Launch of big annual schools project at the Towner gallery


Eastbourne’s Towner Art Gallery has launched its 2016 programme for the Annual Schools Exhibition, one of the South East’s biggest and most popular collections of work created by schoolchildren.

Schools from across Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford are invited to sign up to take part in the project. The deadline for registration is Friday February 5, 2016, with a maximum of 50 spaces on offer.

Now in its seventh year, the Annual Schools Exhibition offers schools and their students and teachers a chance to engage with art works in the Towner’s permanent collection and make their own art work to exhibit at the gallery.

The theme for the 2016 project is Walking the Line.

For the final exhibition, the Towner is inviting each participating school and group to make a piece of work that explores the theme using predominantly monochrome media in black and white.

The final piece can occupy a wall space or a floor space and work with any media – for example paint, pencil, charcoal, print, metal, ceramic, wire, plastic, photography, animation, film, collage, ink.

The project will run from September 2015 to March 2016 and will culminate in one exhibition in Towner’s ground floor gallery from March 24 to June 5. The project was officially launched at a special event on Tuesday September 15 at the gallery, where a number of schools have already signed up.

Schools can pick from a package of related art education activity including Art Store tours and artist-led workshops, while teachers can use specially designed teacher resource packs to integrate art education into their curriculum.

Any schools in Sussex can take part in Annual Schools Exhibition including nursery, primary, secondary, sixth form, special needs, and home educated.

Clare Halstead, head of learning at the Towner said, “We are inviting schools to explore our theme by experimenting with different materials for line and mark making and to consider the meanings of Walking the Line – marking a boundary, keeping a balance between two extremes. The theme can be interpreted in many different ways. We can’t wait to see the results!”

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