Inspired by 2012 – Children’s banners line Weymouth seafront
Dazzling new banners designed by schoolchildren lined Weymouth’s seafront and harbourside through Summer 2013.
The 36 banners - Inspired by the town’s success as an Olympic venue in 2012 - were the result of a partnership between the Borough Council and ScreenPLAY.
More than 100 children aged 8-11 worked on the designs which are all about holiday activities.
Artists Heidi Steller and Sharon Hayden worked with classes at Beechcroft St Pauls Primary, Westfield Arts College, the Isle of Portland Aldridge Academy’s Underhill campus and St Johns Primary School creating half size versions of the banners while Alastair Nisbet worked with groups on photography and digital imaging.
Project co-ordinator Alastair Nisbet said: “We wanted the children to show some of the fun things they enjoy on the beach and at the seaside - swimming, boating, making sandcastles, riding donkeys, beach cricket, flying kites and much more. They are about the fun of being on holiday in Weymouth and we think they will look wonderful lining the seafront. We think it's a great example of an arts project helping to promote the town. ”
Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Tourism and Culture brief holder Cllr Ian Bruce added: “These pieces of art produced by local schools will be a fantastic addition to Weymouth’s already spectacular seafront.
“This is a great opportunity to showcase some of our young talent. The banners will resemble some of the ‘look and feel’ elements we had in the borough last summer.
“I would like to congratulate all the pupils, teachers and artists for their great work.”
The project has been awarded the “Inspired by 2012” mark by the Cabinet Office for its contribution to the country’s Olympic legacy.