Despite the awful weather, the first part of the ongoing ‘Clean Beach’ graffiti project got off to a strong start this morning. The painting, originally planned to take place outside, was held instead in the museum’s foyer. The groups participating on this first day were Tenby Youth Club and The VC Gallery.
The project aims to highlight the importance of the local beaches and their marine life and the modern day relevance of the wonderful natural history items in the museum’s collections.
With grants from South Hook LNG Community Fund and the Aviva Community Fund, the ‘Clean Beach’ panels are designed to illustrate the subject of beach littering and pollution and the problems that it can cause. It is intended to raise awareness of environmental and ecological issues.
The generous funding will also enable the museum to host bookable workshops, to work with the Darwin Centre, to hold talks and walks for visitors and locals, create identification sheets to help everyone know and understand the birds, sea shells and other marine life around them and also to create a display on beach pollution.
Taking part this morning were Donna Wright (Community Youth Worker) and thirteen year old Joshua Fargin of Tenby Youth Club and from the VC Gallery Barry John MBE (Curator of the VC Gallery), Pete Jones (Community Manager), Gemma Taylor, Peter Davies and his son Alex, Danny Reynolds, Paul Clayton, Sally Green and Danny King (Project Manager). VC Gallery board member and Secretary Anne Shuttleworth and VC Gallery pure mentor Mark Shuttleworth also visited to see the work. Working in collaboration these two groups created a vivid triptych commenting on beach pollution.
There will be eight panels in total, with future panels to be illustrated by Tenby Brownies and Guides, St Teilo’s RC Primary School, Greenhill School and Pembroke School.