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The Fulbridge Academy Sports Hall Project – Second Half

July ’18

The Story So Far:

6.7.18      Day 70


The Fulbridge Academy Sports Hall Project – Second Half

June ’18

Running late, but never mind, there have been a few distractions recently, there’s been a World Cup to keep tabs on. As mentioned in my previous blog, I’ve now reached the final ‘Peterborough’ themed wall, the finishing line is in sight.

My design has been updated since I posted Invincible, my first Fulbridge Sports Hall project blog. The composition is similar, the seven sports club logos remain in the same position but the overall layout has changed a little as the painting now includes some extra figures. James Ferrara (Ice Hockey), Geoff Capes (Athletics) and Brian Brinkley (Swimming) have been added to the list which previously included Louis Smith (Gymnastics), David Bentley (Football), Luke Steele (Football), Paul Barber (Field Hockey), Ajaz Akhtar (Cricket) and James Fox (Rowing), but I bet at some point I’m going to be told I’ve still missed someone really important. Oh well…..

Needless to say painting on walls has its problems, there is never a perfectly flat surface and there are always obstacles to work around. This wall’s no different and in order that the design doesn’t appear to have been severely cut off at the corner of the room I’ve continued the design onto the adjoining wall. However, this has created the need to paint another anamorphic distortion.

I’ve faced this predicament with several figures in this project, with Tanni Grey-Thompson and the Gymnast, Hockey, Rugby, Basketball and Netball players. All one can do in these circumstances is to make the best of it and try to achieve the best possible effect from as many viewing points as possible. Nevertheless there are bound to be areas where the distortion looks awkward, but this is unavoidable, it’s something that has to be lived with. Sadly oarsman James Fox has drawn the short straw this time. All I can say is, “Sorry James”.

The Story So Far:

13.6.18      Day 58


The Fulbridge Academy Sports Hall Project – Second Half

June ’18

Hot on the heels of ‘Play The Game 3‘, another update. Wall 7 is finished and I’ve now started work on the final wall. It’s therefore hardly surprising that I’ve had a tune stuck in my head over the last few days. However, despite the fact that the ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ theme tune has been playing almost non-stop in the adjoining corridor it’s not that one, it’s one by Swedish rock legends Europe. It’s Day 56 and I’ve begun The Final Countdown

The Story So Far:

11.6.18      Day 56


The Fulbridge Academy Sports Hall Project – Second Half

More Hands!!!!!

Another collection of tricky digits!

The Fulbridge Academy Sports Hall Project – Second Half

May ’18

Tempus really fugits when you’re having fun, and suddenly it’s the end of another half term. The break has come at a good time. Despite having the huge benefit of a hydraulic powered platform and those lovely much needed revitalising cups of tea from Asma, I’m feeling very tired. However, with a couple of weeks off to recharge the batteries (I’m referring to mine, not the lift) I will return refreshed and with the energy to complete the final stages.

The painting has progressed well. With walls 5&6 finished and wall 7 close to completion I will soon begin work on the Peterborough themed composition on wall 8, which will be the final piece of the jigsaw. In a few more weeks the design I imagined last summer will actually become a reality.

The Story So Far:

23.5.18      Day 50



The Fulbridge Academy Sports Hall Project – Second Half


A bucketload of hands. An unexpected feature of the Fulbridge Sports Hall project. Didn’t really think about it when I was planning the design, but there are loads of them, and more to go yet! What a nightmare! Tricky things, hands.

Gladiator Mural (Part 4) at Rowlatts Hill Primary Academy

April 18

The final stage of the ‘Gladiator’ corridor at Rowlatts Hill, a grass carpet has now been laid to bring the project to a conclusion. It is the final piece of the jigsaw, the cherry on the Bakewell tart, the penalty save in added-on time. The before and after pics show a significant transformation. Well done Matt Hassall, and thank you. You’re an absolute star. It really looks terrific!

