We want your artwork!

The Southsea Coastal Scheme is soon going into the next phase of building work at Frontage 4: the area around Southsea Castle. As this is a very busy and prominent spot along the Southsea seafront, we want to use the opportunity to let our youngest seafront users support us in designing the hoarding, a fence that is used to protect the area of construction work.


Why is the Southsea Coastal Scheme important to you?

The Southsea Coastal Scheme aims to help protect Southsea from the increasing risk of flooding from the sea, high tides and storms with new updated sea defences. Without it, over 10,000 homes and over 700 businesses could be in danger. There are also many listed monuments and places of historic significance along the seafront, such as Southsea Castle, the Bandstand, Long Curtain Moat to a name a few.
We want to know what Southsea’s schoolchildren love the most about the seafront and what they think is most important to protect. It can be anything you like to see or do at the seafront, like playing on the beach or having an ice cream by the aquarium – going to the Skate Park or the Pyramid Centre – whatever is your favourite part of the seafront!

You can sketch, draw, paint, scribble, collage….  all we need is the artwork to be (printable) on A4 or A3 size and we need to be able to copy it to display on our hoardings.

There are 4 categories (years R-2, 3-6, 7-9 and 10-11) and a winner will be chosen in each categories. All 4 winning artworks will be displayed on the hoardings at Southsea Castle for the duration of the work.


For teachers (carers and parents)

The Southsea Coastal Scheme is the UK’s largest local authority-led coastal defences project, worth more than £100M. It will stretch for 4.5km from Old Portsmouth to Eastney and help to reduce the risk of flooding. Whilst aiming to replace the outdated existing flood defences and protecting Southsea, the scheme will also modernise and change the face of the seafront for the future.
The Southsea Coastal Scheme Art Competition is free to enter, aimed at schoolchildren in Southsea* and could be a great follow-on activity to educational work about climate change, sea level rise and flood protection.

There is plenty of useful information and material about the scheme on the website ( including newsletters, maps, video clips etc.

Download the competition poster here

We are also able to arrange presentations and information sessions for smaller groups, with an engineer from the project team to answer all questions. Please contact to arrange.

We encourage all pupils to submit their individual designs, but can also accept group submissions, however please ensure that the full name, class, year group and school name is clearly marked on each artwork.
Entries must be delivered via post or handed in to the Southsea Coastal Scheme Project Office  marked ‘SOUTHSEA COASTAL SCHEME ART COMPETITION’, Pier Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO5 3AP, or emailed to
by 4.00 pm on Tuesday 30th November 2021

Find full terms and conditions here

*please find all schools eligible to take part in this competition in the terms and conditions




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