Exmouth young artists inspire seafront Watersports Centre wildlife mural

Artist Anna Fitzgerald will paint a nature-inspired mural on the new Exmouth seafront Watersports Centre

Creative young artists from Exmouth have inspired a new wildlife mural to be showcased once the new seafront Watersports Centre opens.

Artist Anna Fitzgerald teamed up with youngsters from The Beacon Primary School, Withycombe Raleigh Church of England Primary School, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Littleham C of E Primary School, and Exmouth Community College to create striking images of local wildlife, birds, and the local environment.

Anna, of Gussiford Lane, Exmouth, will use pupils’ ideas to paint a nature-inspired mural at the Queen’s Drive site over the summer.

With construction due to start on the Exmouth Watersports Centre from June 2019, developer Grenadier, says hoardings around the site will have viewing panels, so Anna’s work can be seen as it progresses.

I couldn’t have completed such a big project without the help of the talented local school children who inspired the paintings,”  – artist Anna Fitzgerald

Artist Anna Fitzgerald will paint the new mural over the summer from work created by Exmouth pupils

Peter Quincey, Grenadier property director, said: “We have always wanted the community to be part of the project and to highlight the importance of sustainability, supporting local wildlife and environment, and local talent.

“We were thrilled that Anna Fitzgerald agreed to help us with such a large project as we feel her ethos towards the environment is aligned with ours and this is a project that’s close to our heart.

He added: “We hope the community enjoy the art installation, and we would like to thank the local schools and their pupils who were inspired to share their beautiful pictures with us, which underpinned the final design.”

Anna said she ‘jumped at the chance’ to work on the art installation when approached by the developer.

“Not only could I showcase my work as a local artist, but we had a shared love of nature and the beautiful landscape in which I have lived and worked for many years,” said Anna.

“I couldn’t have completed such a big project without the help of the talented local school children who inspired the paintings, and who I hope are inspired to visit the centre once it opens, and continue painting.”

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