CoastEd Young Artists on the Pier

CoastEd Young Artists on the Pier


130 young people from Arun, Adur and Worthing schools showcase their work in the new Young Artists on the Pier exhibition launching on May 18th – International Museums Day.  The exhibition is part of the CoastEd celebration event.  

Nadia Chalk and Vanessa Breen from Creative Waves, worked with all of the partner museums and eight schools across the region through creative workshops culminating in the work created for the exhibition.

Young people were inspired by stone age tools at Worthing Museum, maritime history at Marlipins museum, the work of Leslie A Wilcox at Rustington Museum and model ships at Littlehampton museum to name but a few. The students created fantastic work, experimenting in new media from oil pastels to wax, pyro pen to inks. The work was transferred onto high quality vinyl panels and will be on display on Worthing Pier until April 2016.

Throughout the project, the young people worked towards two levels of Arts Award, with 64 pupils being moderated for the Bronze level and 18 gaining the Explore level. This is a fantastic achievement as the young people are required to maintain a record of their work, processes and inspirations to be assessed along with their final pieces. Arts Award’s unique qualifications support young people to develop as artists and arts leaders.

The programme develops their creativity, leadership and communication skills. Open to anyone aged up to 25, Arts Award embraces all interests and backgrounds. Through working towards an award young people learn to work independently, helping them to prepare for further education and employment.

Supported by Arts Council England funding, CoastEd celebrates a successful year of engagement with schools and cultural establishments across the area. Through an engaging and inspiring programme of workshops, outreach sessions and loan boxes, CoastEd has worked with over 4500 school children since its September launch.  The new national curriculum allowed the programme partners to explore new areas of their collections as children re-enact ancient battles, recreate Victorian seaside scenes and unlock local secrets.

CoastEd is a new partnership formed between Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, Littlehampton Museum, Rustington Museum, Marlipins Museum and Worthing Theatres, to bring  a new education service for Arun, Adur and Worthing and beyond.