Cambrian News photographer - Penparcau youngsters joined forces with Lloyd the Graffiti to learn about local history

GRAFFITI is being used to encourage young people in Ceredigion to use the Welsh language and learn more about their local heritage.

The Cambrian News reported “Youngsters from youth centres across Aberystwyth, Aberaeron and Penparcau went to the National Library of Wales to learn more about their area before having an art session with graffiti artist ‘Lloyd the Graffiti’ Roberts.

Lloyd is a Cardiff-based artist with 19 years of experience and has been running workshops since 2003. He worked with the youngsters to use imagery of local history as well as Welsh words to create a striking graffiti mural.

Gethin Jones, principle youth officer at Ceredigion Youth Service, said: “We’re really excited about this project as we want more young people to use the Welsh language, but in an informal, fun environment.

“We want our young people to feel more confident using Welsh in their day-to-day lives, as well as learn more about their local area and give them the chance to appreciate the heritage they have on their doorstep.

“Graffiti can often be seen as a negative thing, but it can be a great art-form for young people and we wanted to use it positively, which I think we have with the help of Lloyd” here.

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