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The Dalziel Project - Sussex University Trip

The Dalziel Project - Sussex University Trip

Friday 5 July 2019

On (a very hot!) Friday 5 July, 20 students from Year 8 and Year 9 walked to the Sussex University Campus for a creative and challenging study day that combined aspects of English, History and Art.

The trip featured two workshops called 'Caught in Time', run by the creators of the University's Dalziel Project.  The project explores the art of Victorian wood engravings, specifically those made by the Dalziel brothers, whose work is kept in the British Museum archives.

The intricate and detailed engravings were painstaking to create and were used to print images for the increasingly popular print press industry in the 19th Century.  The images students examined ranged from advertisements, to food labels and illustrations for Gothic literature, linking nicely with their studies at BACA.

After exploring the archives, students had a choice of activities.  They could either recreate their own Gothic 'lost story' by piecing together a series of anonymous engravings, or create a collage of 'hybrid creatures' using engraving images.  The students were brilliant and got stuck in straightaway, producing some truly weird and wonderful artwork!  Others will be featured on the Dalziel Archives' website, alongside the work of professional artists.

Watch this space:

See the wonderful work by the students in the Gallery below