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Artist Mat Cole adds logos to the Bios van

Seven months in the making – the BIOS van graffiti wall is now complete

It’s been a project seven months in the making, but finally an artist tasked with drawing graffiti-style business sponsors logos onto the side of a mobile youth centre has finished the job.

It was back in April that Swindon companies were invited to support the launch of the BIOS van by the Swindon-based youth charity of the same name by having their logos stencilled onto the vehicle by artist Mat Cole.

The van is kitted out with games consoles, internet access, DJ decks, sports equipment, a music system, refreshments station, craft activities and information for young people.

It runs 12 youth club sessions each week meeting over 350 young people in parks and open spaces where antisocial behaviour is causing a problem for the local community, encouraging them to make positive life choices, helping them to have a better future.

Seven months later work is completeThe project was launched to great aplomb at the headquarters of Excalibur Communications in Westlea, in the presence of Angus Macpherson, Wiltshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, and Peter Addington, the High Sheriff of Wiltshire.

Project leader Chris Priddy said this week: “Thank you also for your patience. For a whole variety of reasons this massive project has taken seven months to complete – partially because the van has been so busy out doing what it was designed to do – transforming young lives in Swindon.

“We’ve loved showing the logos to the young people and explaining who the people behind the logos are and why they have supported the project.”