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Ashford School Art Scholars’ mural brings hope and inspiration to the town’s Beacon Centre

A mural depicting the beam of a lighthouse illuminating stormy seas has been created by Ashford
School Art Scholars at the Beacon Centre, a hub for homeless and vulnerable people in Ashford town


Due to the pandemic, the artwork was painted in the Ashford School art studio in four panels and
took two years to be completed by a number of Art Scholars artists working in small bubbles to
adhere to Covid regulations.

The dramatic seascape is brought to life in acrylic paint on board, and was commissioned through
Ashford Together, a community project that aims to bring together people, ideas and resources to
make life better for all. It has this month been installed at the Beacon Centre, a place operated by
Bright City Church to enable a range of partner agencies to support local people in need.


“It’s great that our Art Scholars have been able to contribute to our community in this way,” said
Nicole Rayner, Head of Art at Ashford School. “The size of the mural was quite daunting at first, but
our scholars soon realised that many individuals working collaboratively could achieve an artwork of
this scale. It really makes an impact.”

Said Ian Fowkes of Bright City Church: ‘We are very grateful to Ashford School’s Art Scholars for the
spectacular mural they have created for the Beacon Centre. The picture speaks so powerfully of the
hope and help offered to those experiencing the storms of life.’


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