Crowds flock to first A-Level art show

NADFAS RBA Scholar winner Yetka Saidi and her mother with Denise Topolski NADFAS ChairmanYoung Arts (left) at the Sheffield Young Artists A Level Exhibition at Millennium Gallery
NADFAS RBA Scholar winner Yetka Saidi and her mother with Denise Topolski NADFAS ChairmanYoung Arts (left) at the Sheffield Young Artists A Level Exhibition at Millennium Gallery

Nearly 1,200 people visited the first Sheffield Young Artists A Level Exhibition in the new Cadman Gallery at the Millennium Gallery.

On show were 30 pictures submitted to the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Sociieties/ Royal Society of British Artists Scholars Award in London.

It was the result of a collaboration between the Rotary club of Abbeydale, organisers of the annual Sheffield Young Artists Association and Sheffield NADFAS to recognise the young artistic talent in the city which did not get the recognition it deserved.

The three-day event also included professional artists in residence demonstrating techniques and discussion art with youngsters including Joe Scarborough with his latest work in progress, Houses in Crookes.

There was also a speed networking session offering guidance on careers and exhibiting.

It proved so successful that Kim Streets, chief executive of Museums Sheffield, has offered to host the event again in 2014 and John Lewis in Sheffield, who exhibited a selection of Sheffield Young Artists artworks in April and an A Level show this month, have agreed to continue in 2014. In the meantime Joe Scarborough has been invited to be Artist in Residence during their September 2013 celebration of their 50 years in Barkers Pool.

Other happy outcomes were enquiries to purchase some of the artworks displayed while art student have requested another Art in Practice Speed Networking later in the year.

As the Sheffield Young Artists Competition approaches its 10th anniversary in 2014, other Rotary Clubs around the country are looking to follow the idea in their areas.

NADFAS’s national Chairman of Young Arts visited the show and is investigating how it can be developed. Already Sheffield DFAS are finalising the regionally selected entries for NADFAS RBA Scholars Award next year. Entries selected by art staff have grown to 41 artworks from double the number of schools in 2012.