Creating local pride with hoarding artworks
As part of Sofia's ongoing relationship with neighbouring school Outwood Academy Bydales, the project teamed up with the art club with the brief for them to create designs for the hoardings of the landfall construction site.
Working with their art teacher Kelly Smith, three art club students produced seven stunning images under the theme, “Love where you live”, which include local landmarks such as the Redcar Beacon and Teesside Wind Farm and icons including Lemon Tops and donkeys on the beach.
The young artists responsible for the colourful designs, Year 7 and 8 students Talia Hall, Rosie Gibson and Autumn Duffy cut the ribbon to signify the opening of the ‘gallery’ which covers the hoardings of the landfall construction site.
The artworks will be in situ for the duration of the onshore construction works and are visible to passers-by from the footpath and the coast road.
The Marske-by-the-Sea school is just 200 metres from the landfall where the offshore export cables of both Sofia Offshore Wind Farm and of Dogger Bank C, the third phase of the Dogger Bank Wind Farm, will come to shore. The artworks were installed on the hoardings by construction contractor J. Murphy & Sons Limited, who are carrying out civil engineering works on behalf of both projects.
This art project is one of many Sofia has carried out with Outwood Academy Bydales including student visits to the project's archaeological works, a joint international Geography competition, attendance at careers days and student presentations.