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one hundred school children descend on the degree shows

23.06.11 | Juliette Buss

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A couple of weeks ago nearly one hundred year 9 and year 10 pupils descended on the University of Brighton to see the Photography Degree show, and to work alongside graduates and undergraduates for the day. The students led practical workshops with the school pupils at various locations at the university, and at Lighthouse where the degree show was held.

The day kicked off with an inspirational presentation from Monique Jackson who has just graduated from the Illustration course. Monique chatted about her work, its inspiration and influences, and about what being at university entailed.

Thanks to generous support from Widening Participation at the University of Brighton, we were able to appoint artist Annis Joslin to lead training sessions with the undergraduates, prior to the event so that they could devise and plan their workshops for the schools. Their workshops were brilliant! The school pupils got to have a go at photograms in the darkroom, and try out studio photography.  And....they got the chance to step inside the university building and meet the students, and ask them questions for themselves. Really positive feedback from the teachers too, who were all really supportive of the undergraduates, and enthusiastic about the workshops. Two great days!