Guests gather for ribbon-cutting of Portraits of Ramsgate artwork panels

Mayor Trevor Shonk cuts the ribbon

Guests gathered at the Ramsgate Tunnels yesterday (July 19) to watch the official ribbon-cutting for a display of new hoardings artwork panels at the Pleasurama site

The panels are the result of the Portraits of Ramsgate youth project which involved photographic workshops with students from the Royal Harbour Academy and Chatham & Clarendon Grammar. The students briefed graphic designer Sam Howle who has turned their images into striking panels.

Project MotorHouse previously worked with students in 2017, to create 15 panels which are trompe l’oeil beach huts.

They proved so popular with visitors to Ramsgate Main Sands that Project MotorHouse decided to do 10 more.

Project MotorHouse director Janet Fielding said: “The youngsters have done amazing, wonderful work.

“After the panels last year lots of people were saying we should do some more, so we have! Over the Easter break we got the kids back together and worked on the Portraits of Ramsgate project. The background for the hoardings is a panorama photo taken by one of the youngsters which was then turned into an illustration using computer graphics. All the photographic work has been done by the kids.”

The aim of the project was to create a photographic display of Ramsgate. The students’ photos have already been exhibited at the McGillan and Woodell gallery in the town.

Guests at the ribbon-cutting, which was carried out by Ramsgate mayor Trevor Shonk, included project leader Jo Mapp, South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay, county councillor Paul messenger, Town Team co-ordinator Rebekah Smith and businesswoman Raushan Ara.