Painting Lincolnshire’s Coast: A Creative Community Animation

Tish Cookson

We worked with local artists, Juneau Projects, to create an intergenerational, community animation about Lincolnshire’s sand dunes, using footage from around our coastline and turning it into artwork with schools, community groups and care homes.

How was this animation created?

Using video footage of the Lincolnshire coastline, including views over Dynamic Dunescapes site Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe NNR and clips of the wildlife that can be found there, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust worked with Juneau Projects to create a very short film.

Each of the frames of this film were individually printed out. We put them in some activity kits with everything you'd need to get involved in the project - such as paints, paint brushes, a welcome letter and an instruction video.

These kits were then sent out to different groups within the local community, and individuals could then paint a frame each in their own style as part of an activity session. This was done by placing a clear plastic page over the printed image of their chosen frame, which participants could paint onto. We delivered kits to school classes, community groups, charity groups, and care and residential homes, and hope that the experience helped those involved connect with nature and with Lincolnshire's beautiful coastline.

These painted frames were sent back to us, and Philip and Ben from Juneau projects put them all back in order and used them to make the animation you can see today.

Juneau also created a bespoke soundtrack to the video. See if you can spot the natterjack toad and the cuckoo - two of the enchanting species that can be found on this part of the Lincolnshire coastline.

All groups were allowed to keep the art kits for future activities.


One of the groups involved in the frame painting was the Magna Vitae Community Group. The session leader had this to say:

“The first group enjoyed it very much with several commenting they were pleased they came and how it had brought memories back about their enjoyment of painting. What went down well was the fact we weren’t looking for talented artists which seemed to allow them to be much more engaged with having a go.”

Several residents in a care home sit at tables in a common area, painting photos of dunes and dune wildlife

MV Alford Group painting their frames

Who was involved?

A total of 740 people participated in the activity across Lincolnshire from multiple ages and backgrounds!


The artwork in the animation was created by:

  • Aspen Lodge, Skegness
  • Alderson House, Theddlethorpe
  • Althorpe & Keadby Primary School
  • Mablethorpe Primary Academy
  • Magna Vitae (Alford group)
  • Magna Vitae (Binbrook group)
  • Scott House Centre, Boston
  • Scunthorpe Church of England Primary School
  • The St Margaret's Church of England School
  • St Peter and St Paul Church of England Primary School


The animation was produced by:

Philip Duckworth and Ben Sadler, Juneau Projects

Tish Cookson, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust


The animation will feature in the ‘Art of Saving Sand Dunes’ touring exhibition in August 2022, and we'll advertise on the Dynamic Dunescapes and Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust websites when the dates for the exhibition is confirmed.

Six paintings of sand dune wildlife, birds and orchids are laid out on a table.

A selection of the painted frames before being used in the final animation