Express yourself at an open art exhibition

  • Date

    Mon 19 Mar 18

Art Exhibition

We are looking for painters, sketchers, sculptors, photographers, needleworkers and more to take part in an exhibition with the chance to win a cash prize.

Staff, students and alumni are welcome to display their artwork at Art Exchange's Student 'Open exhibition: I am' on Colchester Campus. 

To celebrate creativity on campus we want to reward the winning artists with cash prizes - £100 for 1st, £75 for 2nd and £50 for 3rd. 

Please make sure you submit artwork to Art Exchange before the deadline on Tuesday 24 April and don't forget to come along to the launch party on Thursday 26 April.

For more information please visit the Art Exchange website

Building Saunders Park edible garden, Saunders Park, Brighton (Image: Brighton & Hove Food Partnership))
Building Saunders Park edible garden, Saunders Park, Brighton (Image: Brighton & Hove Food Partnership)

The research team’s report concludes that community gardening schemes should be integrated into Brighton and Hove’s health policy and practice. The study’s findings are especially pertinent for a city such as Brighton and Hove where mental health needs are particularly high. Compared with national averages, a third more people in Brighton and Hove have a diagnosis of mental illness, twice as many people are hospitalised following self-harm and a third more die by suicide.

Professor Pretty said: “Sharing the Harvest contributes to wider public health, taking pressure off acute and chronic care services in the NHS. This suggests local and national authorities should play a more active role in promoting community gardening, as it clearly brings wider health and wellbeing benefits."

As well as hands-on gardening activities, Sharing the Harvest offered advice and one-to-one support to vulnerable adults to enable them to attend gardens, ran workshops and training events, and included talks about volunteering and visits to gardens to share knowledge and ideas. 

The Sharing the Harvest project was supported by the Big Lottery Fund and built on Brighton & Hove Food Partnership’s previous work setting up and running community gardens.

Sharing the Harvest participant, Dave
"it helped me to see that there was more to life than the run-down place I’d found myself in"
Dave Sharing the Harvest participant

Case studies


Dave, 53, took part in Roots and Boots for one day a week while in a residential rehabilitation unit. Roots and Boots was a therapeutic gardening project for adults who had multiple and complex needs through homelessness, drug or alcohol addiction and mental health difficulties. 

Dave said: “That day took me away from the demons in my mind and gave me a bit of space. That was valuable and gave me something to work towards. It gave me the idea that there was something else out there. It’s nice to know you’re contributing to something positive and it helped me to see that there was more to life than the run-down place I’d found myself in.”


Chris, 54, was referred to the Saunders Parks Gardening Group after a mental breakdown. This group worked in the Saunders Parks Edible Garden a vibrant, edible community garden created from a forgotten and neglected space in a public park in Brighton.

Chris said: “It’s nice to get up in the morning to do something worthwhile. Getting out into Saunders Parks with people of similar interest and outlook and mental illnesses makes you feel you’re in a group and you’re not the only one. I’m on state benefits and I’m looking now to find part-time or full-time employment in gardening.”