Gallery: ‘Phenomenal’ paint festival raises pier cash

PUBLISHED: 11:00 16 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:01 16 October 2015

Paint Jam in aid of the  Birnbeck Regeneration Trust.

Paint Jam in aid of the Birnbeck Regeneration Trust.

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THE area surrounding decaying Birnbeck Pier has been transformed with colour after a charity street art show was held at the weekend.

The Paint and Pier paint jam event was organised by the Birnbeck Regeneration Trust, which is campaigning to restore the Victorian pier to its former glory.

More than 25 artists from across the country descended on the seafront to cover the hoardings surrounding the pier’s entrance with colourful street art.

The two-day festival raised hundreds of pounds for the trust, but it said the main aim of the event was to raise awareness of the trust’s plight and to encourage people to visit the Pier View information centre and café.

Trust member Heidi Griffin said: “The whole thing was just phenomenal – we did not stop from 7am on Saturday until 5pm on Sunday.

“We had some fantastic artists here who had travelled from as far away as London and Essex and they all took part for free.

“In fact, many of them actually paid to paint as they all put a couple of pounds in our collection boxes.”

One of the artists who took part was John D’oh, who painted a piece for the trust called Dismaland Closed a few weeks ago.

However, the original painting was stolen and John created a replica piece for the festival.

He said: “I was very proud to be involved with last weekend’s Birnbeck Pier paint festival.

“In my opinion, the art from it displays some of the best graffiti Weston-super-Mare has ever seen. It is a compilation of freehand, writing, stencil work and more.”

Heidi said the trust was extremely grateful to everyone who attended, but four people in particular – Lin Toulcher, Becky Lyons, Samii Boyd and artist WormWood Rocks – had been instrumental in making the event a success.

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