Artist’s call for volunteers to pick up a paintbrush and give some TLC to Abode of Love in Exmouth

A collaborative community canvas on Exmouth seafront is being given a fresh look thanks to a local artist and a host of help from volunteers.

Exmouth artist Anna Fitzgerald, of Gussiford Lane, has teamed up with East Devon District Council (EDDC) to give the Abode of Love – known locally as the love boats – a facelift.

Anna, who in past years has rallied the town with a residents’ art trail and a host of local creative projects, is keen to recruit volunteers keen to pick up a paintbrush and help.

She will be at the site, on the beach in front of Ocean, every Tuesday, from 4pm until 8pm, or she can be contacted direct.

Anna said: “I want to engage with everyone who loves Exmouth beach and uses the Abode.

“Our communities are really creative so we are working together to develop the site by transforming it into a collaborative canvas.”

She added: “I think it’s important that everyone’s voices are heard and I encourage any local people to get involved.”

The council said Anna hopes to reflect the surroundings and marine life in the new mural, including coral beds, rock-pools and sea creatures.

Councillor Nick Hookway, EDDC tourism, leisure, sport and culture portfolio holder, said:  “We know how important the Abode is for Exmouth communities so we wanted to engage them with the evolution of the site by creating opportunities to get involved.

“The partnership with East Devon District Council’s Streetscene team will ensure the area remains safe and cared for.”

The Abode forms part of Exmouth’s 342-foot-long flood defence. The seating area is popular with local residents and tourists who use the bays in a variety of ways.

An EDDC spokesperson said: “Exmouth has a thriving artist community, which artist Anna Fitzgerald wants to harness, while highlighting Exmouth’s rich marine life including coral beds, rock-pools and sea creatures.

“Working together with East Devon District Council’s Streetscene, the team which looks after our public spaces, they will rejuvenate the Abode of Love.

“The result will be an ever-changing collaborative mural, which much like the sea, will change and shift with input from across Exmouth’s different communities.”

  • Contact Anna Fitzgerald through her online gallery, Sea Dog Art, or go along to the Abode every Tuesday, from 4pm until 8pm.

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