Aoife’s artwork scoops award in anti-graffiti contest

CRUMLIN: A ST Joseph’s Primary School pupil’s artwork are to be seen on billboards around Antrim in an outdoor advertising campaign about graffiti.

Aoife Wall’s highly commended artwork entry in the Antrim Council competition will be displayed on billboards and on the side of the council’s own bin lorries.

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Two other pupils at the school - Conor Lenaghan and Daniel McMonnies who produced a rap - also won a prize in the competition organised to encourage school children to put into words and pictures how graffiti can have a negative impact on the community.

The ‘If you think Graffiti is Cool You’re a Fool’ initiative was organised by the Antrim Community Safety Partnership in an effort to remove graffiti in the Borough. It also challenges the attitudes of anyone who may become involved in the activity.

Chairperson of Antrim Borough Community Safety Partnership, Mrs Pam Surphlis, said, “The graffiti awareness project was a great success and not only addressed the physical implications of graffiti but also challenged the attitudes of young people who may become involved with graffiti. It also suggested more positive alternative ways to express themselves through the ‘light’ sessions.”