One of those involved in the Just Stop Oil protest at Falmouth University this lunchtime is top illustrator Holly Astle who has created many murals around the town.

Earlier today, orange paint was sprayed over Falmouth University and Exeter University buildings at the Tremough Campus at Penryn.

Just Stop Oil has since said Ethan Paul and Holly Astle were behind it, with both explaining their reasons. 

You can read more about those reasons here: Graduates plaster Falmouth Uni in orange paint this lunchtime

Holly, a freelance illustrator and graduate of Falmouth University, is known in Falmouth after being commissioned to create murals by various bodies around the town and beyond.

She was commissioned to create her biggest mural close to The Lawn Steps, an area of open space between Well Lane and Gyllyng Street, where she painted the seven-metre-long ‘Love Falmouth’ mural.

She also created a mural for Plastic Free Falmouth on Dracaena Avenue depicting rubbish and plastic floating beneath the waves.

Falmouth Packet: Holly Astle at the Just Stop Oil protest todayHolly Astle at the Just Stop Oil protest today (Image: Supplied)

She also designed and painted the mural on the wall down to Castle Beach and a mural at a village school.

She created a Love Falmouth Paddington Banner working with Falmouth Town Council to create a large digital banner which was displayed in Paddington Train Station.

She said at the time her design incorporated the bright ‘Falmouth’ colours, depicting different things you can find in the town.

She also partnered with The Ocean Agency, Adobe, UNESCO, and IOC-UNESCO to support the UN Ocean Decade and the importance of protecting the ocean by creating designs for The Ocean Agency Create Waves Campaign.

Based in Falmouth she says she is greatly influenced by her local surroundings of the coast and love of the natural world.

Falmouth Packet: Holly in front of the paint sprayed building this morningHolly in front of the paint sprayed building this morning (Image: Supplied)

Her illustrations are primarily digital based, although she is also inspired by the printmaking practices of lino and screen print, the textures and layer processes transferring across into her digital work.

  • Two people were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after a protest at a university campus in Penryn today (October 11).

Two graduates sprayed orange paint on university buildings at the Tremough Campus in Penryn as part of a Just Stop Oil protest over the UK government's planned new oil and gas projects.

Just Stop Oil has since said that Holly Astle and Ethan Paul were arrested this afternoon at approximately 2.30pm after Devon and Cornwall police attended the scene.

Police have not named those arrested but a spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Officers have attended Falmouth University this afternoon following reports of paint being thrown as part of a possible protest.

"A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and remain in police custody."