Youth asked to design new murals in Narellan and Elderslie

Narellan Library and Kirkham Skate Park are about to get a facelift.

Camden Council have invited the region’s young people to help design public art murals for the library and skate park.

Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak said the council had allocated another $25,000 to develop the new murals after the success of the two public art projects completed in Currans Hill and Harrington Park earlier this year.

“We want to engage young people in the process of designing art that will feature in places that they have a connection with,” she said.

“These murals will renew these community facilities and make them more welcoming and appealing to people of all ages.”

The Camden Youth Council was involved in the selection of both spaces, which include the walls at the Narellan Library entrance and the Kirkham Skate Park.

People aged 12-25 years, who live, work or study in the Camden area are welcome to join in the concept design workshops to be held in January.

The workshop for the Narellan Library front entrance will be held from 10am to 1pm on Wednesday, January 17 in the Red Gum Room at Narellan Library.

The Kirkham Skate Park workshop will be held from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Saturday, January 20 at the Kirkham Skate Park.

The council is also seeking expressions of interest until November 17 from experienced and professional artists who would be interested in painting the murals.

Campbelltown artist Danielle Mate Sullivan helped young people to design the vibrant mural she painted at Currans Hill Community Centre.

Mrs Sullivan said murals were a great way to create a sense of pride in the community.

“When people see it, it makes them happier and makes them want to use these spaces,” she said.

“We also hope that people who do [graffiti] would have respect for other artists so they would keep their hands off the murals – hopefully it will inspire those who do tag to take their creativity to the next level and maybe get involved in projects like this.

“These kinds of projects allow them to take their creativity to a positive space.”

The new murals are expected to be completed next year.

Artists and young people can find out more information by visiting the Youth OutReach Programs page at camden.nsw.gov.au or by emailing: youth@camden.nsw.gov.au.