FOOTBALL chiefs in South Tyneside have netted some striking artwork thanks to two students.
Nathaniel Hsu and David Armstrong, who are studying for art foundation degrees at Sunderland College, were commissioned to create panels to form a mural, which has now been installed at Sunderland AFC’s Academy of Light training ground at Cleadon.
The students painted images of city landmarks, including Penshaw Monument, the Stadium of Light and shipyards, on panels fitted inside a tunnel used by the players to take them from the changing rooms to the training pitches.
All nine panels span over a 20 metre area, and will form part of David and Nathaniel’s projects towards their qualifications.
Brian Buddle, head of education and welfare at the club, approached the college to see if they could help brighten up the tunnel.
He said: “The finished project certainly fulfils the aim, and I would like to thank the students and college staff for their commitment over the past few months.
“They are a credit to the college. Their talent and hard work has resulted in a mural that will be enjoyed by many people for years to come.”
Nathaniel, who is profoundly deaf, said: “It is rare to get the chance to be involved in such an interesting project. I am proud that my paintings will be seen daily by Sunderland’s sporting heroes.”
David, 22, who plans to complete a top-up course at the University of Sunderland to gain a BA Honours degree in fine art, said: “I have grown up in Sunderland and I am proud of the city and its landmarks.
“I am a Sunderland fan, so I am excited to have my work on show at the training ground.”