Portsmouth Cathedral is festooned with colourful bunting to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – with a little help from art and design students at City of Portsmouth College.

Jubilant college art students are quick on the draw

Art students from across the College were keen to get involved in the two-day community event called The Big Draw, including full-time Level 1 and 2 art students, adult creative community learners and numerous imaginative illustrators from the College’s foundation learning department.

They were joined by pupils from St Jude’s Church of England Primary School for student-led bunting design sessions.

The event was organised by the College and the Cathedral to support the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Other themes included the Queen’s Green Canopy (a nationwide drive to plant trees in her honour), sea pollution and International Dot Day, celebrated by people of all ages to release creative potential.

A badge-making station was also set up so participants could create art they could take home.

“I’ve never been in a cathedral and it’s interesting because the space has a really calming feel to it,” said Level 1 Pathway to Art and Design student Harmony Ordish, aged 18.

“It’s been an enjoyable project. It’s been good for us to show off our work and I think it’s nice we’re showing our support for the community.”

The Reverend Canon Kathryn Percival said she hoped it would be the first of many Big Draws.

“All of us at the Cathedral have really enjoyed hosting The Big Draw – it’s been a fantastic combination of art, creativity, and relationship-building – and at the end of it all, we have beautiful bunting round our nave. What’s not to like!

“We have all been so impressed by the quality of the art and design work – and by all the thought and concentration that has gone into the project. Just passing through the Cathedral and seeing that focus and care going into their work was wonderful.”

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  • Date 24/05/2022