Two new ocean-themed art installations have been proudly displayed at Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park.
The artwork was designed and created by children from Damers First School, who won this year’s Bella Ceramics Summer Giveaway Competition. The children sketched their designs onto ceramic tiles before painting them with studio glazes. The Bella Ceramics team then carefully hand-glazed and fired each tile before delivery to the Weymouth-based aquarium.
The SEA LIFE team mounted the tiles to a display in their Bandstand Bites café and they were revealed to the public on Sunday 1st December at a special reception at the Park. The children and their families attended, as well as teachers from Damers First School, Jo from Bella Ceramics, plus guests Jon Orrell, Weymouth Councillor for the Green Party and Graham Winter, the First Mayor of Weymouth Town Council who declared the display open.
“We are very proud to display the amazing artwork created by the children from Damers First School and Bella Ceramics,” said Tamsin Mutton-McKnight, SEA LIFE General Manager. “Their messages against plastic-pollution and protecting our oceans are close to our hearts and we hope they will continue to inspire our guests at the Park.”
Jo from Bella Ceramics said: “We are so pleased that Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park agreed to display the winning school’s ceramic artwork. We have really enjoyed working with Damers First School and SEA LIFE and we are proud to donate these artworks for all to see and help spread an important message to all the park’s visitors. They look absolutely amazing!”
Edd Moore, Eco Coordinator added: “I think this is a fantastic opportunity for the children to showcase all their plastic free campaigns the school has been involved in over the last couple of years. The whole of Weymouth, Dorchester and the UK can get to see what the children have produced today, and hopefully they might take something from that to make their lives and their worlds a better place.”
The art installations are now on view at Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park.