Art Lab began in February 2020, co-produced by the De La Warr Pavilion and Sussex Discovery College.

The weekly sessions were designed for young people aged 14-19 experiencing social, emotional or mental health challenges.

When we went into lockdown Art Lab was thankfully able to continue providing weekly workshops via video conferencing for the remaining three sessions left. We also sent the group weekly emails with photography and drawing prompts in between sessions. We quickly established a way of working together that built on the sessions held at DLWP but that adapted and embraced this new virtual workshop space. We experimented with continuous line and ‘blind’ drawing, 3 minute paper sculpture and photography. Photography became the favourite activity and the screen became a another photographic creative space, making and composing screen shots following colour, shape, texture, word photo prompts by holding objects or camera phone images up to the screen. We also began developing some creative responses to the experience of lockdown which provided an opportunity to express and share feelings around this.

We know how valuable the arts and creativity are in supporting a sense of well being and distraction from uncertain times. For everyone that attended it was clear that Art Lab provided a vital creative, supportive, and fun space in these challenging times. We all hope to continue to develop the work we started to together sometime in the future.

Below are a few images of the work made using screenshots during lock down and you can watch a short film that was made here.

Lead Artist Annis Joslin






Posted by sally on Thursday 21 May 2020