Could you spruce up Little London?
Towers of Little London
Young people are going to help turn an empty soon-to-be-demolished tower block into the unlikely setting for a massive art project.
Carlton Towers, in Little London, is standing empty as it awaits a multi-million pound regeneration programme due to start next year. But keen to ensure the 49-flat building does not become a target for vandals, West North West Homes Leeds (WNWHL) has decided to let local young people turn it into a temporary creative hub.
For twelve weeks, this empty space will be transformed with a wide-ranging programme of art, sport, dance, music and local pride.
Combining two successful independent youth engagement programs, 'Tackle it' and 'The Urban Arts Program', a 'street cage' will act as a concourse for young people to congregate and take part in various sports. The Urban Arts Program will be providing sessions in dance, DJing, music and art.
Young people taking part will also be leaving a memorable mark in the area by styling a hoarding at Carlton Towers in celebration of Little London.
Working with partner agencies, WNWHL aims to engage hard-to-reach groups of young people and provide a fun and meaningful experience for them and the community as a whole. It will also give WNWHL an opportunity to consult with young people in the area. Little London Arts and CALLS (Community Action Little London and Servias) were keen to be involved and plans to display photography from the past and present, as well as ideas for the future.
All activities will be supported by Positive Activities For Young People (PAYP) Key workers, the Youth Service, Leeds Federated Youth staff, Burley Lodge, Hyde Park YIP, Positive Futures, the Police and West North West Homes.
The block is to be demolished as part of the clearance of poor quality housing in Little London for the Private Finance Initiative Regeneration Programme. Work will begin in 2010.
Cathy Clelland, chair of the West North West Homes Leeds board, said: "This will be a fantastic send-off for the Carlton Towers building, becoming such a creative hub for the community. It will also bring young people together in a constructive and creative way, embodying the spirit of the regeneration of Little London which we believe will breath new life into the area."
For more details on the project, contact WNWHL via their website:
last updated: 28/01/2009 at 17:28
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