Arts Volunteering is the new name covering societies' work in the community, young and old, giving access to the Arts for everyone. Following on from the 2019 Volunteer Impact Report findings and analysis of the Young Arts Annual Reports over the past few years it was agreed that 'Young Arts' no longer worked as a term to cover much of the work currently being carried out by societies. The contributions from the City of Chichester Society to date has been in the sponsorship of various arts projects in local schools and colleges. However, with the extended scope for community-based projects across all age groups, this will be considered when setting up new projects in the future. We also help to sponsor a student at West Dean College under the auspices of The Arts Society Sussex Area.    The latest Sussex Area Arts Volunteering newsletter can be found here.

Please look in the gallery where there are photos relating to our projects. In the documents section there is further information about our projects and these are also highlighted in our annual newsletter.

Recent and Current Projects

The Royal Society of British Artists 2019/20

For the third consecutive year  Bishop Luffa School have been successful in having a piece of student's work chosen for the 2020 RBA Exhibitions in London. 'Urban Perspective' by  Toby Richardson  was the student's work chosen, shown right. Toby, Helen Friend and her team in the art department and the school are to be congratulated on this wonderful achievement again.   Toby’s work was part of the exhibition at the Royal Overseas League but unfortunately the exhibition closed earlier than planned due to the coronavirus. It is hoped that the exhibition may open again in due course. Click here to see a photo of Toby at the private view taken by Richard Eaton of the Arts society.

A New project with Bishop Luffa School

As part of the society’s continuing support of the Art Department at Bishop Luffa School, we are sponsoring Art Starter Kits for the Year 12 Art A level and Year 10 GCSE students.

In a school newsletter Helen Friend, Team Leader of Art, wrote –

“A huge thank you goes out to the Arts Society City of Chichester and the Arts Society Sussex Area for their very generous funding of the GCSE and A level Art starter kits for our new Year 10 and Year 12 students at Bishop Luffa School.

These essential kits will provide our students with a comprehensive range of specialist materials and equipment, allowing them to explore new techniques and media, specific to the requirements of their GCSE and A level art courses. The kits will also enable students to take ownership and responsibility for their own materials. The benefit of their funding will not only impact on the A level and GCSE art students, but will also enable the art department to spend more of their budget on resourcing exciting new projects and equipment and will help to further extend and develop our art curriculum for all pupils at the school.

The funding which the Arts Society have provided for the art department at Bishop Luffa over the last three years has made an incredible difference to our students and we cannot thank them enough for helping us to be able to deliver an exciting, diverse and inspiring art curriculum for our pupils.”

New Projects with local primary schools in the Chichester area

The society is currently in the process of setting up projects with Boxgrove C E Primary and Parklands Community Primary School.  Details will appear here when the projects are finalised.

Sponsorship of West Dean Student by Sussex Area

During the 2019/20 academic year the student receiving Sussex Area sponsorship is Hollie Drinkwater, who is studying bookbinding and document conservation. Her Spring Term report is here.

Projects in 2019

1Term2Learn Projects at Parklands Community Primary School and Boxgrove CE Primary School

We were pleased to provide musical tuition during the summer term 2019 at two local primary schools for pupils to learn a new instrument for a term. The project is called 1Term2Learn and was provided by West Sussex Music. The pupils had the loan of an instrument for a term and ten weekly lessons. The Year 5 pupils at Parklands Community Primary learnt the tenor horn and the Year 5 and 6 pupils at Boxgrove CE Primary the B flat clarinet. Both schools were very appreciative of the society funding these, providing an opportunity that the pupils otherwise would not have had. A total of 85 pupils at the two schools benefited from this experience. Some pupils at both schools have expressed a wish to continue learning a musical instrument. The pupils also expressed their appreciation of having been given this opportunity.

For further details about West Sussex Music and the Chichester Music Centre, click here to visit their website - 

Combined Young Arts Project with West Sussex Music

We were pleased to join forces with the other two local Arts Societies, Chichester and Lavant Valley, to set up a new combined project. The societies provided funding for the Summer Concert of the Chichester Music Centre, part of West Sussex Music, held on July 6th 2019 at St Paul’s Church, Chichester. The concert involved over 130 young musicians having the opportunity to perform in a variety of ensembles and to showcase their musical skills.

Emily Alexander the Lead Teacher at the Centre reported that “On Saturday 6th July, St Paul’s Church was brought to life by over 130 musicians for Chichester Music Centre’s Summer Concerts. With full audiences for both concerts, musicians from as young as 5 years old took to the stage to give performances with their ensembles, ranging from the Youth Percussion Ensemble playing ‘Samba…lla Turca’ to the Elementary String Orchestra serenading the audience with the traditional ‘Skye Boat Song’. Every Saturday Chichester Music Centre opens its doors to over 150 young musicians, offering them weekly instrumental lessons, theory classes and ensemble rehearsals on a diverse range of instruments, as well as performance opportunities throughout the year.”  Please look in the gallery for a photo of the concert.

