Lives of the Solent

Lives of the Solent

Cuttlefish mural in Portsmouth © Paul Gonella

Project on hold

Due to the Covid-19 situation our project Secrets of the Solent is currently on hold. If you urgently need to reach someone regarding project activities please get in touch. You can also read more about the Wildlife Trust's wider response.

Throughout human history the sea has been a source of inspiration. From Samuel Taylor Coleridge's melancholy mariner to J. M. W. Turner's churning surf, its fathomless depths give a sense of wonder, awe, and mystery.

Art can be a great way to connect with wildlife, and there are many ways to do this through Secrets of the Solent. We're bringing a hidden underwater world to life on land through murals, sculpture, textiles, and more.

We'll also be holding a photographic exhibition to share the stories of people who work on the water. As we capture them on camera, we'll explore how our incredible marine environment has shaped their lives on and off land.

We love to see our region's vibrant marine life recreated in imaginative ways. Why not get involved in our activities, or have a go at your own and send us a picture?

Get creative

This part of the project is still developing, but there will be more ways to get involved soon. In the meantime, you can join in with our textiles initiative or explore our work with an inspiring local artist.

Trudi's tales

As part of her collaboration with us, environmental artist Trudi Lloyd Williams shares the thoughts and experiences that are shaping her creative process.