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Torbay young and old get involved in Great Big Rhino Project

6 June 2016
The residents’ rhino masterpiece completed

The Great Big Rhino Project in Torbay has encouraged local residents, young and old, to come together as part of an intergenerational project.

Torbay residents get creative

Keen to get involved in Paignton Zoo’s Great Big Rhino Project, members of the local Older Citizens Forum approached the Torbay Community Development Trust (TCDT) to apply for a small rhino to decorate for display in the mass public art event.

With support from Sanctuary Housing, the Forum approached a local LGBT group for young people, Project Central, to collaborate on the design and painting of the animal.

Following several discussions about the design, the two groups came together at the Windmill Centre for a fun afternoon of painting.

The rhino, which now features a rainbow to reflect the LGBT emblem, was divided into sections and people picked up their brushes to paint a variety of colourful and vibrant designs in each section.

Having completed their masterpiece, members of both groups attended an unveiling event in celebration of the work.

What happens now?

The rhino has now been delivered back to Paignton Zoo and will be put on display in a public place around the bay in July when the Great Big Rhino Project is unveiled.

Once the trail is finished in October, the rhino will be returned to the Older Citizens Forum for them to use it as they wish.

“Interaction between the generations”

Theo Tanser, community builder for Torbay Community Development Trust, said: “My role was to guide the artistic elements of the project and invite and encourage older people to get stuck in. It was a lovely project to be involved in and the highlight for me was the interaction between the generations and the conversation this inspired.”

“A mix of art and education”

Lynne Roberts, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for both age groups to get involved in a creative project that entails a mix of art and education.

“We regularly invest in community-led programmes and projects such as this which address the needs of our customers, so we’re pleased that we were able to offer our support with this intergenerational project.”

What is the Great Big Rhino Project?

The Great Big Rhino Project will bring a world class mass public art event to the streets, parks and open spaces of the English Riviera and Exeter from Saturday 30 July to Saturday 9 October 2016. There will be two sizes of rhino on display. After the trail, large sized rhino’s will return to Paignton Zoo from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 October 2016 before being auctioned for charity on Thursday 3 November 2016, whilst the small rhino’s will be returned to their designers. To find out more about the project visit www.greatbigrhinos.org.uk