ONE of Sunderland’s most successful music exports returned to their roots for an art project.
Field Music asked pupils from their former school, Whitburn Academy, to design a T-shirt which reflected a unique twist on their surroundings while also drawing inspiration from the band’s latest album cover, Plumb.
The winning design, by Year 11 student, Rebecca Ward, was then printed and sold at the band’s recent homecoming gig at Independent to raise funds for The Bunker music project.
The band held the rare hometown gig in a bid to help pay for a new roof at the studios and music development organisation in Stockton Road.
Peter Brewis from Field Music said: “We asked the group to create their own interpretation of the album cover for Plumb. All of the entries were of a really high standard, but we thought Rebecca’s perspective on her local community and landscape, as well as how she captured the album artwork, really stood out.”
Kenny Sanger, managing director of The Bunker, said: “This project is another example of Peter and David wanting to maintain ties within their local community.
“Helping to raise money on behalf of The Bunker with the gig, was a great gesture in itself, but to reach out to their old school and give students the opportunity to experience being involved in a real music industry event, is fantastic.”
Students involved in the project included Jayden Blacklock, Alice Buhaenko, Sarah Kirtley and Estella Gofton.
Ray Rose, art and design teacher at Whitburn Academy, said: “The project looked very exciting and was a great opportunity, so the art department highlighted five top artists across the school who were then given the brief.
“The end results were all very impressive and were displayed in school for the other students to see. It was then up to the band to decide.”
The winning design was chosen by a panel including Bunker representatives, Ben Wall from Independent and Peter and David Brewis from Field Music.