Our Support for Exhibition of Photos at Chailey School

Our Support for Exhibition of Photos at Chailey School

1 Jan 2022

As many of you will know, Chailey School has recently undergone a major and highly successful rebuild. In November 2019, Brighton artist Nick Sayers was invited to visit the school to supervise a project by Year 11 photography students designed to capture for posterity the major changes that were about to occur. Under his guidance, the students produced simple pin-hole cameras made from recycled aluminium cans and photographic paper which were then positioned around the site with their shutters left permanently open. Almost a year later, in October 2020, after the construction work had ended, the cameras were taken down and their photographs were developed by a process known as 'solargraphy'. The results were stunning. They provide a vivid record of the changing face of the school during a period which had just happened to coincide with the height of the first Covid lockdown. Moreover, this year-long project proved to be an excellent opportunity for these students to work with a professional artist and see the results of their work permanently displayed in the school. Their ghostly images not only capture the passing of the seasons but also provide a unique record of the new building emerging and its predecessor slowly disappearing as it was gradually dismantled. Head Teacher Mrs Helen Key said, "The finished photographs are a fabulous addition to our environment and will serve as a permanent reminder of our legacy. Chailey School is extremely grateful to Uckfield Arts Society for funding this valuable photographic exhibition."


Become an instant expert!

Find out more about the arts by becoming a Supporter of The Arts Society.

For just £20 a year you will receive invitations to exclusive member events and courses,  special offers and concessions, our regular newsletter and our beautiful arts magazine, full of news, views, events and artist profiles.

Find out more