Mural reflects Colyton's positive side

Artist Claire Nakazawa with Colyton Neighbourhood Centre participants Paul & Beth with their mural at Day street shops.
Artist Claire Nakazawa with Colyton Neighbourhood Centre participants Paul & Beth with their mural at Day street shops.

A vacant wall at the Day Street shops in Colyton has been transformed from drab to fab.

The community has created a colourful mural that will be officially launched today.

St Clair Youth Neighbourhood Team (SCYNT) received funding from Penrith Council's Magnetic Places program to run a two-year project to increase community participation.

Colyton was chosen as a suburb that needed attention.

The first project included photo-voice workshops, where participants spoke about Colyton through a camera's eye, followed by an exhibition.

The second involved art workshops which resulted in the mural, which consists of Colyton features including Day Street shops and nearby Kevin Maley park.

Independent artist Claire Nakazawa worked on it with young people who attend the drop-in centre and Pecky's Disability Services clients who go to Colyton Neighbourhood Centre each week.

"The mural looks great," she said.

"We had a great time working together.

"Everyone was enthusiastic and became confident painters."

The mural attracted much interest from passers-by while it was being installed last Tuesday.