Students create sea-themed mural at the Alex

A talented group of A-level Art & Design students from Sussex Downs College in Lewes, have created a vibrant under-the-sea-themed mural at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton.

Under the supervision of tutor James DiBiase, Applied Art & Design Coordinator at Sussex Downs College, students Iona Halfpenny, 18, Paige MacRae, 19, Georgia Burgess, 18, and Li Lord, also 18 (pictured below with Amy and Alice from the hospital’s play team), spent almost three weeks creating the mural which will contribute towards their final A-level grades.

The artwork features a rich variety of sea-themed creatures including colourful fishes, an octopus and a mermaid, as well as a treasure chest of gold coins referencing our 50th anniversary. The colourful mural has been created to help young patients feel less stressful during their time on the Alex’s medical ward.

Liz McCluskey, Schools and Community Fundraiser at Rockinghorse, said: “We are delighted to team up with students from Sussex Downs once again to create another vibrant mural at the Alex. The rainforest mural situated in the Children’s Emergency Department has been so well received that we were asked to create another one on level 9’s medical ward.

“The students decided on an under-the-sea theme for the mural which has already proved a great talking point amongst staff and young patients. We are so pleased with the outcome and would like to thank James, Iona, Paige, Georgia and Li for all their hard work in bringing the mural to life.”

Tutor James DiBiase, added: “Following the success of last year’s rainforest mural, the students and I were thrilled and excited by the prospect of working on a new mural. Projects that are ‘live’ briefs are a great challenge as they really raise the demands and expectations of the learner. The four girls really did themselves justice; they have done a truly fantastic job creating a wonderful outcome.”

As the official fundraising arm of the Alex, we raise money for items necessary to every child’s treatment; from furnishings and toys for the wards through to cutting-edge diagnostic machines and life-saving medical equipment. Rockinghorse is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and we have launched the ‘Sussex Giving for Sussex Children’ appeal. To find out more, please click here.

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