Draw Me In

Our Annual Schools Exhibition is back – this time open to all local groups of children and young people in or out of school, from 0 to 21 years old.

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to design the new format, led by a steering group of teachers and artists. This year, with the renewed emphasis on drawing in the art curriculum, we’re exploring different ways to understand what drawing is and what it can do.

Join us in the gallery on Sunday 28 October, 11.00am to 4.00pm for a day of free workshops led by artists involved in the project and pick up your free resource pack full of ideas and details on how to take part.

Take Part

All groups that wish to take part need a resource pack which provides full submission guidelines, information about art and artists in our collection and creative tips for making work. These will automatically be sent to Head Teachers of all East Sussex schools at the beginning of Term 2. If you want to ensure it reaches you personally, are from a school beyond the county, or are from a community group, and you’re unable to join us for the launch, please contact Sue Hervey our new Schools Co-ordinator (details below).

Get Creative

There are no entry requirements, beyond linking your group’s submission to selected artists and artworks in our collection, and there are four age ranges for entering work: 0-4 years, 4-11 years, 12-16 years and 17-21 years.

You will need to choose one age range per school/group to work within and enter one artwork made collaboratively that responds to one of the three artworks suggested as your starting point. The final piece can be in any medium and we particularly encourage creative writing, video, design and performance as well of course as visual art – from photography through to sculpture – all of which can be mediums to ‘draw’ with.

The twelve artworks chosen as inspiration were selected by the steering group, from a long-list of women artists in our collection. We provide detail on them, along with lots of creative tips and an entry form, in the resource pack.

Be Supported

All groups have the chance to work with an artist who will deliver a workshop for your group and/or a CPD training session for leaders and teachers. We will negotiate dates and times according to requests that come in on a first come, first serve basis and will do our best to accommodate everyone, although cannot guarantee this.


Launch Event: Sunday 28 October, 11.00am to 4.00pm
Join us in the gallery for a day of free workshops led by artists involved in the project and pick up your free resource pack full of ideas and details on how to take part.

Twilight Session: Thursday 22 November 4.00pm to 6.00pm
Open to any teacher or leader taking part. See the actual artworks in our collection store, be inspired by artist-led workshops, network with other groups and ask any questions you may have.

Drop off your work: 18 to 24 March 2019, during gallery opening hours
Drop off your work and label text.

Opening Party: Thursday 4 April 2019, 3.00pm to 6.00pm
Celebrate the opening of the exhibition with family and friends.

Draw Me In: 5 April to 2 June 2019
The exhibition will be open for everyone to enjoy.

To be kept up to date on the project, please click here to join our mailing list.

If you have any questions or would like a resource pack sent to you, please contact Sue Hervey, Schools Coordinator: sue.hervey@townereastbourne.org.uk or Marina Castledine, Head of Learning: marina.castledine@townereastbourne.org.uk

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