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Bringing Art into Portishead Primary Schools

Eight artists in residence have been working in Portishead Primary and Junior schools over the last few weeks as part of a public art programme funded by developer Crest Nicholson, North Somerset Council and South West Arts and Business.

DrummingThe school children worked with story tellers, a singer, a drummer, a visual artist and a photographer to come up with ideas based on a nautical theme. A new nautical sculpture is planned for Portishead under the public art programme.

As the project drew to a close Portishead Primary School pupils put on a performance of singing and drumming. The children sang sea shanties and stevedore songs and put on a display of drumming.

Cameroonian drummer Noah Messomo worked with year six children and visual artist Anne Vergano helped children make marine signal flags.

Crest Nicholson spokesperson Liz Lewis said: “When the public art programme started in 1999 artists in residence worked with children at Portishead Primary School to design the railings for their new school. It is great to see that this work is continuing and that school children are learning about the history of their town in an imaginative and creative way”.

DrummingThere are now seventeen pieces of public art at Port Marine including stone sculptures recalling historical events in the town and other works in a variety of metals, all of which have been inspired by things that happened in the town. Further art works are planned for Port Marine in the near future.

A public art steering group was set up in Portishead in 1999. It is part of a 10 year programme and forms a key component of the £500 million Port Marine development.

Issued on behalf of Crest Nicholson by Martin Powell Communications. For further information contact Liz Lewis on (01275) 394400.

Source: Martin Powell Associates.