A group of Level 3 Year 1 Art & Graphic design students have created inspiring mural designs for Hilsea Lido in collaboration with Seekers Create.

Seekers Create work with young people to plan, design and create heritage trails for the community. Students are offered the opportunity to get involved through work experience that will further develop their skills for the workplace.

Level 3 UAL Applied General Diploma in Art & Design (Year 1) student Hayley Paterson enjoyed the project, saying: “I found it quite exciting to be linked not only to the College but an external, local company that’s well known and we have the potential to work for, it’s really exciting.

This was my first client face-to-face briefing. You got a feel for how you would have to present yourself professionally and what sort of things you’d have to be doing to be commissioned. This project has helped me feel like a fully-fledged artist. I’ve had so many opportunities and it’s good exposure.”

Highbury College is always proud to showcase its students’ fantastic artwork within the local community. This is the second year in a row Highbury Art & Design students have collaborated with The Lido to produce murals.

While working on the project, the students learned more about Hilsea Lido, which first opened in 1935.

Art student and aspiring graphic designer Ash Dickens said: “I found it really cool to be able to look up the history of Portsmouth because I didn’t grow up here. I got to look back on everything that’s happened, which I found really interesting.

I have recommended this project to other people. I was showing people my work and they’re thinking about doing the course now because of the opportunities working with other people and outside companies.”

Clair Martin Director of Seekers Create had this to say about our students: “It was a pleasure to work with Highbury College students on Hilsea Lido mural designs. The students were engaged and motivated and I personally found their work inspiring. The beautiful murals are just the sort of thing our community will enjoy looking at when they visit Hilsea Lido.”

Art Lecturer Suzie Darcel said: “I am delighted to be able to share the students’ mural designs with the community. The students all worked very hard in difficult circumstances during lockdown to develop and finish their designs. I think they are all lovely; they're fun, bright and very colourful - just what we need after the last few months!”

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  • Date 07/06/2021