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Dedicated graffiti wall opens at Newport park

Credit: Newport Council

A dedicated space for artists to transform has been opened in Newport.

The new graffiti wall in Glebelands Park will give artists a place to display their works, while bringing a splash of colour to the area.

The designation of a legal graffiti space aims to encourage innovation and creativity in a safe environment, while reducing the level of graffiti in unauthorised areas.

The walls on both sides of the tunnel linking the northern and southern sections of the park, running under the M4, form the legal graffiti space.

Credit: Newport Council

The graffiti wall has been set up thanks to a project led by Newport City Council and ward councillors in St. Julians, working in partnership with Welsh Government and the South Wales Trunk Road Agent (SWTRA), who have kindly allowed their wall to be used for the project.

Councillor Yvonne Forsey, cabinet member for climate change and biodiversity, said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to dedicate this wall as a legal graffiti space.

“We are committed to improving our city’s physical environment, and we also recognise the need to give young street artists a safe area to work in. We really hope that the wall can become a valued creative outlet for our local community.

“I’d like to thank our partners at Welsh Government and SWTRA for donating one of their walls to be used, as well as ward councillors Phil Hourihane and Paul Bright for their support in bringing this project to life.”

The project is part of the council’s work to improve the city’s physical environment, and follows the commissioning of a number of murals across Newport, including those at Harlequin Roundabout.