Young artists in Plymouth and Brest Celebrate 50-year twinning link

An exhibition of comic artwork by schoolchildren from Plymouth and its French twin town Brest will be going on display at St Budeaux Library later today.

‘Creating a Comic Book, What an Adventure!’ is the result of a special collaboration between Auguste Dupouy School in Brest, St Paul’s RC Primary School in Plymouth and the Council’s library service.

Comic strips were chosen as a creative and inspiring way of approaching reading and writing in the two primary schools, as well as fostering closer links and illustrators delivered workshops on both sides of the Channel.

The project was initiated last year by the Brest twinning association (the Association Brestoise des Jumelages et de la Coopération Internationale), in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the twinning link.

Deputy Mayor of Brest Réza Salami will be visiting the exhibition on Saturday 31 May, along with other French representatives from the project.

Deputy Council Leader Peter Smith said: “This project has encouraged children from the two countries to communicate and learn about each other’s cultures, through research and email exchanges. Pupils at St Paul’s set their drawings in Brest and the French children set their pictures in Plymouth. We look forward to welcoming the Deputy Mayor of Brest and some of the people involved in setting up the project when they visit the exhibition.”

Teacher Fabienne Aguilar-Lambert supervised the French children, assisted by comic strip illustrator and storyteller Erwan Le Bot. Pupils at St Paul’s were supported by year six teacher Judith Lewis and manga artist and library volunteer Abigail Cunningham. Abigail acted as the project’s ambassador by taking the drawings to Brest and visiting the class at Auguste Dupouy.

Judith said: “This project has really enthused the pupils and inspired them to find out more about Brest, as well as consider what their home town of Plymouth means for them. They are very excited that we have continued the exchange of letters and work.”

Creating a Comic Book, What an Adventure! premiered at the Médiathèque de Bellevue in Brest last year. It will open at St Budeaux Library at 4pm today (Thursday 22 May) and be on display until Monday 30 June.

Plymouth Waterfront