The three societies will be supporting the work of the Chichester Music Centre for a further year.  Details to follow.

Sponsorship of West Dean Student

During the 2018/19 academic year Samuel Matthews was sponsored as part of Sussex Area Young Arts. He studied on the Historic Craft Practices Furniture Course and his summer term 2019 report can be found here.

Previous Projects

Bishop Luffa School

Year 9 Printing Project – to see a fabulous presentation of the work the year 9 pupils completed in 2019 click here. The final prints are stunning.

Year 9 Masks Project - the society sponsored a project at the school during the spring term 2018 entitled ‘Fantastical Masks’. It was a mask making project for all year 9 pupils.  Click here for a presentation showing some of the fantastic work done by the students.

The Royal Society of British Artists

Work submitted by Bishop Luffa School to the RBA can be seen in the gallery.

Joint Young Arts Project Between the Local Arts Societies and the Cass Sculpture Foundation

The combined 2 year project came to an end in 2018 and 148 students and pupils have been given the opportunity to visit the archives. It has proved to be an extremely worthwhile project for schools and colleges in the Chichester area.

Fishbourne C E Primary School

During the autumn term 2017 the society sponsored a collaborative art installation project for the school’s entrance hall based on the book by Linda Kranz and entitled ‘Only one you’. This was a whole school project supported by the ceramicist James Ort. The story epitomised all the school stands for as a learning community. Their aim is to welcome every unique, young person at their personal starting point whatever that may be and to nurture them during the seven years they spend at the school. The installation comprises 213 ceramic fish that create a shoal in the entrance hall. Each of the fish is entirely unique and individual, created by each of the children at the school and brought together to create a stunning, ever-evolving piece. As children arrive at the school, they will be presented with a copy of the story and in a piece of partnership work between parent and child they will create their fish which will in turn join the shoal. Meanwhile, as they leave our school, they will be presented with their fish to take on the next step of their journey.

‘Only One Me’ was launched on Monday October 16th with a whole school assembly introducing the book by Linda Krantz and the ceramicist James Ort. James showed the children some examples of his work. During the rest of his day in school he ran two workshops making and decorating the fish. The 14 children in each group were from all the age groups in the school. These children became ambassadors to teach the rest of the children how to make their fish.

The ‘Only One You’ project is now complete and the school has a stunning display of fishes produced by all the children in the school’s entrance hall. ‘Only One You’ is now the school’s motto and there are lots of fish on the school’s newly relaunched website. This has been an extremely worthwhile project involving the whole school and they are extremely grateful for the financial support that the society was able to give the school. 

Funtington Primary School

‘The Funtington Footprints’ project at Funtington Primary School has been ably led by local artist Rosie Hewitt. During the spring term 2017 she has led a series of sessions at the school designing and making six large clay footprints to represent Respect, Caring, Independence, Persevere, Safety , Best – ‘The Funtington Footprints’. The finished footprints are now displayed at the entrance to the school following their unveiling on May 5th. This has been an extremely worthwhile project that has involved the whole school community. Working with Rosie Hewitt was a fantastic opportunity for the school. She was extremely inspirational for the children and they gained much from the experience. The finished footprints look really striking on the school’s entrance wall and the children are really proud of their contributions.

The school expressed their gratitude for the society’s financial support which enabled this project to take place.

 Birdham C.E. Primary School

The society sponsored two arts projects at Birdham in 2016.  Year 6 pupils experienced painting on canvas for the first time. They learnt about pointillism and the artist Seurat. They produced three large group paintings for display in school. Years 4 and 5 pupils  designed a new welcome sign for the school to be made out of clay tiles, basing their design on The Owl and the Pussycat.

The children have enjoyed the experience of using clay in a collaborative project and the school is very grateful for the sponsorship by the society which has made this possible.

The three large pointillism paintings are finished too and displayed in the school.

Chidham Primary School

Chidham’s artist in residence day sponsored by the society in 2016 was very successful. The artist Paul Priestley led the day which focussed on Kandinsky and abstract art for the years 4,5 and 6 pupils. Kandinsky’s life and techniques were explored by the pupils in various ways. The day concluded with the pupils painting in the style of Kandinsky. The school appreciated the society’s funding which enabled the pupils to have this amazing experience.

West Wittering Primary School

West Wittering’s production of The Lion King on March 9th and 10th 2016 was a great success. Sponsorship from the society enabled the school to buy a variety of creative materials. These were used for the set, props, decorating the church and to enhance the children’s costumes. The school were very appreciative of our support which made this a successful production and a special, enjoyable experience for those who took part.