Chichester College students helping Pallant House to reach younger audience

June 22, 2017

The work of talented Chichester College students has been on display at Pallant House.

The students, who are in their second year of the Graphic Design A level, have spent months working with staff at the Chichester-based gallery on a project aimed at inspiring young people.

The students were asked to create visuals as part of a rebranding exercise to expand the appeal of the gallery and were given an almost blank canvas to work on – the only rule was that it needed to reflect the gallery.

Lecturer Mike Martin said: “There were no limits to what the students could design, as long as it was a response to what they saw in Pallant House – that could include the building itself, the architecture, the works inside the gallery, patterns, shapes or even textures associated with it. It really was up to them.

“They had several meetings with staff to help their designs take shape, received feedback and then went back to change or revise their projects in the same way they would if they were working on commissioned work for a client.

“The team at Pallant House have been brilliant – they have been very engaged with the students, and they were keen to listen to the students’ ideas about how they could reach a younger audience. Hopefully it’s the start of a new relationship with the gallery, and I hope we will be able to continue working together in the future.”

Kiki Claxton, Learning Programme Manager from Pallant House commented, “It has been a fantastic journey for us at Pallant House Gallery working in collaboration with Chichester College and the students. They have opened up our eyes to a new way of engaging with our collection. We hope that this collaborative relationship will continue in the future.”

The students’ exhibition showcases an element of their final designs – from logos to posters – on A1 display boards. The exhibition is open to the public and runs until mid-June.