An event at the Millennium Gallery this week is being seen as helping Sheffield towards establishing itself as the first City of Excellence for Children’s Art.
The Sheffield Young Artists A Level Exhibition which featured works by artists from local schools who were the regional winners of the National NADFAS/RBA Competition attracted more than 1,000 visitors in its first two days.
There were Artists in Residence such as Joe Scarborough giving advice to the young artists and a Careers Speed Networking was attended by more 70 students who were able to explore guidelines and opportunities in 18 different careers.
Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families, officially opened the exhibition and said that the objective was to see Sheffield as the first City of Excellence for Children’s Art.
Kim Streets, CEO of Museums Sheffield pointed out that Sheffield has more artists than any other city, apart from London and the extraordinary talent displayed at this exhibition can give confidence for the future where creativity will have a major role.
Ken Marshall, Rotary Club of Abbeydale and organiser of Sheffield Young Artists series of exhibitions, said the events started in 2005 and it was disappointing that many people in Sheffield still do not know that the city has the largest children’s art exhibition in the UK.