Art on the Path
During 2018, we have been working with art students at Kingsbridge Community College to help raise awareness about the environmental issues around keeping our seas, oceans and coastal environment free from pollution.
As part of ‘Coast Path Explorers’, the South West Coast Path Association supported a creative art competition for all Year 8 students at the college to help improve ocean literacy and tackle topical issues such as plastic pollution. Head of Art Natalie Ryrie said, ‘Students were tasked with designing eye-catching posters communicating the importance of looking after oceans and coasts. Students really got stuck into this project and were inspired by this very current and compelling issue’. A copy of the art brief is downloadable here.
The students' artwork was entered into a competition to win prizes such as a refillable water bottle courtesy of the Association. The winner, runners-up and best entries are now on display at the East Soar Walker’s Hut, and some can be viewed here.
Zoe Durrant's winning picture:
Alex Turner, Education Co-ordinator explains ‘We are currently looking at ways of engaging young people with the South West Coast Path, and this project is a great example of being able to display local artistic talent with an important message about conservation behind it. We want the Coast Path and ocean habitats to be protected and healthy, for everyone to be able to enjoy. The East Soar Walker’s Hut is a perfect location to host the exhibition, to highlight coastal pollution issues, not far from the Coast Path in-between Bolt Head Airfield and Soar Mill Cove’’.
The Walker’s Hut is open for refreshments daily from 10.30am – 5.30pm. Visitors can either park in the main National Trust East Soar car park at the top of the lane and walk down to the Farm yard or why not combine a visit to the display with a walk along the Coast Path? Two are our favourites are the 3 mile Sharp Tor and Bolt Head, or the slightly more challenging Salcombe and Soar Mill Cove walk.
If you would like your school or local community to be involved with a similar project, please get in touch [email protected]