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ARTWORK designed by young people has been unveiled on the Winsor Park estate in Beckton. East Potential, part of East Thames Group, has worked with Free Form Arts Trust and Deutsche Bank to inspire young people to make physical improvements to their estat

ARTWORK designed by young people has been unveiled on the Winsor Park estate in Beckton. East Potential, part of East Thames Group, has worked with Free Form Arts Trust and Deutsche Bank to inspire young people to make physical improvements to their estate.

Free Form Arts Trust held workshops with hundreds of young people at Winsor Park community centre over the past 18 months. During these workshops professional artists worked with young people to come up with designs which reflected how they would like their community space to look. A variety of creative methods were used, including photography, film recording and music production.

The final piece created from the young people's ideas is a mural depicting life at the community centre. There have also been new shutters installed with images inspired by the young people.

The new artwork is part of wider improvements to the community centre, which has seen East Thames and Newham Council invest �150,000 in a new computer suite, gym and sports facilities. East Potential is a social regeneration charity working to raise the aspirations of young people, families and other residents in east London and Essex. As part of housing association East Thames Group it is committed to improving the lives of residents and making a positive and lasting contribution in our neighbourhoods.


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Stacy Brown, 14, a resident at Winsor Park said: "I'm really happy with the way the community centre looks now. It looks like an interesting and exciting place to be. I really enjoyed being involved in the workshops and I'm glad that my designs have been used in the art work."

Pamela Gardner, director of social and economic regeneration at East Thames, said: "By getting the young people who live on the estate and use the community centre involved in this work, we are helping them to take responsibility for their surroundings and make a positive contribution to their community.

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The young people's enthusiasm and commitment to this project has been inspiring. Thank you to Free Form and Deutsche Bank for their support."

Alan Rossiter, associate director, public art development, at Free Form Arts Trust said: "We are delighted to see a successful outcome from working at Winsor Park. We enjoyed being given the opportunity to work with the young people at Winsor Park to create artworks that will bring colour and life to the estate. We are very grateful for the support of East Thames and Deutsche Bank in making this project possible."

Kate Cavelle, Director CSR UK at Deutsche Bank said: "Deutsche Bank is excited to be supporting this collaboration between Free Form Arts and East Thames Group.

"This a project will inspire ownership amongst the young people involved, provide them with training and, so importantly, bring the arts to the doorsteps of the communities involved.

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