Garth Gibson’s legacy lives on in Exmouth art work

Young artists from an Exmouth primary school have seen their artwork go on public display.

The pupils from Brixington School produced artwork related to Exmouth’s past, present and future.

They were asked to do so by three former Post-16 students at Exmouth Community College, Amber-Jay Poulter, Ellis Jeptha and Frances Evans, who received �500 from the Garth Gibson Memorial Award to fund a community project.

The prize is run by the Magnolia Incentive, and will be awarded every year to community college students.

The students asked the Brixington pupils to draw their designs on to a large board, which was then scanned on to acrylic to be put on display.

The work has now been hung in Exmouth Community College’s Telfer Centre, where it was unveiled by town councillor David Chapman.

The Magnolia Incentive’s Martin Gill said: “Seeing their work on display at the college was quite exciting for the Brixington pupils, and I think Councillor Chapman is keen to use their work to help promote the town in tourist brochures, which would also be exciting for them.”

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As winners of the prize, Amber-Jay, Ellis and Frances have also seen their names engraved on the Garth Gibson Memorial Bell.

The brass bell has been hung in the Telfer Centre to record the names of award winners, and the girls names will be joined by those of subsequent winners in years to come.

The girls will also each receive a smaller engraved bell as a trophy.

Mr Gill said: “We wanted to create some permanent record of people who won.

Rather than having a big board in the school with names on it, which would have been a bit dull, we thought we’d have a ship’s bell,

“It reflects Garth’s sea shanties and position as town crier, and people can ring the bell as a celebration when they win.”