First exhibition for aspiring artists

Mo Gardner

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Young people are being invited to take part in the first Rutland Open Youth art exhibition.

Arts4Rutland is running the competition searching for the best young artists in the county.

The competition is open to young artists aged between 11 and 18, either living or attending school in the county.

Artwork should be submitted on the theme of “Through the window, I saw....”in the following categories: painting, drawing, ceramics and sculpture. Each artist can submit up to three works for consideration.

The selected works will be on show at Rutland County Museum in February and should be submitted in late January.

There will be prizes in several age categories and one of the top prizes will be the chance for the winning artwork to be displayed at Goldmark Gallery alongside work by professional artists.

The competition is also being supported by Colemans in Oakham, which will be providing art materials as prizes, as well as the Rutland Decorative and Fine Arts Society, which is providing a cash prize and a cup.

There will be an open evening held on Wednesday, October 29, from 6pm, at Goldmark Gallery in Uppingham. Young hopeful artists are invited to meet practicing artists and get inspiration from the work displayed on the walls.

Arts4Rutland has been running the Rutland Open for adults for the last three years and Mo Gardner, a member of the group, is delighted to give young people the same exciting opportunity to see their work on display.

She said: “Hopefully it will give these aspiring young artists a taste of the real world of professional exhibiting.”

All the schools in the county have been contacted with an invitation for pupils to take part.

Earlier this year, Arts4Rutland held Mobilisation at Kendrew Barracks, which invited people to show their appreciation for those who gave their lives in the First World War. The idea for the Rutland Open Youth came about when the group was looking for something to focus its efforts on after such a successful event.

An exhibition of works in the Rutland Open will take place immediately after the youth art exhibition, from March 14 to April 25.

To find out more visit www.a4r.org.uk