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Gravesend centre brightened with school-children’s artwork

PUBLISHED: 12:38 20 October 2010

Ceri Ellis, Maisie Lamprell, Madison Hawkin, Amelia Whitewood , Carvell Barratt,  Mabel Parr from St Joseph's Primary with Gino Napoliello in front of the town centre mural

Ceri Ellis, Maisie Lamprell, Madison Hawkin, Amelia Whitewood , Carvell Barratt, Mabel Parr from St Joseph's Primary with Gino Napoliello in front of the town centre mural

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Schoolchildren have been given the chance to display their work to thousands of passers-by after contributing to a town centre mural.

Aspiring artist Gino Napoliello has spent the past month creating the painting outside the under-construction Gravesend Library and invited pupils from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School to join him in completing the work.

The artwork features a series of blank open books, which the 40-year-old — who moved to the town from Italy 10 years ago — asked the children to fill with their own ideas.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to work out of the school environment and produce something for the community to enjoy. It will be here for another year and every time they walk past they will be able to think that is my work,” he said.

Mr Napoliello is studying his art B-Tech at North West Kent College and is an assistant at the Northfleet Primary School.

“This is something completely unique for them and I think will help them to be more free to express themselves,” he said.

The young artist were chosen from the school’s Year 3 class and were in the town on Friday and Monday working on the mural.

Alison Shelton, the Year 3 teacher said: “I think this is a lovely way to connect with the community.

“It is great for them and it will be here for a year so people will walk by and see their work which is not a typical experience for a seven-year-old. They have really enjoyed being part of it.”

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