The Story of Brightlingsea Lido

In 2023 I joined artist Becky Jackson and author Ruth Loten as part of the creative team at Brightlingsea Lido. Our aim is to engage with the community to celebrate the Lido and respond to it whilst making art.

Local author Ruth Loten wrote a story to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Lido in 2022. We decided to create a visual response to Ruth’s story and the history of the Lido.

Early in 2023 we planned and delivered five workshops with diverse participants. Our groups included: The Brownies, The Primary School, Lido Volunteers, Mending Matters and the General Public.

The workshops were a huge success and the participants made some stunning images. Then it was over to Becky and myself to turn them into finished mixed media paintings. We carefully cut out all the images and assembled them onto canvas adding backgrounds and small details. We also included the names of each artist in the work so that they would be celebrated.

We are now trying to raise the funds to complete another five workshops and turn the canvases into a permanent display outside the Lido for residents and visitors to enjoy for years to come. Watch this space!

Workshop at the Lido cafe with members of the public
Images created and cut out
We collaged all of the images together to make this fabulous painting celebrating 90 years of the Lido
Becky Jackson and Chrissie Richards in front of one of the finished paintings