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Bristol graffiti project to create giant mural

Street artist Mohammed Ali in Bristol

A new art project is being launched in Southmead, Bristol, which will culminate in a giant public mural in the community.

The artwork aims to celebrate the cultural diversity in the area.

A group of eight people, aged 11 to 16, have been chosen by the city council's youth service and Better Together, a local agency.

The youngsters will work with acclaimed Muslim graffiti artist, Mohammed Ali, to design and develop the artwork.

The mural will be painted on a prominent wall space donated by Elim Housing Association and the project will include visits to other areas of the city and a viewing of other examples of street art.

Graffiti artist Mohammed Ali at work
Aerosol artist Ali Mohammed produced this mural in New York

The project, which will be launched at a community fair on Monday, March 29 2010, will also give local residents the opportunity to meet Mr Ali.

Marie Stoner from Bristol Southmead Positive Futures said: "The young people are very excited about this project.

"It is hoped the artwork will leave a lasting legacy of community cohesion, something they can always look at and show the visiting public why they are proud to live in Southmead."

Positive Futures is a national activity-based social inclusion programme for 10 to 19 year olds, funded by the Home Office and managed by young people's charity Catch22.

Bristol Southmead Positive Futures is one of three Positive Futures projects in Bristol.

It is also one of 116 Positive Futures projects, which work in some of the most disadvantaged communities up and down the country.

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