Sussex Arts Academy supports schools and professional artists in the community to work together to enrich children's education in and beyond the classroom. This project is based in the Chichester Free School which has recently moved onto its permanent site near Hunstone - a Carmelite convent with a rich history dating back to 1870. This project aims to use sculpture as a stimulus for a diverse group of Year 8 and Year 9 students to research this history, to reflect on the events that have taken place and how the history relates to the community today. Using skills taught by the professional sculptor, Roger Parkes, they will design 3-dimensional models that will be displayed to the local community. Community members will then be involved in selecting one or two models which will be developed into full-scale sculptures by Roger Parkes. A new community sculpture garden will be created at the school to display these project models and sculptures and eventually others in the future.
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Why it's a great idea:
When we started to think about the project we discovered that many members of the school community were not aware of the history of the building and so we wanted to do something exciting and different to rekindle this awareness for the community within and beyond the school. The approach we want to take is inspired by our experience of seeing children take their creativity and problem-solving to new heights when working alongside professional artists. By choosing sculpture we will bring a new area of knowledge and skill to these children which would not otherwise be available. All this, together with the community engagement, will not only bring children new learning skills but also develop their personal and social skills and their pride in being part of a wider community with a shared history - and with a new sculpture garden. The students involved will be a diverse group, and steps will be taken to ensure that those from disadvantaged backgrounds are fully engaged and supported.
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