Hitchin estate brushes up on art skills for project

PEOPLE living on an estate are brushing up on their art skills for a community project with a difference.

The Generation Arts Project is drawing in the crowds, with older residents and teenagers from Hitchin’s Westmill Estate coming together to produce art for an exhibition.

It’s all part of a bid to encourage understanding and break down perceptions between different generations of people living on the estate.

Led by two youth art workers, those involved will create portraits in a variety of different mediums, including photography, stencilling, printing, painting and digital media.

Nicola Pearson, neighbourhood development officer at North Hertfordshire Homes, said: “We recognise some of the young people from previous art projects so it will be great to see how intergenerational thinking influences this artwork – and to see the reactions of residents from across the estate.”

The GAP project is a joint initiative between North Herts District Council, North Hertfordshire Homes and other community safety groups and organisations.

The exhibition will be held at the Westmill Lawns on December 10.