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Reaching out through sculpture

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Reaching out through sculpture

Reaching out through sculpture

Sussex Arts Academy By Sussex Arts Academy

Working with a professional sculptor, a group of 12-14 year-olds will bring the history of their 19th century school building alive and create a new community sculpture garden.

Hunston Delivery stage

pledged of £3,799

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

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.

What we'll deliver:

  • A model for inspiring young people's creativity and community spirit
  • The revival through art of an important part of the local community's history
  • The creation of a new community sculpture garden

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.

Steps to get it done:

  • 16th-30th September 2019: research and development of ideas for sculpture work completed
  • 1st October - 17th November: demonstration of "subtraction" skills, students then apply to their own work
  • 18th November -31st December: demonstration of "addition" skills, students apply to their own work
  • From 1st January 2020: community engagement - final piece(s) of sculpture completed, displayed in sculpture garden


Location Hunston

About the space

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West Sussex County Council

How will the money be spent?Total £3,798

Production of final piece of sculpture - £900 (24%)
Specialist materials - £750 (20%)
Teacher time (13 sessions) - £650 (17%)
Roger Parkes, 10 x 1Hr workshops @ £50 each - £500 (13%)
Venue costs - £350 (9%)
Creation of sculpture garden - £350 (9%)
5 hrs SAA support @ £30 per hr - £150 (4%)
Other - £148 (4%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Production of final piece of sculpture
Specialist materials
Teacher time (13 sessions)
Roger Parkes, 10 x 1Hr workshops @ £50 each
Venue costs
Creation of sculpture garden
5 hrs SAA support @ £30 per hr
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • We have two further options for the final piece of sculpture:
  • 1. select one of the students' models and enlarge it up to approx 6ft tall in polystyrene (additional £2,600)
  • 2. select one of the students' models, enlarge it to life size clay figure, mould in plaster and make a fibreglass casting (additional £3,100)

Total £3,798

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