Putting something back into the community was the key focus for Taz and his friends in Todmerden. With the support of a number of organisations and paint from Community RePaint Bradford he was able to do just that.

Community art is a style of art that is growing in popularity. It has a positive effect on communities of all types, brightening up the local area, which is evident in this art project undertaken by Tariel Braisher, or Taz, in Todmorden, near Burnely.

After many years of addiction Taz addressed his issues and felt as though he wanted to give something back to the community where he was living. With the support of conn3ct, a drug and alcohol support service, he began to explore ways in which he could do this utilising his artistic talents. He received paint from Community RePaint Bradford and worked with Art Official, NCS and Incredible Edible to achieve his aims. Taz was also able to get volunteers together from Halifax Youth Services to help undertake the project, decorating a wall at Todmorden park.

The project was done with the intention of highlighting Incredible Edibles work in the Calderdale area, whilst making the area more attractive to the community. It has also enabled young people to gain some ownership of their community while also giving something back.

This is the start of Taz’s ambition; the next project is looking at the Jacobs Well subway and roundabout in Bradford. Working in conjunction with Community RePaint Bradford, Bradford Council and conn3ct, Taz hopes to revamp the old artwork and bring it into the 21st century with a modern feel. The aim is to help highlight Bradford’s positive history. ‘Watch this space’

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