The MCZ Undercliff Path Project

Spring 2019 - Summer 2020

Supported by the Adur and Ouse Partnership, Rampion OffShore Wind and Arts Council England, ONCA and Schools without Walls are collaborating on a year-long project exploring our local Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ). 

Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zone stretches along the coastline from Brighton Marina to Beachy Head (with a gap at Newhaven) and extends half a nautical mile seaward. Areas benefiting from the MCZ include the Heritage Coast within the South Downs National Park, the eastern half of the Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere (The Living Coast) and part of the Seven Sisters Voluntary Marine Conservation Area.

Together with 100 children from three East Brighton schools, artists co-commissioned by Schools without Walls and ONCA are designing MCZ-inspired signage and sculpture for the Undercliff Path, to be installed in summer 2020. 

This project uses art and creativity to inspire young people about marine conservation within The Living Coast and celebrate biodiversity in the local area. It raises awareness about the marine environment – and in particular about the MCZ’s intertidal zone and chalk gullies and reefs and extraordinary wildlife, whilst encouraging children to spend time outdoors. 

ONCA Co-director Persephone Pearl says,

“This project is a big step forward for ONCA in terms of local collaborations and partnerships. We are thrilled to be working with outdoor learning specialists Schools Without Walls, to be building relationships with educators, children and families in East Brighton, and to be working with great local artists to generate public sculpture and signage that will not only enhance the experience of people visiting the Undercliff Path but increase appreciation of the precious world hidden beneath the waves just beyond our beach.”


  • Undercliff Path Signage & Sculpture – public event |

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Posted on May 1, 2019
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