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  • Nikki Latham

Portsmouth International Port's Artwork Shows "Together We Can" To Combat Climate Change

Working with Aspex, artist Peter Driver and The Flying Bull Academy, Portsmouth International Port has collaborated on artwork, which is now displayed on a 13 metre long billboard, just outside the Port.

On display until the end of the month, it was unveiled earlier this month, to inspire residents and passenger passing through the port to make positive changes to help tackle climate change. Portsmouth International Port has bold plans to tackle emissions and carbon, and aims to be net carbon neutral by 2030, and become the UK's first zero emission port by 2050.

All the participants in the project along with year 5 of the Flying Bull Academy.

Picture Credits: Portsmouth International Port/Strong Island Media

As a municipal port, owned by the people of Portsmouth, they have an obligation to ensure that their success doesn't have a detrimental effect on local people living nearby.

Over the past two months, the collaborative artwork has been put together with Aspex, Peter Driver and year 5 children at The Flying Bull Academy, which is less than 500 metres away from the port.

From left to right: Gareth Colwell, marketing officer at Portsmouth International Port, Harrier Carr, education lead at Aspex Portsmouth; Sophie Almond, marketing and communications manager at Aspex Portsmouth; Peter Driver, artist; Cllr Suzy Horton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Portsmouth City Council, and Jo Bushnell, director of Aspex Gallery.

Picture Credits: Portsmouth International Port/Strong Island Media

The project kicked off during Portsmouth City Council's Aspiration Week, designed to make the children look towards the future. The research included a bus tour of the port and neighbouring Portico, then a print making workshop at the school, led by artist, Peter and supported by Aspex. The children learnt printing techniques and then produced the artwork about sustainability and climate change, before being incorporated into one large billboard poster, placed on Mile End Road, until the end of March.
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