A GROUP of three London students have helped Rhyl residents transform their skyline into a gallery.

Goldsmith’s University students Jin Duan, Frankie Fan and Nacho Gong have made three visits to Rhyl this summer as part of the Rhyl Sky Gallery project aimed at getting people together on the town’s beach in a study on reinvigorating the traditional pastime of kite flying.

Under the direction of their Rhyl born tutor Jimmy Loizeau the group - who are studying for an MA in Design - have been enlisting residents to send pictures of their faces and words of their own choosing, before returning to Rhyl to test their designs.

Mr Duan, 23 of China, said: “Our aim is to make the sky like a gallery to show people’s artworks or portraits drawn or printed on the kites, which is why we’ve called it Rhyl Sky Gallery.

“This is a great platform to show people’s thoughts in the sky, which could make people’s voices more powerful and attractive.”

This creative project follows a similar incorporation of Rhyl’s coastline into the syllabus by Mr Loizeau last year.

In 2018 international student, Gauthier Roussilhe of France, visited the area to develop The Denbighshire Adaptation Game - a tile based bored game aimed at educating youngster about coastal flood defences in Rhyl and Rhuddlan.

Mr Duan added: “We found the weather in Rhyl is not always so peaceful or sunny, so it’s really suited to kite flying.

“We also saw some more people who wanted to try it and they always work in pairs like father and son, so we found that it’s a good activity to get friends and families to gather outside and communicate more.

"But we need to find simpler and easier kites designs to help people get into the fun, so we have began to focus more on the kites themselves.

The group have set up an Instagram page with photographs of their experiment. For more information about future visits head to @RhylSkyGallery.