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18 December 2020

All wrapped up!

Students take part in the Southend YMCA 'Get 2020 Wrapped Up' project.

Creative Arts students at USP College Seevic Campus have taken part in the Southend YMCA 'Get 2020 Wrapped Up' project.

Southend YMCA invited the people of Southend and local boroughs to participate in the creation of a community patchwork quilt which tells the story of Southend in 2020.

First year A-Level Textiles & Fashion students, UAL Level 3 Art & Design and Foundation Diploma Art & Design students, all took part in designing squares for the quilt which, Covid permitting, will be exhibited at the Beecroft Gallery in Southend.

Tracy Spurgeon, Course Leader for A-Level Textiles & Fashion said “This has been a great opportunity for the students to participate in this community project to make a historical art piece, reflecting this year, and having their work exhibited. I'm sure for some it has also proved to be a therapeutic experience.”

After seeing digital copies of the squares, Lydia Kovacs, Southend YMCA Community Fundraiser and Project Coordinator, said: ”The students have created some great work, and I can’t wait to see all of them up close. I would like to thank the students and USP College for taking part in this initiative, their participation has been key to this project!' 

This project was run through Southend YMCA’s young person’s initiative, Find Your Voice or ‘FYV'. FYV supports young peoples’ personal, social and political development and equips them with the skills they need to deliver community projects, influence decisions locally and nationally to make a positive contribution towards tackling the issues they care about.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your fantastic contributions to our community quilt project. We were blown away by the enthusiasm and effort shown by all who contributed and we are pleased to have made some new contacts for future creative projects!

Lydia Kovas, YMCA Southend Community Fundraiser and Project Co-ordinato

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