Art students brighten up Town Quay in time for summer

Published: 26th July 2016

Published by City College Southampton

Work is underway at Town Quay as students from City College Southampton have started brightening up the shore side at the marina following a competition for budding artists in the city.

ABP Southampton, which owns the city's port and Town Quay Marina, organised The Urban and Coastal Art Competition project with environmental regeneration charity, Groundwork South.

Children of all ages and abilities were encouraged, along with local families, to create artwork under the theme of 'Southampton on the water' across any style or medium. The creation had to fit one of two categories, 'The Elements' or 'Power of the Sea.'

Before the winning design was chosen, the creations were brought to life at a number of free summer workshops held at Town Quay Park in Southampton and Lloyd Recreation Ground in Marchwood.

The winning design is an artist's impression of the view from Town Quay Marina. Judged by an independent panel, it's now being transformed into a mural on a pair of shipping containers by students studying Level 2 and 3 UAL Diplomas in Art and Design at City College Southampton.

Container painting

Image (left to right): Michael Moore, Shannon West, Jay Martin, Jever Rubrica and Sudhir Sood

Sudhir Sood, course leader in Art and Design, said: "The college was initially contacted by Groundworks about the competition, sponsored by ABP Southampton. As the winning design was created by a seven-year-old, the students were faced with the challenge of taking the artwork and adding it on to a vast panoramic canvas.

“It's a huge achievement for the competition winner and our students, given we've been up against some bad weather. We’re very grateful to ABP Southampton and Groundworks for providing the opportunity for the students to create artwork at this scale, and at such a prominent location in the city.”

Brian Akerman, Town Quay coordinator at ABP Southampton, said: "Last year we installed two new workshop containers at Town Quay, and as they were plain white we thought how great they would look if decorated. The winning entry captured the mix of vessels that can be seen on the water every day brilliantly, and the college students have done a brilliant job jazzing up the area with the painting."

Shannon West, a Level 2 Art and Design student who achieved the highest possible mark in her first year, said: "Being part of the mural's creation has been a great opportunity for me as it's unlike anything I've done before as an artist. I'm going on to study photography and graphics next year, so this experience is a brilliant way for me to use my free time before continuing my career in art. I can't wait to see it when it's finished and I'll be able to tell people my art's here."

The artwork is due to be completed soon, as the students break up for summer and many visitors and residents flock to the Town Quay area to enjoy the weather by the water.