The Sea and Me was an outdoor art project for the whole community, that saw young people from across the Island co-create a public mural with professional artists.

Led by artist Richard Jeferies of Squarecube Artisans, young people took part in workshops at Sheppey Matters, where they learnt about outdoor arts, developed their art skills and created their own designs. Working with Richard, young artist Brooke Spokes brought the ideas together in a new original design.

Paintbrushes in hand, the artists and young people worked together to bring their mural to life on the seawall in Sheerness-On-Sea.

About the Artist

Richard Jeferies leads Squarecube Artisans creating private and community art projects and teaching essential art skills courses for beginners since 2008. They’ve also been painting murals since 2013. Squarecube Artisans create space for everyone to make their own mark on even the very biggest of projects.

The Sea and Me is a Squarecube Artisans project.
Co-created with young Sheppey-based artists. Co-commissioned by Theatre31 and Sheppey Matters

78% of the participating young people said they were more confident and had more friends as a result of the project
— Six Ways To Wellbeing, young people's wellbeing project
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