THE art of travel was brought to life for Wearside youngsters when they enjoyed a lesson with a difference.
Pupils from Barmston Village Primary School were invited along to the Port of Tyne Ferry Terminal to experience art at sea.
DFDS Seaways has appointed Isabelle Therese Moreau as its artist-in-residence as part of plans to illustrate the romance and excitement of travelling by sea and inspire more travellers to experience ferry travel for themselves.
Isabelle is running a number of art workshops on board the ferry operator’s cross Channel and North Sea routes, which will explore the different elements of sea travel.
These will be used as part of a final exhibition looking at capturing the “art of travel”, which will then tour the ships and ports in Newcastle and Dover.
Youngsters from Barmston Village Primary were among the first to experience one of the workshops.
Isabelle, a highly respected and world-renowned mixed media artist, whose varied career has spanned over two decades in both the UK and Australia, said: “I am half French, half German, but grew up in the UK so I spent a lot of my childhood on a ferry, travelling to see different members of my family.
“As a result, ferry travel has always been synonymous with fun and adventure for me. Since then, my creative life has continued to be dominated by my fascination with all aspects of the sea, from its scenery to its wildlife so I really do feel that my artistic residency for DFDS Seaways was meant to be.
“I hope my work will inspire passengers and showcase the different perceptions of ferry travel and help capture the romance and excitement of this type of travel.”
Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS Seaways, said: “Isabelle is such an inspiring and talented artist, with a wonderful style and vision and we are all really looking forward to seeing how she will capture the romance and emotions associated with ferry travel.
“It really is a unique venture for us, and we believe it’s the first time that a ferry operator has appointed an artist in residence. We hope this project will give a fascinating and creative new dimension to the experience of travelling with DFDS Seaways for our passengers.”