Olympic artwork on display

Local artists pictured with their Olympic mural at English Martyrs school.
Local artists pictured with their Olympic mural at English Martyrs school.

COMMUNITY artists marked the start of Olympic year by completing this fantastic mural.

The group of adult art-enthusiasts have been hard at work for the last eight months on the mural.

The impressive pieces have now been brought together and put on display in the dining hall at English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College, in Catcote Road, in the town.

The work was completed by 16 adults who use the school’s equipment and facilities every week when they meet at English Martyrs community art club.

And they have repaid the school by producing the colourful display to go alongside other Olympic projects.

Jeremy Gribben, director of arts at the college, said: “The group have been working on the mural since about May or June last year.

“They all worked on separate boards which were then pieced together.

“It’s a complicated thing, but it looks absolutely fantastic.”

The community art group has been run by English Martyrs for the last 11 years.

As well as the artists getting the use of the equipment at the school, they have also been on trips to London, Edinburgh and Italy.

Mr Gribben added: “The group did this as a way of saying thank you to the school for the opportunities we have given them.

“But it’s a reciprocal thing, as well as the artists benefiting from the group, the students do as well.

“They look at the group and realise that learning is a lifelong thing, the art group are very much part of the school fabric now.

“We are absolutely delighted with the mural, it looks tremendous and we want to say a big thanks to everyone who helped to create it.”

Anyone who is interested in joining the English Martyrs community art group should contact Mr Gribben at the school on (01429) 273790.