YOUNGSTERS at a Wearside school enjoyed an exclusive preview of an art exhibition.
The exhibition is the first by DFDS Seaways’ recently appointed artist in residence, Isabelle Therese Moreau.
Isabelle surprised the children with an exclusive preview of the exhibition The Art of Travel, which they contributed to, before it went on show to the public.
The children from Year 4 at Barmston Village Primary School, Washington, had taken part in one of a series of print workshops with the artist on board Princess Seaways while the ferry was in port in October.
Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS Seaways, said: “The artwork these children have helped to produce is wonderful and we are thrilled with the end results. The on board workshops have engaged our passengers in the romance of ferry travel and being able to work with the local community in the North East has been a great experience.
“This has been a really unique experience for us and we believe for a ferry company. Having an artist in residence has created a new dimension to the experience of travelling and we hope will inspire more passengers.”
Isabelle is believed to be the first artist in residence for a ferry company and has been tasked with illustrating the romance and excitement of travelling by sea for DFDS Seaways and inspiring more travellers along the way. She is also creating a series of pictures that will be available to download from the DFDS Seaways website, designed for younger children to colour in during ferry journeys.
She said: “I am really pleased that the children at Barmston Primary enjoyed the creative process and are really proud of the part they played in the exhibition.
“My latest artistic residency with DFDS Seaways has been an incredible project. The children’s creativity and imagination has been inspiring and hopefully will be to passengers too.
“I am fascinated by all aspects of the sea and it’s been an enjoyable challenge to incorporate and interpret so much into the piece.”
The art, including the work of the Washington pupils, are now on exhibition on Dunkirk Seaways ferry on the Dover-Dunkirk service until Monday.