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Art is an important part of everyday life at the College, both curricular and extra-curricular and there are many opportunities for the interested pupil to explore new skills. The Art School is open for recreational activities on weekday afternoons and evenings, and there are also regular displays of both pupils' and professional artists’ work in the Donald Perrens Foyer in the Birley Centre. To see examples of GCSE and A level works visit the Art Department’s main pages.

Some recent art department projects:


Jerwood Gallery

Year 10 artists visited the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings to see both the permanent collection and the work of leading artist Paula Rego. Her exhibition 'The boy who loved the sea and other stories' informed their course work unit entitled Myths and Legends this year.

Old Eastbournians

OE’S Henry Chesney, Georgina Moore, Rebecca Nurse, and Aimee Pearson spent an hour in the art department showing current pupils their portfolios of architecture fashion promotion, graphic design and interior architecture. They spoke enthusiastically about both their universities and the courses that they were following,  which inspired current students in their UCAS applications.

South of England Show

Three year 11 ceramic artists were entered into the Young Craftsman of the Year competition at the South of England show this year.  In the ceramics category: Charlie Chatterton came second overall, Cole Warren was winner of the Under 17 prize and Sam Nwuche achieved highly commended. Congratulations to them all.    

Dulwich College Prep School

Eastbourne College Art teachers visited Dulwich College Prep school in Cranbrook to lead an insect mask workshop with Year 5 pupils. The thirty pupils had been studying insects in class and had great fun telling the teachers all of the things that they had learned, as well as creating  their own masks from designs that they created.

Farley Farm House

In early October, Year 10 Art GCSE students visited Farley Farm House in Chiddingly, where they immersed themselves in the Sussex home and gardens of the Surrealists Roland Penrose and his American wife the photographer Lee Miller. They had a guided tour of the house affording an opportunity to hear about their fascinating lives; Lee Miller as a Vogue model turned front-line War photographer and Roland Penrose, a painter and major promoter of the Surrealist group. The students were inspired by the outstanding collection of painting and sculptures by close friends including Max Ernst, Picasso and Man Ray as well as Penrose himself. In the autumn sun, the students made observational drawings of sculptures in the garden, and had a chance to look at Lee Miller’s wartime photographs in the barn, gathering inspiration to inform and develop their ceramic designs based on the theme ‘A Sense of Place.  Everyone came away enriched by the experience and profoundly moved by their story.

University Links

OE and former art scholar Izzy Newton visited the art department to talk about her first year on the BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion Course at Nottingham Trent University. Izzy spoke confidently about her first year projects and showed the group of Year 12 and 13 pupils examples of her research and final pieces for each brief. The informative talk was greatly appreciated by pupils and introduced the boys and girls to this fast moving sector.

Annual Schools Exhibition

Using Jem Southam as a starting point and reflecting on the theme of 'Walking the Line', the Photography Club made several trips to the shoreline identifying, interpreting and recording lines on the journey. Working in small groups, the students developed a personal narrative altering some images in Photoshop.

The Bronze Arts Award students sought inspiration from the breakwaters and the pier, referencing the Eric Ravillious woodcut and David Nash drawings, to develop a series of drawings and frottage forming a three dimensional promenade that leads the viewer into a photographic response.

Students involved were Samuel Cutler, Marie De Bailliencourt, Tatyana Goodwin, Beth Hawkins, Dylan Joyce, Michael Konovalov, Eleanor Long, Katie Miekle, Olivia Nurse, Morola Oyefesobi, Bella Peng (S@S), Sophie Stephenson, Ulyana Sukhinina, Alice Venturelli and Henry Walters.

Geoffrey Williams Arts Bursary

The annual Geoffrey Williams Arts Bursary competition is now in it's second year. Students from many Eastbourne schools submitted work to be judged by distinguished local artists in the GCSE and A level Categories.

Two Year 13 Eastbourne College pupils received particular recognition. Rebecca Nurse won the senior category for her painted tent installation entitled ‘Home Comforts’ and Aimee Pearson was delighted to be highly commended for her equally thought provoking piece entitled 'Global Extinction'.

