Ferry company helps artists reach Portsmouth for youth festival

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FERRY company Wightlink is giving free travel to young artists taking part in the Bridging the Solent project.

The youth initiative seeks to bring together artistic talents using galleries and artists from England and France.

The challenge has started with youngsters from the Isle of Wight today presenting their creations, including a giant wicker handcart called the Community C>ART, at the Aspex Gallery 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 artistic entourage will tour the streets of Old Portsmouth before handing their work over to Aspex, which will then contribute their own element before passing the C>ART to another arts group in Southampton.

Wightlink’s chief operations officer, John Burrows, said: ‘It is fitting that we are able to be involved in a project that links the island with the mainland and particularly pleasing that the art we are transporting really shows off the exceptional talents of the region’s young people.’

The construction will arrive at the Wightlink’s car ferry terminal at 11.15am, and will be greeted by artists Letty Clarke and Lynn Weddle alongside representatives from Portsmouth Youth Offenders Trust. It will then go on a procession around Old Portsmouth, arriving at Aspex around 11.45am.