Sheffield A-level art students will get a chance to see their work on show in a real gallery next week.
The Millennium Gallery in Sheffield city centre is playing host to the Sheffield Young Artists exhibition of A-level work from Monday to Wednesday.
The show has been organised by the Rotary Club of Abbeydale and will feature 45 pieces of A-level artwork from seven city schools.
Ken Marshall from the Rotary Club is a tireless exponent of young people’s art.
He is one of the driving forces behind the show and the much bigger city schools art show in May.
He said: “It’s a working exhibition trying to put into perspective that art has got a role to play in the community.
“It’s a chance to show all the hidden talent there is in Sheffield.
“Very few people know just what talent there is here.
“In the past children only had the opportunity to put their pictures on school walls.
“What we’re trying to do in the Rotary Club of Abbeydale is to recognise and develop vocational activities.”
This is the second A-level show, following on from a successful debut at the galleries last July.
Paintings on show next week were submitted to the prestigious NADFAS RBA annual competition, for a chance to go on show at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London.
The Sheffield branch of NADFAS, the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies, is involved with the exhibition.
Sheffield artist Joe Scarborough and the Mistress Cutler Jane Pedder will be visiting the show, which will be opened by Coun Jackie Drayton, city council cabinet member for children, young people and families.
On Tuesday afternoon there is a careers workshop with business representatives on hand to advise students how they could use their skills in the world of work.
Ken said that art skills are important in all sorts of jobs you wouldn’t necessarily think about, and help with problem-solving skills.
He said that research has shown that creativity can build young people’s self-esteem, giving them a more positive attitude to life.
He added: “Art is a basic form of communication and it’s ancient as well.
“Everybody goes mad about hieroglyphics, for example. That’s art.”