Gianpaolo Giancovich painting the hoardings at the Ventnor Winter Gardens. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
A COLLECTIVE of Island artists has helped make the view of Ventnor Winter Gardens more appealing while supporting the work of the Isle of Wight Youth Trust.
A hoarding surrounding the dilapidated landmark was given a splash of colour last week.
Taking a maritime theme, it is hoped the art work will be completed by the end of this weekend.
The artists, including John Cattle, of Wight Trash, and youngsters from Ventnor, made their mark on the hoarding.
One of the aims was to make the Winter Gardens frontage less of an eyesore until work to transform it into a luxury hotel and restaurant is completed.
The building’s owners, The Hambrough, which jointly organised the event with Wight Trash, hopes to open at least part of the building to the public by June next year, said a spokesman for the Ventnor hotel and restaurant.
The other main aim was to increase awareness of the work of the Isle of Wight Youth Trust in supporting the under 25s.
Once the building work is completed, the hoarding will be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to the trust.
The Hambrough will also be donating the takings from one of its tables in its restaurant on Saturday, November 2, to the charity, as part of the Bite the Wight fundraiser.