Despite the rain we had a fantastic day out in Portsmouth and were really proud to be part of this project. Seventy two young people from six schools in Portsmouth and Ryde, on the Isle of Wight, came together on the 13 October for a community art project. They painted images from the rich maritime heritage of the Solent – the stretch of water joining the two communities – onto a mural on the hoardings of the construction site at the Ben Ainslie Racing headquarters. It’s a maritime history that Ben Ainslie Racing will continue from their new base on The Camber, in Portsmouth’s Old Town. The event is to celebrate the launch of a new charity that Ben Ainslie Racing will support through a number of areas, including hosting a Visitor Centre at their new headquarters building. The art project is being coordinated by local arts and media company, Strong Island, based in Southsea. They worked with renowned local street artists James Waterfield and Dharma 77, and the internationally recognised My Dog Sighs on the mural design.
The six local schools (St Judes Church of England School, Park Community School, Lord Admiral Nelson School, Charter Academy, Ryde School, Ryde Academy) were invited to paint the mural.
There were lots of press and media around on the day, including the BBC, and you can read some of the reports here;
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