Art & Design in Brighton: Photo Gallery

Our A Level Art and Design students recently spent a weekend in Brighton. On our social media posts about the trip we used this lovely sunny picture by PicGaz-Photography (available from

Unfortunately, on the weekend of our visit the weather was not as kind! Mrs Mottley, Head of Art and Design who organised the trip said, “The students were brilliant and even though it poured with rain it did not curb their enthusiasm.” Read on to find out, and see, what they got up to.

The group met at College at 9am on Friday 4th November before travelling by minibus to Norwich train station. A straightforward change at Cambridge and they arrived in Brighton at 2.15pm. A 20 minute walk away was the youth hostel in which they based themselves for the weekend. Situated next to the seafront and opposite the attractive Old Steine Gardens, the YHA Brighton youth hostel provided the perfect place from which to access a variety of locations to inspire their artwork.

That afternoon/evening our students spent time at the beach and on Brighton pier, using the materials, sights and sunset as inspiration. To get their creativity flowing, they had a beach sculpture competition, working in groups to create sculptures from materials found on the beach. After dinner they visited Brighton’s famous Lanes and then spent time working on their sketchbooks. Click on any of the photos below to enlarge them.

Saturday saw the group visit Brighton Museum in the morning and Hove Museum of Creativity in the afternoon. They took photos along the way and made observational sketches in the museums. They also had the freedom to explore local galleries and do some shopping. Today’s competition was to take a creative selfie and create an edit of it. The evening allowed more time to work on their sketchbooks.

On Sunday the plan had been to look at local architecture in the morning, focusing on Brighton Pavilion. However, the wet weather meant they were unable to stay and complete observational drawings as planned so, instead, the group were given the choice to visit any area of Brighton they wished, whether that be the Lanes, pier or seafront. At lunchtime they were back at the train station ready for the journey home, arriving in Norwich at 5.15pm.

To round off the trip, Mrs Mottley ran a competition for the most innovative art work produced in response to the visit. The winner was chosen yesterday and we are pleased to announce that Jasmine in Year 12 has won. She receives an original artwork of Brighton old pier from a Brighton-based professional artist as her prize.