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Current Exhibition

Sussex Downs 6th Form College - Young Artists

5 July – 15 August 2017

This show is the work of students from the Art and Design department at Sussex Downs 6th Form College in Lewes where they study for A Levels in Fine Art, Textiles, Graphic Design, Photography and the Art & Design Double Award.  On these courses, students are encouraged to think creatively, solve problems, take creative risks, and to execute work to a high level of resolution, as well as to prepare for opportunities to progress onto creative industry study and careers.

The work on show here celebrates and reflects both the quality and diversity of work produced by the students daily in response to the aesthetic, intellectual and critical challenges put to them.  It represents a cross-section of the wide-range of media, techniques and processes experimented with, including paint, textiles, print, and graphic and applied 3D processes.

The 3D models and related photographs are the result of the College’s active involvement in the international Royal Opera House Design Challenge. Out of the five awards given this year, Art and Design students from the College won three, including the ‘Director’s Award’ for the second consecutive year.

The College further encourages students to take their creative projects beyond the classroom by regularly staging external exhibitions as part of larger events such as the Brighton Festival and Lewes Art Wave. The department also mounts large survey shows in local spaces including The Depot, the Foundry Gallery and most recently, the old Newhaven Coop building which is viewable on line as a VR experience at ‘Bit.ly/sdc-art’.

Giving students the empowerment of a place in an exhibition shows them, as much as visitors to exhibitions, the skills and opportunities the students have gained and seized.  It is with great pleasure that Pelham House is able to join with Sussex Downs College in promoting both the work done by the Art and Design department and the high level of creative talent of these young artists.

The young artists will be exhibiting their work in the hotel’s bar, reception and atrium gallery.  The exhibition is free and will be open every day from 9 am to 9 pm with full disabled access.  For any queries, or to sign up to our six-weekly arts e-newsletter, please contact the art curator via artcurator@pelhamhouse.com.

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