Art students in the picture with ship container gallery

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ART students are putting themselves in the picture by using a shipping container as a gallery to show off their work.

And the six-metre-long metal unit is turning heads after being sited outside the main reception at Sussex Coast College at Station Plaza.

Students on the Fine Art degree course have been put in charge of the container which has been called Room.

It belongs to architect Simon Barker from Eastbourne who has loaned it out until February.

Simon gives lectures on architecture at the college and was approached by course leader Patrick Jones to lend it to the students.

Featuring its own window, roof lighting and projector the container has been turned into a fully functioning gallery.

There will be a series of events which aim to engage with the local community, including exhibitions, discussions, performances and films.

The gallery opened earlier this month. Today (Friday) there will be a special drawing performance by one of the students, entitled The Animal Inside Us All from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Mr Jones said: “It is a rather unusual place for a gallery but it works really well.

“The idea is to give the students a space to show off their work and become more engaged with the public.

“They will also run the gallery and decide what goes on display.

“We have had lots of people coming in to have a look already so it is causing quite a bit of interest.”