With a following of over 2.4million on social media, the Graffiti Kings are world renowned street artists and their founder, Darren Cullen aka SER, is the only graffiti artist approved by the British Government.
Now, the Graffiti Kings will work with young people in front of the Knife Angel sculpture, which is on display at Middlesbrough’s Centre Square.
They will visit the Angel at 11:30am on Wednesday 14th August when youngsters are encouraged to visit the sculpture and take part in creating street art on specially developed boards.
Theresa Cave, whose son Chris was murdered in 2003, and now runs the Chris Cave Foundation, has worked alongside the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to bring the Graffiti Kings to Middlesbrough.
Darren Cullen, who was also the official street artist for the London 2012 Olympics, said: “Our experience of working with young people shows us that the creativity of graffiti can unleash hidden talents and help them work together as a team. I’ve used this creative graffiti art model successfully since the mid-1990s and have even received endorsement from the Government.
“What will be great about our workshop in Middlesbrough is that we’ll create art with a powerful message – that knife crime is costing lives and devastating families across the country. I hope the day will have a lasting impact on the young people who attend and will encourage them to think twice about carrying a knife.”
Theresa Cave said: “I’m so pleased that we have the Graffiti Kings coming to Middlesbrough, it’s a major win for Cleveland and will be a fantastic opportunity for young people to engage in the work that we are doing to raise awareness of knife crime.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger added: “We knew how important it would be to make sure we had engaging and interactive activities for young people visiting the Knife Angel, and to have the Graffiti Kings come to the town is a real coup. I’m looking forward to seeing the final artwork.”
Posted on Tuesday 13th August 2019