Art & design students have created a set of bold new murals in support of Hilsea Lido’s 85th anniversary.

Group photo of Highbury College's Level 2 students and Hilsea Lido staff in front of one of the murals

The group of Level 2 UAL Diploma in Art & Design students first started the project earlier this year and based their overall inspiration Hilsea Lido in the 1930s.

Level 2 UAL Diploma in Art & Design student Billy Herne said: “I got this idea from Banksy, the one with the cracked wall, but the inside has Hilsea Lido in it. I thought this was a really useful project because it’ll help Hilsea Lido look nice for when it reopens. It took me a long time to complete but I enjoyed doing it. I’m happy with what I came up with – it was a good experience.”

This is just one of many live projects our art students have had the chance to work on with real clients throughout their course and the College is proud of its strong ties with the local community. Students are also offered plenty of opportunities to exhibit their work in public, including our annual Highbury College Creative Showcase.

Lead Volunteer and Trustee at Hilsea Lido Helen Downing-Emms said: “Hilsea Lido is a community project and is very much about everybody getting involved. Highbury is very local to the Lido and this art project had a good combination of youth and enthusiasm.

“It’s great the students are learning about Hilsea Lido. They are putting effort into their learning about a local facility, which is helping them with their coursework. They’re also helping a community project to improve its look and it will excite our visitors when they see the fantastic artwork that’s being produced.”

Art Tutor Penny Clifford said: “Our students have worked very hard and have come up with some amazing artwork. I’m very proud of them and it’s great their work will also be benefiting Portsmouth’s community. It’s really important for students to tackle real-life projects as part of their coursework and Hilsea Lido’s 85th anniversary presented the perfect opportunity. Thanks to the team at Hilsea Lido for allowing our students to contribute and for supporting their emerging talents.”

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  • Date 08/07/2020