Image credit: Annis Joslin

Riptide: Observations of Marine Pollution by Young Photographers

Riptide is the culmination of a six-month STEAM programme (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) led by an alliance of Eastbourne schools with Photoworks and STEM Sussex.

The programme has created new opportunities for art and science teachers to collaborate with photographers and marine ecologists. planning and delivering cross-curricular projects for their students. Using both creative and scientific activities, students learnt why urgent changes are needed to protect our oceans and coastlines from plastic pollution.

Through a series of lessons, workshops and talks, using a range of creative processes and scientific experiments including chromatography, cyanotypes, photograms, stop-motion and sculpture, students have made work reflecting their thoughts on the impact of plastics on our beaches and marine life.

Image credit: Annis Joslin

Image credit: Annis Joslin

Programme highlights included 150 students heading to the local beach for a mass beach clean and cyanotype workshops delivered out of the iconic Spyglass beach hut on Eastbourne beach with photographer, Elizabeth Doak.

The exhibition presents work in a variety of photographic media, reveals the students’ passionate and informed responses to the plastics problem and demonstrates the close links between artistic and scientific enquiry.

The schools taking part (Cavendish School, Ratton School, Eastbourne Academy, Eastbourne College, Willingdon Community School and Seaford Head School) are members of the Eastbourne Schools Partnership. Participating students will gain Arts Award accreditation and the partner schools are working towards achieving Artsmark as part of the programme.

Image credit: Annis Joslin

The programme is supported with investment from Artswork, the South East Bridge, as part of their Department For Education Networks Programme and is a partnership between the Eastbourne Schools Partnership, Photoworks and STEM Sussex. Spectrum Photographic is the projects’s print partner.

Charly Dryer, teacher at Willingdon Community School says, “The students got a huge amount out of the project. They were moved, impassioned and motivated to raise awareness about the disturbing issues surrounding ocean pollution”.

Image credit: Annis Joslin

Image credit: Annis Joslin

Exhibition Details:

The Birley Centre
Eastbourne College
4 Carlisle Rd
Eastbourne
BN21 4EF

N.B. Opening hours vary

Exhibition open to the public:
Saturday 14 July
Sunday 15 July
Saturday 21 July
Sunday 22 July
11am – 4pm

and by appointment:
22 – 30 June
16 – 20 July
Contact Linda Salway lasalway@eastbourne-college.co.uk to arrange a viewing.