“Messy Art” Project

“Messy Art” Project Funded by Brit Valley Rotary

“Messy Art” Project Funded By Brit Valley Rotary

Bridport Leisure Centre’s first mural wall painting is now on display by the entrance, created by “OOPSWOW” artist Jo Burlington using images inspired by children taking part in Summer Camp workshops.

“I love the artwork of young children,” said Jo. “Children need to see their artwork up and around their community.”

The Centre’s first “Messy Art” Project was funded by the Brit Valley Rotary Club and the BYPAT (Bridport Young Persons’ Action Trust) Charity, and the images reflect some of the activities that the children enjoyed during the six week Summer Camp.

The camp was open each day of the week and, whilst always popular, “This year we’ve been overwhelmed by the demand,” said Will Thrower, Leisure Centre Manager.

The extra demand reflected the Leisure Centre’s efforts to ensure that their facilities are affordable for those struggling in the current economic climate.

Free places were made available for those children in receipt of free school dinners, with hot meals being provided each day at the Camp. The Centre secured HAF (Holiday Activity and Food) funding from the County Council to make this possible.

“Our intention is to break down barriers to accessing our services,” said Mr Thrower. He stressed that being able to work collaboratively with others had been tremendously helpful and was clearly the way forward. Mr Thrower thanked the County Council, Brit Valley Rotary and the BYPAT Charity, and gratefully acknowledged the anonymous donation that had come from within the community and had helped to make the programme possible.

 Plans are set for another week-long Christmas programme, and discussions are already underway towards further developing the popular Summer Camp for 2023.

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“Messy Art” Project Funded By Brit Valley Rotary

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