Arts Award Success for Irlam & Cadishead Skate Park Youngsters


In 2013 a group of young people from Irlam Youth Club worked with The Lowry to refurbish some of the graffiti boards at Irlam and Cadishead Skate Park.

The young people, regular users of the park, wanted to improve its look by replacing and updating the graffiti boards along the top of the main road facing Liverpool Road. Working with The Lowry, the young people have used Irlam and Cadishead’s history and geography as inspiration for the design for the boards.

Lowry freelancer Paul Pickford worked with Anthony Lord, youth worker and 11 young people who regularly use the BMX park at Irlam. During summer 2013, the young people attended The Lowry to design and create 15 6ft 7” x 4ft boards. They designed their own font for the ‘Irlam Skate Park’ and included motifs inspired by their local area, for example, a local church window, the canal and other public art work in and around the Irlam and Cadishead area.

The project was funded via The Hamilton Davies Trust, Irlam & Cadishead Community Committee.  Over a year later, the park is still regularly used by these young people. We’re delighted that on November 25th the group all successfully passed their Bronze Arts Award as a result of their fantastic work on the project.

Arts Award offers young people an inspiring arts journey. Each path can take a different direction – from fashion to film-making, from dance to design, from photography to poetry. Whichever route they choose to follow, young people are always in the driving seat. Arts Award’s unique qualifications support young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. The programme develops their creativity, leadership and communication skills.

Open to anyone aged up to 25, Arts Award embraces all interests and backgrounds. Through working towards an award young people learn to work independently, helping them to prepare for further education and employment. Arts Award motivates and celebrates young people’s artistic achievements. Young people can achieve an award through any arts,media or cultural activity, developing knowledge and understanding of their chosen art forms.

Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England working with 10 regional Bridge organisations.