King George V College

10 August 2017

Advanced Level Art and Design students from Sefton’s top performing Sixth Form College have transformed a local community centre, designing and painting a mural to brighten up the gardens of the Southport Community Centre on Norwood Road.

The Southport Community Centre, home to the Brighter Living Partnership, Sefton CVS and St. Simon & St. Jude’s, commissioned Art students from King George V College to create a mural for everyone in the local community.

The project was funded by the National Lottery’s ‘Celebrate’ fund, a scheme which offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 to community groups so that they can hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local community.

The students, led by teacher and Course Leader Hannah Brookfield, were involved in every aspect of the project; from initial consultations back in November to designing and painting the mural over Summer.

Philip Blocksidge, Southport Community Centre Development Manager, said, “We are all absolutely thrilled by the students' stunning garden mural. This mural will form the centrepiece of our Big Summer Garden Party here on August 16th. 

“The  vision and dedication of KGV students, plus all the time & energy Hannah has personally  put into this mural,  has enabled  Sefton CVS to deliver in full on its 'Celebrate England' National Lottery project.”

The mural will be showcased to the public for the first time during the Community Centre’s annual Big Summer Garden Party on 16 August from 12 – 3pm.

The return of the Big Summer Garden Party, which promises to be bigger and better than ever, will bring together the Southport community with free picnic food, music and giant garden games. Locals can get involved with fun activities like planting an old welly or relax on giant beanbags and blankets.

View the work of KGV Art & Design students and visit the Summer Garden Party at the Southport Community Centre on Wednesday 16 August.

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