PREVIEW: Walking the Line: Annual Schools Exhibition 2016

February 1, 2016


Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne launches its 2016 programme for Annual Schools Exhibition, the South East’s biggest and most popular annual exhibition of art work created by schoolchildren.

Hans Hartung, L12 1957, Lithograph, 1957. Copyright Fondation Hartung-Bergman. Towner Collection

Schools from across East Sussex, Brighton & Hove and West Sussex are invited to sign up to take part in the project.

The deadline for registration is 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 Towner’s permanent Collection and make their own art work to exhibit at the gallery.

The project emerged from dialogue with teachers five years ago and has grown to one of the largest professional exhibitions of school age students’ work held in the UK.

Over 7,000 school pupils have had an opportunity to respond to Towner’s Collection and participate in this exciting exhibition in the South East’s largest art gallery.

Each year, a theme is chosen which relates to Towner’s Collection and the participating schools have guided tours of the current exhibitions and are shown the works in the collection which relate to the chosen theme.  The children take inspiration from the artworks and work collaboratively to create their own responses.

This year’s theme Walking the Line, explores how drawing and mark-making is the starting point for expressing ourselves.

Seven works were chosen from the Towner collection which reflect this subject, including Sleeping Fawn by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1913), Eastbourne by Harold Mockford (1958) and L12 1957 by Hans Hartung (1957).

Walking the Line can be interpreted in many different ways – marking a boundary  and keeping a balance between two extremes.

Expect a wonderfully rich and varied exhibition of the many talents of children and young people from Eastbourne, Brighton and Hove and across the county.

Event: Walking the Line: Annual Schools Exhibition 2016

Where: Towner Gallery, Devonshire Park, College Rd, Eastbourne BN21 4JJ

When: March 24 to Sunday June 5

Time: Open Tuesday – Sunday, and Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am – 5pm

Entry: Free entry