Artist Patricio Marin, 24, from Swindon’s twin town Ocotal in Nicaragua is visiting Swindon for three weeks until 20 October, to raise the profile of the town’s relationship with his country and to attend the annual general meeting of Swindon Ocotal Link (SOL).
As part of renewing relationships between the two communities he is visiting schools in the town and with pupils studying Spanish at Lydiard Park Academy to create a mural portraying the link between Swindon and Ocotal.
SOL committee member, and former Spanish teacher Gillian Wallis, explained how SOL sustains cultural links between the two towns. “We’ve brought over dancers and singers in the past and we thought it would be nice to have an artist to visit.
“There is a great tradition of murals in Nicaragua, and here in Swindon we have a number of murals by local artist Ken White who has met Patricio to lend his experience on creating large scale works. At Lydiard Park Academy not only will students benefit from Patricio’s artistic input, he’ll also be able to help those studying Spanish with some practical language skills."
Patricio’s programme includes having lunch with the Mayor of Swindon Michael Bray, meetings with Swindon based artists, seeing the Swindon Half Marathon and a two day trip to see the sites in London.
Meet Patricio and the Ambassador of Nicaragua, and discover more about Swindon Ocotal Link, at the SOL AGM on Thursday 11 October, 7.15pm for 7.30pm, at Lower Shaw Farm, Shaw, Swindon. All are welcome to attend
For details call Bruce Clarke, 01793 533338 or 07865200871
Pictured, Patricio with SOL member Dorothy Brown and youngsters at Lydiard Park Academy dressed in traditional Nicaraguan costume