Hastings and Rother Arts Champions

Arts Champions was an initiative developed by Hastings and Rother Arts Education Network. It aimed to create a platform for young people to:

  • Lead and develop activities in schools and colleges and in the local area
  • Connect and participate in the wider arts and cultural offer in Hastings and Rother
  • Celebrate achievements in the arts
  • Complement other arts and participation initiatives in schools and colleges

Participating schools and colleges recruited a small group of Arts Champions from years 7-12, and provided a member of staff to support the group in their activities. The group of 30-40 young people met four times over the year 2014-2015. The group worked on a number of different initiatives, including:

  • Promotion of the arts in their own schools and colleges
  • Bronze Arts Award (some students)
  • Each school college worked on their own Arts Manifesto and a piece of work for the Arts Champions showcase, Brilliant Horizon, which was shown at the De La Warr Pavilion in June 2015

Who was involved?

  • Teachers and students from St Richards Catholic College, Bexhill College, Bexhill Academy, Helenswood Academy, Hastings Academy and Rye Studio School
  • The project was managed by the Hastings and Rother Arts Network Steering Group, made up of Culture Shift, De La Warr Pavilion, Hastings Borough Council, Rother District Council and Helenswood Academy










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What did students learn through the project?

Students from St Richards reported learning social skills, how to build a portfolio, how to plan projects, time keeping skills, and how to get more involved in the arts.

Helenswood students reported learning that education isn’t just about English and Maths, and were delighted that the public enjoyed their performances and were intrigued to know what they were doing.

Bexhill Academy students reported learning teamwork and cooperation, presentation skills, organisation and leadership, speaking to the public, as well as generating, sharing and adapting ideas.

What did the students enjoy most?

Students told us they enjoyed meeting new people with similar interests, expressing artistic ideas, developing confidence, working with other schools, going to De La Warr Pavilion, developing creative ideas through hearing others, and getting a qualification.

This initiative was supported by Artswork, the South East Bridge, with additional support for Brilliant Horizon from Arts Council England.