William Hanekom, who recently completed three years at City College Brighton and Hove studying Foundation Learning, Digital Design, Media & Film-making, has showcased his considerable creative talent in the new ‘Potter & Ponder: Sensory Experiences at Croome’ map for the National Trust. William produced 12 illustrations that encourage visitors to experience Croome Park’s grounds, which were designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, using all of their senses. The National Trust worked with Sussex charity Outside In (which supports artists facing barriers to access the art world) to find the most appropriate artist and artwork for the map. Four local schools that support children with disabilities were chosen to collaborate on the project and the children were also asked to choose their favourite artist to design the map from a selection of proposals from Outside In artists, with William getting the winning vote.
“I was really proud that the schools chose my artwork,” says William. “I love to draw and I have done this from an early age as a way of escaping reality. I also enjoy experimenting with different techniques and styles.” Talking of his time at City College, William adds: “I liked the environment at City College, particularly the glass front foyer and café where I could sit in the dry on a rainy day and draw. The tutors and learning support staff were always enthusiastic and helpful and I felt that I had a lot of encouragement and learnt a lot of new techniques.”
“Outside In were thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with the National Trust on a new idea that we hope will be rolled out across the Trust,” says Outside In Manager, Jennifer Gilbert. “William took the brief in a great direction and produced a series of playful colourful drawings that we hope children and adults enjoy for years to come.”
‘Working with William was a really enjoyable experience,’ says Rachel Sharpe and Kiki Claxton from the National Trust. ‘He is a committed and talented professional artist, adaptable, innovative and fully understood the commissioning needs for the project. His practice appealed to all of our participants and he was selected because of his unique style and creative ideas.’
“What impressed me most about William as a student was his encyclopaedic knowledge of films – particularly animation – and his constant creativity,” says Lucy Grout, Senior Teaching Support Assistant at City College. “William thought in images and any spare moment he would always be found drawing, realising and refining his ideas. The Carousel charity in Brighton also deserve a lot of credit for making William aware of this fantastic opportunity and I’m delighted to see him achieve this success so soon after leaving the College.”