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Following successful tours by young actors from Shatila Camp in 2009 and 2011, a Shatila Theatre Trust has been set up on Tyneside, registered charity number 1140658

The Trust encourages cultural exchanges between artists of the North-East of England and the young people of Shatila Camp.

In late November 2012, the two North Tyneside street artists, Faye Oliver and Anthony Downie went to Shatila to live and to work on the camp with the young people to create colourful murals with spray paint – they worked with about 75 young Palestinians to transform a drab and dreary space into a vibrant and uplifting area for the community to benefit from and that the young people felt a sense of ownership over. They taught the young people spray painting techniques and hope to have inspired young people over there to embrace their creative side. The only open space that the camp has is now buzzing with colourful artwork covering the outside walls created by the children of Shatila.

Below are photos of some of the finished artwork, to check out the progress of how the project went click on this.

Anthony Downies drawing from his window in Shatila whilst he was there doing the street art project in November 2012

July 31st 2012 saw the arrival in North Tyneside of a group of 10 children and 3 teachers who started the 2012 Shatila Street Art Project.  The project was led by young North Tynesiders Faye Oliver and Anthony Downie, both experienced exponents and teachers of Street Art. On the visit to North Tyneside the children had sketching sessions in a Whitley Bay shop in the town centre and learned spray painting techniques at Linskill Centre with the 2 street artists where they produced large murals on boards that are now mounted up on display at Tynemouth Metro Station. They also contributed to the international Graffiti Wall at the Sage, Gateshead and created a psychedelic colourful mural on the outisde wall of The Trojan Rooms in Whitley Bay.

Please check out our progress on The Shatila Street Art Project UK Visit for Day1Day2Day3Day4Day5Day6 …

In The Journal 2nd August 2012, to read full article click link…

The finished mural by the Shatila Youngsters mounted at Tynemouth Metro Station.