Sussex Arts Academy-Launch night at Sedgwick Park

This week I was asked to photograph and event that is very close to my heart, the launch of the Sussex Arts Academy at Sedgwick Park. Andrew Bernardi, who was a wonderful  teacher and mentor to my own sons  had the vision of creating an opportunity of excellence for children and young people in the performing Arts. This dream is now moving forward and is supported by Peter Griffiths – Cabinate Member of Education WSCC, David Sword – Director of learning for West Sussex and Tata Consultancy Services. The aim of the evening was to not only showcase the talent that is already shining but to ask for help and ideas from various sources, you the public, parents, schools and arts professionals alike. I have included some images from the event and I hope you will enjoy looking through them. Also do check  out their own website  for more information.

Andrew Bernardi
The Tata Consultancy Services team  photographed here with Andrew Bernardi and David Sword.
A drinks reception in the  Main Hall started off the evening. The art work hanging  from the Gallery is by Durrington High School and Shelly Primary School.
It was a chance for everyone informally to meet and chat about their thoughts and ideas.
A presentation in the library was about – The Child and the Magic. A new production of Ravel’s Children’s Opera  being  performed in July 2013  –
Performances both entertained and grasped the imagination of the guests, starting with Southwater Junior Academy Choir and Drum performance.
…the West Sussex Music Service Saxaphone Sextet.
…and the Gifted and Talented String Academy.
One of the youngest members of the group, Poppy.
After the youth performances in the Large Drawing room we had presentations by a few key note speakers. Starting with Peter Griffiths, WSCC Cabinate Member for Education and Schools
And David Sword, Director of learning for West Sussex.
And of course a few words from Andrew Bernardi himself.
At the presentation evening were members of the Youth Cabinate accompanied by Pandora Ellis.
Sharing their thoughts and ideas here with David Sword.
There was an opportunity for discussion with colleagues. Resulting in ideas being handed to Jane Sedgwick, General Adviser, Support and Intervention and the Arts – children’s services. She plays an enthusiastic and  key role in this project.
…Jane with some of  the sticky notes of ideas!
Then questions to the panel.
…as you can see, a wonderful evening, and with the aim to benefit our children and the future of Arts in the community.

Stella Bernardi - December 11, 2012 - 11:11 pm

Well done Andrew. It looks like it was a fantastic event. Lots of talent being nurtured.

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