Our 2017 Young Arts Project

‘Microbial Worlds’ Schools Arts & Science Project

In July 2017 we were delighted to sponsor a series of art and science-related workshops for local school children using our own funds together with matching funds from The Arts Society Patricia Fey Memorial Fund, which we gratefully acknowledge.



The project was managed by Hampshire Art and Craft CIC from Rum’s Eg, their Art and Craft community enterprise in Romsey. It was led by the artists Rebecca and Mark Ford of Two Circles Design who ran workshops and created a large installation of land art in the South Garth of the Abbey. (Each of these links will open in a new window.)



The workshops reached nearly 300 Year 7 pupils at Mountbatten and Year 6 pupils at Wellow Schools. The ‘Microbial Worlds’ Schools Art and Science Project had the object to relate art and science in a manner not usually attempted in the school curriculum.






The pupils tried out charcoal and chalk drawing techniques, which were then exhibited at the Rum’s Eg Gallery. They also made spheres out of willow, which then formed part of a large ‘Land Art’ installation which was put in place in the South Garth of Romsey Abbey for the duration of the Festival and throughout July.




Some pupils also had the opportunity to examine pollen from various plants and trees using optical and electron microscopes when they visited the Biomedical Imaging Unit, a joint University of Southampton/ University Southampton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust facility, for advanced microscopy.

Electron micrograph of Hydrangea pollen









For details of our past projects, please click here.