Youngsters turn sails into festival works of art

PUBLISHED: 14:14 15 May 2013


More than 100 pupils from local schools will be using their creativity to transform old unwanted sails into works of art for the Fal River Festival 2013.

Falmouth University is working with local primary schools, along with King Harry Ferry and Sailtech, to creatively decorate donated disused sails, which will then be displayed in and around Falmouth during the Fal River Festival.

Pupils from five local school: St Marys, King Charles, Marlborough, Falmouth and Penryn - are taking part in ten workshops with Falmouth University staff and student ambassadors to decorate sails donated by local boat owners who use the River Fal.

Holly Cavender, from Falmouth University, said: “Our talented students and staff are really getting involved in this year’s Fal River Festival, with our day sponsorship, Creative Blitz and our fringe festival. By working with school children they are really helping to build up the buzz of expectation for what will be a great time for the whole community.”

Pete Crockford, owner of Sailtech, who donated sails, said: “As a local provider of sails and covers for all sailing boats, I was delighted to find some old sails to donate to this fantastic project and hope that some of the children involved in the project will take up sailing or eventually sail making as a result.”

Tim Light, from Fal River Festival, said “Once the sails have been decorated by the schools we plan to put the sails up all around the River Fal for all to see. Involving children and young people is a core aim of the Fal River Festival and with the fantastic support of Falmouth University and the local schools this will certainly be achieved, to find out more about the festival please visit the Fal River Web site”

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