International tall ships Falmouth to royal greenwich tall ships regatta

“Tall Ships are amazing. They not only have the ability to sail the world, many of them still do. When the Tall Ships arrive the world arrives with them. History, culture, travel, people, cargo, plants, food and more combine together into a carnival atmosphere.”

Artist John Dyer has been appointed as the official artist in residence for Sail Training International three times. In 1998, 2008 and 2014. In 2008 and 2014 he not only exhibited his own paintings at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall but engaged children and schools with the Tall Ships regatta through art.

The BIG Art and Storytelling Tall Ships Project

The official video that launched the project, funded by Arts Council UK.

BBC news footage of the project

The BBC covered the launch of the Tall Ships project
The children's paintings were exhibited at the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall and the Heritage Center in Greenwich, London.

The children's art on display at the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall

The children’s paintings were exhibited at the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall and the Heritage Center in Greenwich, London.

View the original 'The BIG Art and Storytelling Tall Ships Project' web site

Over 1200 children submitted creative work for John Dyer’s The BIG Art and Storytelling Tall Ships Project. Over 900 pieces of art and 270 pieces of creative writing were sent in. All of the work was celebrated on John Dyer’s art gallery web site.
  • "John Dyer's painting is entirely entrancing, engrossing. It opens up new worlds."

    Dea Birkett
    Founder of Kids in Museums
  • "The BIG Art & Storytelling Tall Ships Project is charismatic. John Dyer’s new Tall Ships painting, combined with professional storytelling, creates an irresistible hub for creativity to flourish."

    Philip Mould, OBE
    BBC Art Expert Fake or Fortune
John Dyer's residency for the Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta was supported by Visit Cornwall, The National Maritime Museum, Arts Council England, Falmouth Art Gallery, Kids in Museums, Falmouth University, Shop for Theatre, The Royal Borough of Greenwich

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John Dyer’s residency for the Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta was supported by Visit Cornwall, The National Maritime Museum, Arts Council England, Falmouth Art Gallery, Kids in Museums, Falmouth University, Shop for Theatre, The Royal Borough of Greenwich