Volunteer accolade for "phenomenal" Sheringham artist
PUBLISHED: 12:04 11 June 2018 | UPDATED: 19:21 12 June 2018
A Sheringham artist whose eye-catching murals can be seen at venues ranging from shops and cafes, to a bus shelter and the local playground has been recognised for his work supporting the town's seafront museum.
Colin Seal, 74, won the visitor experience category of this year’s Museums East SHARE awards, which aim to highlight the contribution made by volunteers to the region’s museums.
Mr Seal, who is a long-standing supporter of Sheringham carnival and founded the town’s annual Scira Viking Festival, began working from a studio at the museum three years ago.
Projects have since included painting a replica high street on the building’s second floor, running art workshops for children and adults and creating signs, badges and tee shirts for events and exhibitions.
Mr Seal has also worked with other town organisations, creating a mural depicting seven of Sheringham’s historic lifeboats to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the RNLI; painting artwork for the North Norfolk Railway’s annual 1940s weekend and painting signs and boards for town events including the annual classic car festival and Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival.
Recent projects have included working on displays for the museum’s Olive Edis photography exhibition, making badges for the Peter Coke Shell Gallery and working with pupils at Woodfields School to create wooden shields which will be used to decorate a Viking ship play centre recently installed at the town’s Cromer Road playground.
He continued his voluntary work while undergoing treatment for leukaemia three years ago, and often works up to seven days a week to complete a project.
“I love working and interacting with people and I enjoy the fact that there’s always something different to do and it’s always a challenge,” he said. “But there are hundreds of people who volunteer without being seen and I feel we are all part of a big team.”
Sheringham museum chairman of directors Tim Groves said Mr Seal’s contribution had been “phenomenal”.
“He has given his expertise freely, shared his skills with other volunteers and brought visitors in who love to watch him work,” he added. “Colin is a wonderful character to have around and the town and the museum would be a much poorer place without him.”