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Student exhibition reveals new generation of artists on south coast

Future Artists exhibition


ART students have spoken of their delight of exhibiting their work in public for the first time as part of a project celebrating the next generation of painters and textile designers.

The Future Artists initiative, led by the University of Chichester, opened for pupils from 11 West Sussex and Hampshire schools and colleges. It aims to give the students, studying art or textiles at GCSE and A-level or BTEC, a platform to illustrate their talents in their first public gallery.

Tim Sandys-Renton, a senior lecturer from the University’s department of Fine Art, said he organised the initiative to inspire a new generation of artists and help them to think about studying the subject at an advanced level.

He added: “The creative subjects have been challenged and we want this exhibition to present art and textiles as positive choices for A-levels and onwards. We are building great relationships with our nearby schools and colleges so we will be repeating this next year but with more opportunities for the students.”

Schools involved in the Future Artists project include Chichester’s High School, Bishop Luffa, and College, alongside St Philip Howard in Barnham and Littlehampton Academy. It also included students from the Havant and Southdowns, Felpham Community, and Worthing colleges, as well as St Vincent’s in Gosport alongside Petersfield school and Bohunt sixth form.

Year ten students Felicity, Hannah, and Oscar, from Philip Howard school, with teacher Mrs Katie Hudson

The exhibition is the first time that year ten students Felicity, Hannah, and Oscar, from Philip Howard school (above), have each presented their work to the public. Felicity said: “It’s very exciting for us all. My family have told me they are very proud, and it’s given me the confidence to study art at A-level.”

Their teacher Mrs Katie Hudson, who leads the school’s art department, said: “It’s so important to do art at school – it helps students learn about culture and other people’s perspectives on life. We are always keen to get involved in projects that help our students become more rounded.”

The exhibition, which is free to view, is held at the University’s artOne building on its Bishop Otter campus, College Lane, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 6PE. It runs from 10am to 5pm until Saturday 22 June.

Art teacher Mark Kellet, from Havant and South Downs College (below), helped 17 of his students develop artwork for the project. He said: “My students have worked really hard all year – they never get the chance to show off their work at a public exhibition so this is a unique opportunity for them to get some recognition of their talents.”

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Art teacher Mark Kellet from Havant and South Downs College worked with 17 of his students for the project