Art on the Line

The Eastbourne Schools Partnership ‘Art on the Line’ exhibition opened on Tuesday 17 March 2015 at Eastbourne train station. Banners featuring striking artwork with a 'places and faces' theme are suspended from the station’s ceiling along with a photography exhibition in the waiting room. Many congratulations to current pupil Rebecca Nurse and OE Bradley Mackelden whose artwork is on display.

Gold Arts Award

On Thursday 26 February 2015 Year 13 pupil, Michelle Chin opened her thought provoking exhibition of film, photographs and interviews in the Birley Gallery as part of her Gold Arts Award. She is raising money for the ‘Will Foundation’ in Shanghai where she volunteered last summer.

Michelle commented, "For my Gold Arts Award, I have worked with artist Mark Hewitt to extend my reportage photography by adding spoken word and sound. Inspired by Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York, I have interviewed some of my subjects about their lives and their views.

I chose to photograph hands instead of faces because I think that they reveal more about the person. In our society our appearances can be easily changed with make-up, fashion and even surgery, but our experiences and our history is written in our hands.

During my Shanghai visit I volunteered at The Will Foundation orphanage. Seeing first-hand the work that they do to offer children the opportunity of an education, love and care made me want to do more to help them. I have decided to donate all profits from the sale of my prints and postcards to this cause."    


Art for Duke Of Edinburgh

As part of their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards six Year 12 pupils have been developing their photographic skills working with darkroom techniques and digital manipulation. The theme of their work is ‘Regeneration’ and examples will be displayed alongside the art scholars’ exhibition.    




On Monday 12 January the College held an internal heat for ARTiculation 2015. this is the second year pupils have entered this national competition. The Roche Court Educational Trust’s ARTiculation initiative is designed to stimulate students’ interest and understanding of art while developing individual thinking, observation, research, language and presentation skills.  

All nine entrants delivered skilful and comprehensive presentations on their chosen artists, impressing our guest judge, artist Elda Abramson.The winner this year was Phoebe Hughes for her impassioned review of Anselm Keifer's paintings, Margarete and Sulamith. In close second place was Sam Peters with his insightful presentation of Don McCullin’s war photography and third place went to Aimee Pearson with her lyrical account of Singer Sargent's Carnation, Lilly, Lilly, Rose. Phoebe will be competing in the regional finals at The Quarterhouse, Folkestone on Monday 23 February.

A special thank you to Elda Abramson and Jennie Lathbury for judging this year's presentations.

Jerwood Art Gallery

On the 9 October all year 10 pupils who study art for GCSE went on a trip to the Jerwood Art Gallery, Hastings. The following report was written by Dougie Cloke, Year 10 art scholar:

"We went to the gallery to study work which inspired us, helped us in our own work by discovering new ideas and which will be useful for future reference and in our upcoming prep. After splitting into two groups, we each went to a different parts of the gallery. We each chose a piece of art that we liked and drew parts of it, we also answered a question sheet about different types of media used in the artists drawings. There was a huge variety of media used, many of which we might not have previously thought were drawing media; charcoal, emulsion, pen and ink, tarnish, crepe tape, acrylic paint, crayons, cardboard, glue, wood, oil pastels, collage, drafting film and ink wash were just a few of them. All of these different types of media each gave different, interesting effects.

We also looked at painting and sculpture from the Jerwood Permanent Collection and saw how artists use different styles to express their ideas. One of the artists who had work on display in the third part of the gallery was Sir Quentin Blake, the illustrator for Roald Dahl’s books. Overall I think that the trip was very successful and educational, it will help us a lot in our future work."

Artists in Residence

Over a two week period in the summer break six artists - Judith Alder, Sharon Haward, Angela Smith, Felicity Truscott, Pat Thornton and Clare Shoosmith  from the Blue Monkey Network - took up residency in the Casson Art School at Eastbourne College.

