Public art project for Angmering gives students huge opportunities

Students at The Angmering School are working with acclaimed public artist Tim Ward to create a new sculpture for the village.

Youth arts charity Artswork has commissioned Tim, founder of Circling the Square, to work alongside children in year nine on the ambitious art project.

Supported by engineers from Littlehampton company SI Protech, the project will offer training in creative art, design and engineering, and give students an opportunity to explore practical processes in the real world.

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Sam Hobbs, head of art, said: “We are so proud and excited to be involved in this project. This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to learn about public art from conception to installation.

The knot sculpture Tim Ward created for The Pavilions housing scheme in Eastleigh

“This is exactly why we became involved with Artsmark and Arun Inspires, to develop links beyond the school and build on the excellent teaching and learning that happens at The Angmering School.”

The students will take part in workshops with Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, carry out research with Angmering Parish Council and develop designs over two terms with support from Tim and the engineers.

A judging panel, including the managing director of SI Protech and several parish councillors, will select the winning design around Easter. This will then form the basis of a new sculpture to be created by Tim and installed outside Angmering Community Centre next summer.

The intention had been to have the sculpture ready this autumn but the project had to be put back due to the lockdown in March.

Public artist Tim Ward, founder of Circling the Square

Beccy East, programme manager, said: “After a tough six months, it’s brilliant to be able to get back on track delivering inspiring arts projects for young people in Arun.

“I can’t wait to see what the young people of Angmering come up with.”

The project is part of Arun Inspires, a new three-year programme of cultural investment led by Artswork to transform the opportunities for children and young people across the district.

Delivered in partnership with Arun District Council, it seeks to invest in high-quality cultural opportunities for children and young people. The project is funded by Artswork with support from Arun District Council using Section 106 funding from the nearby Roundstone Lane development.

Gill Yeates, cabinet member for community wellbeing, said: “I’m confident that taking part in this project will inspire all the young people involved and could help to influence their career paths as they learn about how creating a public sculpture brings together art, design and engineering skills.

“I’m delighted that the council has been able to support this fantastic project and like everyone else involved, I’m excited to see the end result.”

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