A closer look at this year’s Annual Schools Exhibition, Our Place

Posted on 6/05/2015

This year’s Annual Schools Exhibition has been our biggest one yet, with art work from over 40 schools from across the South Downs on display. The theme this year is ‘Our Place,’ so all of the art work is inspired by the historical architecture nestled in the rolling hills, fields and farmlands of the downland and reflects the children’s connections to these buildings and structures.


Polegate School Windmill, Annual Schools Exhibition 2015. Photo (c) Rohan Van Twest

Lighthouses, beehives, windmills and even churches made up of Bible quotes are just some of the pieces produced by the children and young people as they explored the South Downs’ built heritage.


Ratton School Lighthouse, Annual Schools Exhibition 2015. Photo (c) Rohan Van Twest

Beach huts, pebble mounds and something that’s not entirely unlike Stonehenge can also be seen as you wander around the exhibition.

Beach Huts

Cuckmere House School Beach Huts, Annual Schools Exhibition, 2015. Photo (c) Rohan Van Twest

The work has struck a chord with Towner’s visitors, and we have had some brilliant comments.  This one really stands out:

“This is the most interesting and stimulating exhibition I’ve seen at Towner. How lucky for the students to be working with truly outstanding art teachers who deserve great credit for eliciting these responses.”

‘Our Place’ has been a way for the children involved to think and reflect not only on the landscape that surrounds them, but also on the work of some of the artists we have on display here at Towner. Naturally, Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) was one of these artists, and the children had a look at his watercolour, Interior at Furlongs, 1939.

Eric Ravilious (1903-1942), Interior at Furlongs (1939). Watercolour. Towner

Eric Ravilious (1903-1942), Interior at Furlongs , 1939. Watercolour. Towner

The children also studied a piece by contemporary Sussex artist, Wycliffe Stutchbury, who we were able to interview about his work.

The exhibition at Towner closes on 31 May, when we’ll be rolling up our astro-turf and sending some off to Worthing Museum, who will be displaying work from over 10 other schools who were involved in the project.