Angmering student designs for new village sculpture selected

Date Created: 5th May 2021

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Three Year 9 students from the Angmering School have been named as winners in a competition to help design a sculpture that will adorn public space outside the Community Centre in the village. The design created by Lily, Ruby, and Safiya will inspire the finished sculpture to be created by nationally acclaimed artist Tim Ward as part of an ambitious new project that has brought a public artist, local engineers and educators from Pallant House Gallery together at the school.

Experienced public artist Tim Ward (Circling the Square) was commissioned by youth arts charity, Artswork to work alongside Year 9 Angmering School students on the development of a new public sculpture for the village.  Supported by engineers from local company S I Protech, the project combined training in creative art, design and engineering using STEAM principles (which puts the ‘A’rt in to STEM subjects), offering students an unrivalled opportunity to explore how creativity can inform practical processes in the real world.

Since last November, students have worked in teams to create a gallery of 20 designs, responding to a brief that invited them to explore the context and history of the site, the qualities they most appreciate in their village and the theme of ‘Ring’, chosen to highlight the history of the area and its name.

The finished sculpture – Sunflower Dog & Rainbow Seat – will be installed outside Angmering Community Centre in September. The young designers’ concept is for a creative seat that brings the community together, surrounded by plants and sensory elements for young children and people with additional needs.  A large rainbow and sunflower symbolise hope and a sculpted dog means no one who sits there will feel lonely.

The winning sculpture design, a dog sits on grass underneath a rainbow

Lucy, Ruby and Safiya’s winning design

In a public consultation on the 20 designs, more than 175 votes were received, and the final decision was made last week by a panel of judges including local councillors, Alison Reigate and Alan Evans, representatives from Arun District Council, Pallant House, S I Protech and the school.

Councillor Alison Reigate expressed the Councillors’ view: “It has been such a pleasure to be involved throughout this project and I must say that the work from the children has been outstanding, showing a great deal of thought and imagination in response to the initial remit they were given through to designing 3D models of their concept. This proved to make the final judging an extremely difficult task that took endless debate to reach a final outcome. Well done to all participants for the standard of work delivered.”

Louise Govier, Artswork Chief Executive said “It has been a joy for all of us at Artswork to see the commitment, creativity and ingenuity that has gone into every single concept. There is a lot the rest of the world could learn from Angmering, empowering its young people in public spaces to create art limited only by imagination – this kind of work just brings out the best in all of us and I hope young people and adults alike are proud. We can’t wait to see the other activities and projects planned in the Arun Inspires programme come into being, benefitting children and young people along with the wider community of Arun.”

Over the next 4 months, lead artist Tim Ward will develop final drawings based on the student design, which will be shared in the village in the early summer. The final sculpture will be fabricated using local firms wherever possible over the summer months and opened on Saturday September 25th as part of the Angmering Revealed community event.

The project is part of Arun Inspires, a new 3-year programme of cultural investment transforming the life chances of children and young people across the District of Arun, led by the charity Artswork. Delivered in partnership with Arun District Council, it seeks to invest in new high-quality cultural opportunities for Arun’s children and young people.  The project is funded by Artswork with support from Arun District Council using Section106 funding from the nearby Roundstone Lane development.

For further information contact: Beccy East, Programme Manager, rebeccaeast@artswork.org.uk

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