masterpiece is an artistic representation of the neighbourhood, from the number 55 bus to the Cottingley Towers. A Leeds United Football Club badge also takes pride of place on the design.

Nicola Ramsden, community co-ordinator at Groundwork Leeds said: “This breath-taking design takes pride of place in Cottingley and highlights the talents of many local residents.

“We have worked closely with Leeds City Council to ensure that everyone is happy for the artwork to become a permanent fixture on the estate, something all residents can take pride in.”

The artwork was unveiled at a community fun day on Saturday.

The Cottingley Urban Art Project is part of the wider Urban Oasis Project that is funded by Mears, the social housing repairs and maintenance and home care services provider, and is delivered by Groundwork Leeds.

Carol Taylor, customer services manager at Mears said: “This is a two-year project that aims to inspire people to improve pockets of green space on their doorstep through practical activities. “People of all ages live in Cottingley and this project has helped bridge the generation gap. Everyone wants to be proud of the community that they live in and projects like this help people develop the spaces around them and bring people together.”