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School in Residence | Case Studies

Curious how our Schools in Residencies work? Want to know more about how they have been received? Discover two case studies below from Warblington School (Year 9) and Downview Primary School (Year 5).

Warblington School | Year 9 students

A group of Year 9 pupils from Warblington School joined us at the Gallery in May 2023 for their five week Residency, with The Eridge Trust meeting the cost of train travel, materials and gallery resources for each of their five visits.

Led by their teacher and with support from the Learning Team at the Gallery, the group visited the exhibitions and collection, using particular artworks as starting points for further exploration of key themes. The range of activities they enjoyed during their Residency included an introductory exhibition tour, discussion and observational sketching activities in the Gallery, as well as a number of creative sessions allowing experimentation with materials and techniques, such as gelli plate printing.

Students loved having the extended time and creative freedom to explore and develop their ideas, with one pupil saying:

I really liked coming into the Studio and being free to create whatever we wanted based on the topic”.

The class teacher was clear that this was also a unique opportunity “…. to teach in a different setting and to be able to make links to artwork that could be viewed so easily. It was refreshing to be able to have an immediacy in moving ideas from observation through discussion to practical application.”

The students’ final artworks were displayed in the Gallery’s annual School in Residence: Summer Exhibition, alongside artwork from other participating schools.

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Downview Primary School | Year 5 students

Downview Primary School is a state-funded primary school situated in Bognor Regis. The Eridge Trust met the cost of train travel, materials and Gallery resources for the duration of their Residency.

Downview elected to follow our structured programme for primary schools, with pre-planned resources and additional support from our Learning Team. This includes two twilight CPD sessions introducing teachers to these activities and a range of techniques for developing and consolidating learning through art-based projects.

Downview’s teachers described the CPD sessions as a rare opportunity to get together and share ideas and knowledge. They said the content provided a clear vision of how activities each week would lead to a final outcome and felt confident delivering these sessions.

Following on from this, teachers were able to confidently deliver the five week programme, leading the children through a range of activities in the Gallery and Studio spaces, from being ‘shape-detectives’ to constructing 3D colourful card cityscapes. They explored colour, shape, mark making and lots more, creating A2 sized acrylic artworks and 3D sculptural vessels as their final outcome.

The children had a fantastic experience, growing in confidence each week. Those who would not normally participate in class felt confident enough to share their ideas and interpretations openly with their classmates. Teachers particularly loved the session during which children participated in Art UK’s Kids in Museums Takeover Day 2023 | Art UK

All of the final pieces of artwork produced by Downview Primary were displayed in our annual ‘School in Residence: Summer Exhibition’ alongside artwork from other participating schools.


To find out more about becoming a School in Residence at the Gallery, please contact us at or call 01243 770838.