Local artists auction their works to support infant school’s outdoor project

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ARTISTS will be auctioning off their works to support an infants school’s dreams of boosting its outdoor learning facilities.

Eight local painters and artisans are donating one piece each to help Northern Parade Infants in Hilsea invest in an outdoor stage and storytelling bench as well as a school bus.

The show at the Mountbatten Centre this Saturday from 10am until 5pm will feature oil paints, watercolours, modern canvasses, urban art, hand made jewellery and ornaments, as well as a raffle sponsored by local businesses.

It has been organised by Sean Simmons, 42, of St Chads Avenue, whose daughter Blossom, five, attends Northern Parade.

He said: ‘It is an excellent school and we felt we wanted to help give something back.’

Jackie Smith, Northern Parade’s associate head, said: ‘This is a wonderful gesture – we are very fortunate to have fantastic parents who are incredibly supportive of the school.

‘The children have been fundraising over the last year but we do need all the support we can get as it is a very ambitious project.

‘We are planning to have an outdoor stage for plays and drama and a storytelling chair with benches so children can read stories to a group or on their own.

‘We also want to invest in a school bus to share between both the infant and junior sites so we can get our children out to local areas more easily.’