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Community Projects

Each year as part of their second year of study, students are given the opportunity to work with an external organisation to test their art skills in new contexts.

Over a number of years we have built up strong relationships with a range of partners in the local community including:

  • Pallant House Gallery
  • Chichester Cathedral
  • St Wilfred’s Hospice
  • Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Local and Academy schools
  • Chichester Harbour Conservancy

The benefits of these projects are far reaching – the organisations involved gain high quality arts input supported by tutors, the students gain skills for employment and experience of working with others, plus we continue to build positive relationships with local people.



This year three students have worked with Pallant House on a ‘Partners in Art’ project. ‘Partners in Art’ is part of the award winning community programme at the gallery, created to provide an opportunity for people who want to follow their interest in art but need additional support. Students are paired with a member of the community programme and they work together to explore their practice, visiting exhibitions and exchanging knowledge.

My placement with the Partners in Art scheme has been a wonderful opportunity to get involved with a pioneering community programme within Pallant House Gallery. I am continuing my volunteering as a Partner in Art beyond the module requirements, supporting my partner and his interest in creating art. This placement has really made me reflect on my own artistic working practices, and I have a much greater knowledge in regards to the holistic importance of art within the community and the ethos of the Outside In project, which aims to create a fairer art world which rejects traditional values and institutional judgements about whose work can and should be displayed.”  

Level 5 student, Bryony Adams

Pallant Press Article issue 12 2014, with thanks to Pallant House Gallery


The University of Chichester has six Academy Schools. Fine Art students have worked at two of the schools Berewood School in Waterlooville and Kingsham School in Chichester this year, running workshops with pupils. The students have focussed on art processes and have investigated ways of using paint techniques with primary age children.

“Working with Kingsham Primary School as a visiting artist has been a valuable learning experience. By completing the project and working as artists in this context, a school learning environment, we have had the freedom to plan creative sessions, further our own artistic practise and build on our knowledge of contemporary art and technical skills whilst also growing in confidence as artist’s within the community and in a school context. The project also had a positive and beneficial correlation with our studio practise, reinforcing our practise and methods, recognising new focuses and offering new perspectives and the development of key skills vital to a successful practise.

Morgan and I both had an encouraging and positive welcome to the school, resulting in the opportunity to create contacts and new learning experiences offering an insight into potential work with children or artist residencies. We were also fortunate to curate and host an exhibition within the university of the completed work by the children and organise a school trip, this was especially rewarding and a valuable learning experience and the skills learnt and acquired will benefit us towards the completion of our degree, final degree show and beyond.”

Level 5 students, April Jackson & Morgan Ward

“We chose Berewood School as our workshop project, having never practised art with children we thought it would be an exciting challenge and a great opportunity to share our experience with the pupils. Throughout the project we explored different paint techniques, tools and artists and gave the pupils an opportunity to experiment drawing with twigs and sticks.  Looking at the artist Jackson Pollock and his different technique of “horizontal painting” the pupils were able to experiment and be creative using this new method of painting, together with marbling of paint to explore colour mixing processes from primary to secondary colours.

Berewood is a new primary school with a positive outlook for their pupils learning and well-being, the pupils were extremely enthusiastic and we had a very positive and amazing experience.”

Level 5 students, Karen McDougall and Emily Kallend​


Postgraduate project, working with the Otter Gallery and Coastal West Sussex Mind.

In 2015 we ran a successful project called ‘Art in Mind’ which was supported by Graduate On and the University Research Facilitation Fund.

Fine Art Graduate Helen Peters worked with groups from Mind and Chichester Lunch Club, using the collection at the Otter Gallery as inspiration for new work which was exhibited summer 2015.

Find out more here.