BobPatina was set up in 2002 by a group of parents and teachers in Lewes who were concerned that art was being given less focus in the primary curriculum. The organisation has grown and developed over the years. Six schools were involved in the first Moving On Parade, a number that has grown to fifteen today. Our flagship activity is a town-wide arts project that culminates in the Moving On Parade and we are further developing a range of activities that we provide, including a a new intergenerational arts project in partnership with Priory School and The Phoenix Day Care Centre in Lewes.

We are a network of parents, teachers, artists and volunteers, who work together to create:

  • new opportunities for children and teachers to work directly with local professional artists
  • celebratory arts events that bring benefit to the whole community

We raise funds, coordinate artists, promote and advocate for the arts, support parents and teachers – and oversee the production of the Moving On Parade.

The Moving On Parade is an important part of the local cultural calendar, much looked-forward-to by the children who participate as well as by the community of parents, older children and volunteers who help out. Workshops in carnival arts take place in school to create a stunning moving tide of sculptures, costumes and music – made by the children working with a team of local artists.

The procession culminates in a community party in the Paddock Park, during which local young bands from Starfish play and a local produce shop supplies vast amounts of fruit to keep the children happy, healthy and cool.

All children participating in the Moving On Parade are also invited to a free swim at the local outdoor Pells Pool .


Patina in Numbers

1 –    Transition celebration of this kind in the world

6 –    Whole-town events organised by Patina to raise funds for Moving On 2016 since September 2015

6 –    Volunteer Trustees meeting 5 times a year

6  –   Children with significant disabilities in Moving On 2016

6 –    Freelance Patina artists teaching in schools in 2016

14 –  Hours of presentations on great artists to local children

15 –  Schools participating this year

15  – Number of years Moving On has taken place

21 – Priory pupils in the parade samba band

27 – Priory pupils helping in primary schools in 2016

55 – Parents participating in masterclasses in 2016

64  – Days Patina artists spent on Moving On in 2016

372 – Children moving on in 2016

1500+ People participated in and/or watched parade in 2015

5400+  Children have moved on since 2002

6,000+ – Hours that will be spent by children in art workshops in 2016


What people say about Patina and Moving On:

“Moving On was the best thing I did in year 6. The best thing in the whole time at Primary school in fact..” [Year 7 student]

“It just shows how much the community values its young people and creates a nurturing ethos. It wouldn’t happen if the community didn’t care so much” [Participant in Moving On Exhibition]

“Huge thank you to you both for organising another fantastic feat and festival of creativity and joy”. [parent]

“It made me feel “This is my town. I love it here.” [Parent]

“The Patina Moving On Parade is a wonderful Lewes tradition, celebrating for young people the end of one stage of education and the beginning of another. It’s an event that really does bring the whole of Lewes together, and gives a free rein to creativity!”  [Julian, Priory School Deputy Head]

“Moving On is one of the things which makes me so proud of Lewes – a time when it seems as if the whole town comes to bear witness and celebrate an important time when our young people embark on a new phase of life and move on to senior school.  I was talking to an older lady in the crowd who says it’s a highlight of her year, without having any grandchildren or particular connection, but to see this explosion of creativity and the different schools coming together in this way.” [Tara,  parent]

“Patina – it’s one of those words that comes to mind, when you think Lewes” [Dan, Lewes District Ranger]

“The buzz at Chailey Heritage is still to die down after what can only be described as a sensational day! Thank you so much for making it accessible for our young people. Your enthusiasm and organisation is truly commendable. The parents were overcome with emotion due to the fact their children were marking a huge transition in their lives with other children from across the area” [Teacher, Chailey Heritage school for chidlren with complex disabilities]

“ Patina’s Moving On Parade has just been promoted to most brilliant thing I’ve ever seen. # emotional” [Michael, supporter]

“Wow those Patina people pulled it off again. How brilliant” [ Onlooker]


Patina Moving On 2016 – Thank you list

  • Lewes Town Council, Sussex Community Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, Priory School, the Rotary Club of Lewes and Wallands Primary for their very generous grants and donations
  • Our Wellwishers Herbert Scott and Lewes Mobiles for their invaluable ongoing support
  • Lewes District Council for all their support for our Anonymous Art Action
  • Emma Carlow for being our magnificent graphic designer
  • Our wonderful Patina artists – Dorothy Rosser, Michelle Martin-Dufaur, Maia Eden, Nikki Gunson, Sandrine Case and Sally Miller
  • Mick Hawksworth for presenting the work of the artists in all the primary schools and at our Exhibition
  • Our extraordinary Artists’ Advisory Panel for all their support
  • All the school reps and many volunteers who helped us fundraise all year to make Moving on possible.
  • Malcolm and Dorte at the fabulous Lewes Map
  • Lewes FC for their excellent support with our Dream Team 5 a side fundraiser and for choosing Patina as their official charity for 2015/16.
  • Intersport Lewes for supporting our Dream Team kids’ 5 a side competition and providing the trophy and medals
  • Bill’s for very kindly supplying the fruit on parade day,
  • Pells Pool for selling our tshirts and offering a free swim to our Moving On kids – yay!
  • King’s Framers, Intersport Lewes, Si’s Sounds and Pell’s Pool for their continued moral support, ticket and tshirt selling,
  • All at Viva Lewes for their invaluable support
  • Maria Hudd and the team at the Sussex Express
  • Steve Franklin and the fab bands at Starfish
  • Mr Phil Rose, Faustina Walter and the excellent students from Sussex Downs College
  • Neil Turner for kindly creating our website
  • Sara Riley, Melanie James, Julian Ashworth, Amanda Burgess and all the super talented students involved from Priory School
  • Michael Blencowe for being our auctioneer and quiz master supreme
  • East Sussex Highways and East Sussex Police for all their help
  • The staff at the John Harvey Tavern,Elephant and Castle and the Lewes Arms for kindly offering us meeting space.
  • Peter Earl and all our fabulous stewards on parade day and all our terrific helpers in the café, bar and tshirt
  • The Patina Trustees for volunteering huge amounts of their own time and energy – Brian Davies, Kevin Scott, Mark Robertson, Peter Whyte, Nick Bodimeade and Caroline Croft.
  • All businesses and individuals who hired our Christmas fundraising lanterns and artists who donated their work for our art auction.


Governance and management

Patina has a Board of Trustees who are active volunteers from across the education and business sectors. The current Patina board members are:

Brian Davies, Kevin Scott, Mark Robertson, Nick Bodimeade, Peter Whyte, Mark Robertson and Caroline Croft

Patina Development Co-ordinator: Caroline Croft

Patina Artist Co-ordinator:  Raphaella Sapir.

For more information please contact patinalewes@gmail.com or visit the Patina Lewes Facebook page.