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Graffiti Lawyers make a mark

Bryce Davies takes pupils on a tour of graffiti sites

Youngsters from across South Wales passed a new mock law on graffiti art at Wales’ Senedd building as part of a University residential summer school.

The Year 12 pupils took part in a debate on the issue in the Old Assembly Chamber under Presiding Officer Lord Ellis Thomas. Assembly Members were also on hand to guide the students through the debating process.                                      

Earlier the pupils had toured official graffiti sites around Cardiff with artist Bryce Davies before deciding how the law on street art should be changed. They have also had talks with legal experts on Freedoms and Street Art.

The tour and the mock debate aimed to familiarise the youngsters with the law-making process as part of a three-day Summer School run by Cardiff Law School, as part of the Step-Up schemes. The pupils, from schools in Aberdare, Barry, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Porthcawl, Port Talbot and Swansea,  also had a discussion with Assembly journalists Elin Gwilym from the BBC and Martin Shipton of the Western Mail.