SandCastlePATINA (Parents and Teachers In the Arts) was founded in September 2001 by a parent (Martha Hammick), teachers and local businesses, who came together out of a concern that opportunities for children, teachers and parents to work directly with and alongside artists were being squeezed out of the curriculum and therefore out of young peoples’ experience.

PATINA was established to enable schools and the local community to come together to do something, practically and directly, to address this perceived gap in learning.

With this goal in mind, the board members of PATINA – who were then primary school parents and members of the local business community – devised and launched the Moving On parade in 2002. Although most of the original members of the board have now moved on, PATINA has continued to produce this signature event in partnership with parents, schools, local artists, local businesses and the wider community every year since.

Moving On
Originally involving just the 6 local primary schools in Lewes and conceived as a public ‘Rite of passage parade’ for the town’s Year 6 children (to mark the transition from primary to secondary school), the first Moving On parade began with 3 days of workshops in music and carnival arts taking place in each school leading up to the carnival procession – a moving tide of original sculptures, costumes and music moving through the town centre – created by the children working with a team of local artists. The procession culminated in a ‘party’ in the park where local young bands from Starfish Youth Music performed to all those in the audience and taking part. The event was conceived and managed by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable group of parents who drove PATINA forward for 3 years before they moved on themselves as their children grew older.

Moving On has grown vastly over the years; the project now includes around 20 schools across the Lewes District, including rural and special needs schools, with over 600 children taking part each year.


Previous Supporters

A Wycherley
Angel Property
Arts Council England
Barbican Carpets
Beverley Ogden & Company
Bill’s Produce Store
Carrington Griffin Design
C Brewer & Sons
Chalk Cliff Trust
Commercial Square BS
Danny Cooklin
Edward Reeves
Four Square Fine Arts
Herbert Scott
Hartley Quinn Wilson
Kings Framers
Knill James
Le Bureau
Lewes Town Council
Lewes District Council
Lewes Round Table
Lewes Chamber of Commerce
Lewes Mobile Phones
Marsden Barratt Ltd
Mettyear Trust
Michael Bell Communication
North Street Garage
Pelham House Hotel
Phase Consulting
Rowland Gorrings
Rees Eliott
RF Solutions
Russell Beck Studio Ltd
St Annes Dental Practice
Shelleys Hotel
Viva Lewes
Walledge Associates
W.E. Clark & Son
Owen Williams