FOOTBALL chiefs have netted some striking artwork, thanks to two city students.
Nathanial Hsu and David Armstrong, who are studying for art foundation degrees at Sunderland College, were commissioned to create panels to form a mural, which has now been installed at Sunderland AFC’s Academy of Light training ground.
The students painted images of city landmarks, including Penshaw Monument, the Stadium of Light and shipyards, on the panels which will be seen by players as they go from the changing rooms to the training pitches.
All nine panels span a 20metre area and will form part of David and Nathaniel’s projects towards their qualifications.
Brian Buddle, head of education and welfare at SAFC, approached the college to see if they could help brighten up the tunnel.
He said: “The finished project certainly fulfils the aim and I would like to thank the Sunderland College students and staff for their commitment over the last few months.
“They are a credit to the college, their collective talent and hard work has resulted in a mural which will be enjoyed by many people for years to come.”
Nathaniel, who is profoundly deaf, said: “It is rare to get the chance to be involved in such an interesting project. I am proud that my paintings will be seen daily by Sunderland sporting heroes.”
David, 22, from Doxford Park, who plans to complete a top-up course at the University of Sunderland to gain a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art, said: “I have grown up in Sunderland and I am proud of the city and its landmarks. I am a Sunderland AFC fan too, so I was even more excited at the prospect of my artwork being on show at the training ground.”
Anne Brady, art tutor at the college, said: “The students have done a great job on the mural. This was a challenging project due to its scale, but the students have shown their dedication by working throughout the summer holiday to complete the work to coincide with the start of the new season.”