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Teens Make Union Site Their Wonderwall

July 10, 2014

GRANVILLE, Australia, July 10 -- The Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union issued the following news release:

The AMWU's Tasmanian branch have embraced the talents of a local artist and high school teens to transform the laneway side of our building into Hobart's most vibrant new piece of street art.

The laneway wall of the office in Moonah had been a favourite for vandals, whose tagging and graffiti made it an eyesore.

But rather than paying painters to cover the mess, Branch Secretary John Short thought about alternatives which would give teens in the area a creative outlet.

A call to the Glenorchy council opened the doors to meetings at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, an introduction to local street artist Jamin and a beautiful friendship for the AMWU with students at Montrose Bay High School.

The 2014 Make Your Mark youth education initiative led Mr Short into talking concepts with the students and Jamin, which was enlightening for everyone.

"I went and talked to these young people about our union, what we're about, our community values and we found a lot of common ground, especially about bullying," Mr Short said.

"Whether in the schoolyard or the workplace, everyone wants to get rid of it and that became a theme that the students worked on with the artist."

Jamin screenprinted images of Year 10 student Ayla Williams and her classmates, spreading them flying across the multi-coloured wall.

"I love art and wanted to get involved with something positive for the community,"Ayla said at last week's launch of the work.

Mr Short said: "It's a terrific result, we've improved the building by reaching out to the council, the art gallery and particularly our younger people, to make it a real community effort."

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