Gladiator (Part 4) – The Floor

Rowlatts Hill Primary Academy, Balderstone Close, Leicester LE5 4ES

The Fulbridge Academy Sports Hall Project – Second Half

March ’18

Three weeks since my last post and now a well earned short break, so a short progress report. Colour is being applied to the walls. A muted palette though, my intention is to maintain the light atmosphere of the room and not to cause the walls to ‘close in’. In fact the tones used for the images are influenced by some images which Principal Ben Erskine produced for the school a couple of years ago. It feels quite a long time since he showed me how he had retouched some B&W photographs using the school colours, but the designs I produced for the appearance of these figures was a direct result of remembering that demonstration.

In contrast to the the ‘Invincible’ mural the walls I am currently painting are not portraits of anyone in particular, they are simply representations of Sporting Activities. Having said that, it was intentional that the Rugby player would bear a resemblance to Vice Principal Rhys Maddox.

The Story So Far:

23.3.18      Day 25

It’s been a particularly demanding project so far. There’s always a lot of mental activity with planning how to paint such large figures in order that they might become convincing, the need to adapt while working alongside the lessons taking place in the hall, as well as being faced with the wall of sound hitting the eardrums as enthusiastic voices encourage their team mates, but also the sheer physical effort required to tackle a project of this scale. My relationship with my very tall stepladder has been intimate indeed.

However when I return all will be different. Today I entered a Brave New World when I received delivery of a new hydraulic powered platform. This really was the day when Christmas arrived early!


The Fulbridge Academy Sports Hall Project – Second Half

February ’18

Following my Half-Time sojourn with the ‘Simply The Best’ mural project at King’s Cliffe Endowed Primary School, I have returned to Fulbridge Academy to begin the Second Half of the Sports Hall mural. The First Half, at the smaller end, which I referred to in earlier blogs as ‘Invincible’, involved painting the portraits of a collection of sporting heroes. The emphasis for this larger end will be sporting activities, although one of the walls will have a theme of sporting personalities from Peterborough.

Since my last visit some alterations have been made to the hall and some design modifications requested. The large projection screen has been removed and replaced with two computer monitors and some additional names have been added to the list for the Peterborough wall. Also, the Looney Tune Land characters from the Warner Brothers film ‘Space Jam’, which were previously included to reflect the name of the room, are now not required. As a consequence three of my previous designs for the 4 walls needed to be updated.

New Designs for Main Hall:

Sporting Activities: Netball / Cricket / High Jump / Football / Swimming / Running / Javelin / Discus / Wheelchair athletics / Roller Blading / Hammer Throw / Archery / Long Jump / Tennis / Gymnastics / Field Hockey / Rugby / Basketball

Peterborough Wall Figures: Louis Smith Gymnastics / Walter Cornelius Strongman /  David Bentley, Luke Steele Football / James Ferrara Ice Hockey / Geoff Capes Athletics / Paul Barber Field Hockey / Ajaz Akhtar Cricket / Brian Brinkley Swimming / James Fox Rowing

Peterborough Wall Logos: Peterborough Panthers Speedway / Peterborough United Football / Peterborough Phantoms Ice Hockey / City of Peterborough Hockey Club / Peterborough Town Cricket Club / Peterborough Lions RFC / Peterborough Rugby Union Football Club

As mentioned previously in my first ‘Invincible’ blog, it’s a big job, so I will not be presenting a detailed report, instead I will post an occasionally updated photo diary again – this one might take me a long time to complete. I just hope I have the ability to fulfil what I’ve set myself to achieve, as well as the stamina. Having said that, the cups of tea Asma delivers to me on a regular basis is definitely a terrific body booster!

The Story So Far:

26.2.18      Day 9



King’s Cliffe Endowed Primary School ‘Heroes’

– The Movie

King’s Cliffe Endowed Primary School, King’s Forest, King’s Cliffe, Peterborough, PE8 6XS


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