Wenda Bradley and Christine Hall are two arts educators who have worked previously on projects at Berwick Church and are now managing the National Lottery Heritage Fund Schools Art Project. Christine and Wenda set up Artemis Arts, a charity dedicated to support the arts and artists.
The project seeks to enable the history and heritage of Berwick church to be shared more widely with the community, ensuring the church is understood to be a living, spiritual community, which also has a heritage interest and value.
A number of local schools and artists have been selected to take part in the project and it is hoped that the first stage will commence when the current virus restrictions have been lifted. We hope to share the work of the children with the wider community through a series of exhibitions and online content.
Julian Bell is a painter living in Lewes, Sussex. Besides painting, he writes about art for various magazines and has also written several books on painting and the history of art. He will be working with students from Polegate Primary School. Julian is the son of Quentin Bell and the grandson of Vanessa Bell, who together with Duncan Grant created the wall paintings in the church.
Gary Goodman is a painter and poet. He is interested in the powerful combination of both life’s beauty and its tragedy and is wholly accepting of it. He has exhibited internationally and teaches at various colleges and universities. He runs workshops in drawing, painting and printmaking, and performs his poems live and sometimes records them with a variety of musicians. Gary will be working with Hangleton School in Brighton.
Jeannine Inglis Hall is an artist and designer who works with young people to create performance art and transform shared spaces. Each project evolves through consideration of its setting, history and architecture. This enhances the educational and storytelling opportunities. She will be working with a small group of Special Needs students from Downlands School, Hassocks. Jeannine has created and managed educational projects for, The Natural History Museum, Battersea Arts Centre, and The Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts
Isobel Smith will be working with students from St Pancras Roman Catholic Primary School. She graduated from Royal College of Art (Sculpture/Performance) in 2017 and is Artistic Director of F.A.R.M. Fine Art Rural Mission – dedicated to bringing world-class art and fabulous workshops to rural settings.
Chelsea Renton paints, draws, sculpts and illustrates. Her work often features the Sussex landscape and she has also created many portraits- charcoals and bronzes She leads regular drawing classes and run sculpting and painting courses at home and abroad. Chelsea will be working with Northease Manor School a Special School for Children with Specific Learning Difficulties. There are plans for the children to design and paint a mural inspired by their visit to Berwick Church
Carolyn Trant originally a painter, has been making Artists Books using woodcuts featuring folk tales, local stories, collaborations with poets and her own words. Her work has been bought by many prestigious institutions including the V&A, the Tate, the British Library and American Library of Congress. Carolyn will be working with Harbour School in Newhaven
Kay Walton is a poet, painter, musician and teacher. She is passionate about encouraging creativity in the community, firmly believing that with creativity comes connection. She enjoys combining art forms to create immersive performances and exhibitions. Responsible for raising the profile of the arts in school, particularly poetry, through workshops and publications, she has furthered the careers of several local poets through her organisation Rap’n’Rhyme (www.rapnrhymers.com). Kay will be working with Hertford Junior School in Brighton.
(The work by the artists was scheduled for June of this year but has had to be postponed because of Covid 19. It is proposed to work on the various projects in the Autumn term if schools are back to normality)