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Wightlink steward Tony Edney with the Ferry Tales display

The fruits of a creative arts project on Wightlink’s Lymington to Yarmouth route have been shared with Islanders and mainlanders this winter.

Wightlink has welcomed songwriters, poets and musicians on board its ships over the last 2 years to gain inspiration for artworks on the theme of arrivals and departures.

An exhibition stand featuring photographs and poems inspired by cross-Solent journeys has been on display at both Lymington and Yarmouth and on board the Wight Light ferry over the last few weeks.

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Daryl Palmer, Wightlink’s Operations Director says:

“Wightlink’s customers were fascinated to see for themselves how their conversations with the Ferry Tales team were turned into artworks. We valued the opportunity to take part in this project and were thrilled by the results”.

The Ferry Tales project, led by Robyn Bolam with Lydia Fulleylove, JC Grimshaw, Dom Prag and photographer Mark Lanigan, was funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and concluded with exhibitions and concerts at Dimbola Museum & Galleries and the Lymington Arts Festival earlier in 2017.

Thanking Wightlink staff for their welcome and support, Robyn comments:

“Taking our Ferry Tales display to and fro on the Solent was a wonderful end to a project that reached a lot of people on both sides of the water.”

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