Draw Me In

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

We launched Draw Me In on 28 October 2018 as part of the national Big Draw campaign and nearly a hundred people of all ages took part in artist-led workshops throughout the gallery – including the lift!

A steering group of teachers and artists helped shape the theme for the exhibition, including the selection of twelve artworks from our collection. These have provided the starting point for inspiration, alongside a specially designed Resource Pack, sent to all schools in East Sussex and available to other groups on request.

All groups taking part are now busy making artwork ready for the exhibition, supported by over 30 free artist-led workshops in schools, community settings and the gallery. Booking for these workshops has now closed.

Information for Groups Taking Part

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.

Work can be of any size and format. If you have special instructions for display, please include these in the label pro-forma, sent to all groups after their workshop, or downloadable here. Please note, we will do our best to accommodate all requests. However, the final decision on display lies with the gallery.


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

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.

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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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