Arts organisations across the region have come together to deliver the project ‘Bridging the Solent’, supported by Artswork and The Barbara Saunders Trust. Bridging the Solent seeks to bring together the artistic talents of young people using galleries and artists on both sides of the water.

The challenge has started with Island youngsters and on Saturday (June 21), they will present their creations, including a giant wicker handcart called the Community C>ART, to aspex in Gunwharf Quays

Wightlink has stepped in to solve one problem facing the Island artists – how to get a 1.5 metre by 2.5 metre oversized cart across the Solent. The ferry company is offering a free crossing to the youngsters and artists from IW-based Eccleston George who were heavily involved in the project.

The artistic entourage will tour the streets of Old Portsmouth before handing their work over to aspex, who will then contribute their own element before passing the C>ART to another arts group in Southampton.

The work produced at the end of the project will then return to the Island for an exhibition at the Quay Arts Centre, Newport, at the end of the year.

Nigel George, of Eccleston George says: “The aim of the project is to help young people who may need some assistance as they approach adulthood to learn new skills, whether creative or social, through the medium of art.

“On the Island, the young people have come up with the theme of ‘hacking’ which basically involves creating new and exciting things from old redundant items. We then had the idea that, seeing as the theme of the project was linking up with the mainland, the centrepiece of our work should be something to transport the work to Portsmouth.”

The resulting cart has been fashioned mainly from old wooden pallets while the basket has been weaved from wicker. The giant spokes were created during a public session in East Cowes when members of the community were helped to work a lathe to make them.

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