- Date: 19 June 2012
- Region: South West
Weymouth Deckchairs. Credit: Dave Penman
Five hundred deckchairs designed by local people will be brightening Weymouth Esplanade this summer.
Local people of all ages took part in the Olympic Deckchairs project which is part of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council's 2012 Public Art Commissioning Programme and has received Arts Council England funding.
Artists Heather Parnell, David Mackie and Becky Adams worked with local community groups and schools and three family workshops were held at Weymouth College. Thousands of designs were created in the workshops before the artists made their final selection featuring the Jurassic coast, seaside activities and the architecture of the town's Georgian seafront.
Each group's designs are represented in the final collection which have been printed onto the deckchairs in vibrant colours.
Phil Gibby, Arts Council England's Director for the South West, said:
"Thousands of people who come to Weymouth and Portland this summer will enjoy seeing and using these deckchairs. This project gave people in Weymouth and Portland the opportunity to work with artists to create something fun and special. I'm sure that those people will feel vey proud when they can see how their work is appreciated by local people and visitors to the area. We want everyone to be able to enjoy cultural experiences, and this project has drawn in many people who might not otherwise take part in the arts."
Lyn Kirkland from Portland said:
"I was really excited about being involved in the project. I am thrilled that my work will be available for people to see and enjoy along the seafront and will be part of the Olympic legacy. I can't wait to show my family and friends my designs."
The deckchairs will be launched with an exhibition on Friday 29 June at the Weymouth Pavilion end of Weymouth Beach. Members of the public will be able to view the deckchairs from 3pm to 8pm.
From Saturday 30 June and over the summer period people will be able to sit on the deckchairs along Weymouth Esplanade. The hire of a deckchair is £2 a day; deckchairs are available from 10am to 5pm. and hiring is weather dependent.