Surrey

Finnish artist leads Surrey community art project

Spray painting
Image caption The project involved young people who might have never done art before

A Finnish artist and a youth group from Surrey have repainted a run-down building for a community art project.

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) in Farnham organised the work for Jaakko Mattila and members of the Sandy Hill Detached Youth Project.

The artist and children spray painted the exterior walls of the octagonal hut on Sandy Hill in Farnham.

Mr Mattila graduated at UCA Farnham with BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2001.

'Learn about tolerance'

Tracy Scares, lead youth worker at the Sandy Hill Detached Youth Project, said: "The most important outcome of this project has been the amount of young people getting involved in art who might have never done before.

"Many of the kids have very complex backgrounds and it can be tough for some to learn about tolerance, working together and accepting new people, so this has been great."

Mr Mattila said: "Art, like sport, brings people together: it educates them about cultural and social differences, and can enrich peoples' lives.

"For me, the experience of art - and making it - has been life-changing."

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