Fratton to get an art makeover

111811-075_FRATTON_PAINT_STRIPPING_SR_17/5/11'A team of volunteers from IBM help Mark Lewis and Claire Martin paint over murals on the walls of Fratton Park in Specks Lane to prepare them for fresh artwork.''Picture:Steve Reid 111811-075
111811-075_FRATTON_PAINT_STRIPPING_SR_17/5/11'A team of volunteers from IBM help Mark Lewis and Claire Martin paint over murals on the walls of Fratton Park in Specks Lane to prepare them for fresh artwork.''Picture:Steve Reid 111811-075
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VOLUNTEERS kick- started a major project to transform Fratton Park into the only stadium in the world to be painted inside and out with street art.

A group of workers from IBM gave up two days of their time to get the project on its feet by scraping off six years’ worth of paint along Speck’s Lane.

They then restored the wall and repainted it with a plain wash to create a blank canvas.

The walls outside Pompey’s stadium have become well known as a hotspot for up and coming graffiti talent since The Art and Soul Traders started painting them, and many artists travel the world to show off their work.

But with so many cracks, holes and peeling layers appearing, the organisation needed to restore the walls before giving the stadium a facelift inside and out.

When Cyanne Morgan, finance administrator for IBM, discovered the plans for the football ground, she was really keen to get involved, and roped in some of her colleagues.

The 21-year-old, of Fawcett Road in Southsea, said: ‘People in Portsmouth are so passionate about Pompey and they love seeing different things going on down here when they come to visit, so we thought it would be a great way to get involved in something that is so important to the city.

‘It’s also really nice to get everyone together outside of the office and do something with one common goal.’

It’s thought the stadium will be ready for its new art attack by summer, but the walls inside the ground need to be skimmed and prepped first.

To help out call The Lodge Arts Centre on (023) 9287 0880.