Following her visit to the Art Department during the residency Blue Monkey visiting writer, Judy Martin wrote of her experience.

‘Shared Space creates the time and space for doing. Simply described, Shared Space is six artists working together in three purpose-built studios for ten days. Walking into the studios takes me back in time – it looks right, smells right, feels right as a place where people spend their time making art. There are sounds associated with making. Tall ceilings, big squarish spaces, lots of light, studio paraphernalia and odd pieces of unexplained sculpture. I haven’t experienced this in decades and I am already deeply envious of these six people’.

Young Craftsman of the Year

Two College artists have been formally recognised at the South of England Show 2014, Young Craftsman of the Year awards at Ardingly Showground. George Allan, Year13 was awarded first prize and Samuel McClure, Year 11 was awarded third prize in the ceramic category of the competition.

George’s winning entry was a ceramic tiger, decorated with jungle camouflage and inspired by Henry Rousseau’s painting. He was delighted to also receive the overall Silver award where his tiger was judged alongside work by students and apprentices in other categories including Textiles, Design and Technology, Wood and Metal.

Towner Schools Exhibition

The Towner’s Annual Schools Exhibition is being held in partnership with the South Downs National Park and Learning through Landscapes, its aim is to enable schools across Hampshire, West and East Sussex to engage in unique cultural and outdoor learning opportunities. Eastbourne College has the work of fifty two students from year nine exhibiting until the 8th of June in the Lower Gallery of the Towner. The exhibition also includes works by Harold Mockford, Jem Southam, Eric Ravilious, Louisa Catherine Paris and Alfred Fitzwalter Grace alongside our student's artworks.

Eastbourne Festival Brochure Competition

On Wednesday 26 March Year 11 pupil Nadya Boboshko attended the Towner Art Gallery for the Eastbourne Festival brochure launch. Nadya won first prize in the brochure cover design competition with her ‘Shoreline Discovery’ painting and was awarded her prize by local artist, illustrator and children’s author Victoria Brook. Nadya’s winning painting has now been  printed on the front of 20,000 brochures that will be distributed throughout Eastbourne for the Festival.  Nadya can be seen here at the ceremony with Victoria Brook (left) and Emma Morris, Executive Director of the Towner Gallery.

Towner Art Gallery

As part of the annual schools' exhibition, Year 9 artists have been making regular visits behind the scenes of the Towner Art Gallery with the curators. Pupils have been able to get up close to works inspired by the South Downs in watercolour, acrylic and photography by artists Eric Ravilious, Jem Southam, Alfred Fitzwalter Grace, Louisa Catherine Paris and Harold Mockford.



ARTiculation is a national sixth form public speaking competition designed to promote the appreciation and discussion of art. The inaugural event at the College took place in the Birley Centre on Monday 20 January 2014. All art scholars were present to listen to presentations by each of the six competitors. The judges, Mr Ruskin, Mrs Salway and Mrs Martin, selected the following pupils to receive prizes:

Katie Forster - 1st place,  for her vibrant presentation on the making of David Hockney’s ‘A Bigger Grand Canyon’

Will Dickens - 2nd place, for his entertaining presentation on the work of Banksy

Pheobe Hughes - 3rd place, for her presentation on Graham Foster’s ‘Hall of History’

Katie will compete in the regional heats on the 4 February in Folkestone. These will be filmed by the BBC for the Culture Show.


As an extension of the Rambert Dance Company residency in the Birley Centre, artist in residence Lindy Dunbar worked with Mrs. Martin and Year 12 and 13 artists in the Art department on the ‘Brushes’ application on iPad. Students were quickly able to produce expressive studies of the life model. They particularly enjoyed being able to see the process come to life as brush strokes were recorded and replayed in short animations.

Berwick Church

Year 9 and 10 art scholars were asked to produce a collaborative piece of work in response to their visit to Berwick church in September 2012. The resulting ceramic installation inspired by the Bloomsbury Murals, and in particular ‘The Four Seasons’ by Duncan Grant, was displayed at the church from 25 April - 22 July 2013.

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