1851 Trust Mural Revealed
The art project was a celebration of the maritime heritage of the Solent and its communities.
Seventy two young people from six schools in Portsmouth and Ryde IOW, painted images from the famous stretch of water on the hoardings of the construction site at the new Ben Ainslie Racing headquarters.
The mural was part of the October celebrations for the launch of the 1851 Trust, a new charity that Ben Ainslie Racing support through a number of areas, including hosting a Visitor Centre at their new headquarters building. Six local schools (St Jude’s Church of England School, Park Community School, Admiral Lord Nelson School, Charter Academy, Ryde School, Ryde Academy) participated, with children ranging in age and ability from primary to GCSE students.
It’s taken almost a month for the weather to provide enough of a dry spell to get the finishing touches and a protective coat of varnish on the mural, but finally this week the covers were removed and the finished work was revealed to the world.
The painting was coordinated by local arts and media company, Strong Island, based in Southsea, with help from renowned local street artists James Waterfield and Dharma 77, and the internationally recognized My Dog Sighs. Waterfield painted the background skyline and seascape scene stretching across the Solent from Ryde on the Isle of Wight, to Portsmouth.