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Students’ art inspired by William Blake is on show in town centre

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Rachel Searle from the Blake Project, left, with Abbhy Wilkinson, from Loosemarbles, and Chris Formaggia, art teacher at the Regis School admiring some of the art work on the shop in the Arcade.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C140820-1 SUS-140814-164914001

C140820-1 Bog Blake phot kate Rachel Searle from the Blake Project, left, with Abbhy Wilkinson, from Loosemarbles, and Chris Formaggia, art teacher at the Regis School admiring some of the art work on the shop in the Arcade.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C140820-1 SUS-140814-164914001

ARTWORK from schools is showcasing the influence of the most famous resident of Bognor Regis.

The first examples of artistic talent based on the work of William Blake have gone on display in an empty shop in The Arcade.

More will soon follow. They are the result of a link between the Big Blake Project and schools in the town.

The first works on show are murals from The Regis School and large angels made at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.

Big Blake Project founder Rachel Searle said: “We want to display artwork from students to bring it into the town and help to regenerate it. There is a lot of empty glass in the town centre and it is good to fill some of it.”

Chris Formaggia, an art teacher at The Regis School, said: “The kids are very excited about the idea of some of their work being on show in the town.

“It links them with William Blake. We will be including him in new projects.”

The Big Blake Project set up in another shop in The Arcade last year until that was occupied.

The project is involved in the campaign to buy Blake’s Cottage in Felpham and the Golgonooza Festival from September 18-20 with Blake experts.

 

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