22 May 2015

After six months of painting and drawing, youngsters with a flair for creativity are getting ready to make their mark on Sheffield Town Hall when the country’s largest junior art exhibition arrives later this month.

The Sheffield Young Artist’s art exhibition will return for its 11th year with 1,154 pieces of artwork created by children aged four to 18-years-old from 60 Sheffield schools. The exhibition will be displayed at the Town Hall on 25 and 26 May.

The exhibition, which has been organised by The Rotary Club of Abbeydale, is free for members of the public to attend and will be open from 10am to 5pm each day.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families at Sheffield City Council, said: “The Sheffield Young Artist’s Exhibition is the city’s biggest junior art exhibition and also the largest of its kind in the country so it’s fantastic to see so many young people showcase their creative flair and love of art.

“The work is really inspiring and of such a high standard. You can really see the children’s personalities shine through. I hope to see as many people coming along to the Town Hall to see how the amazing displays have transformed the place. I’m sure everyone will have their own favourite piece.”

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Ken and the team at the Rotary Club of Abbeydale, all the volunteers who have worked so tirelessly on the art competition and exhibitions running throughout the year. Their amazing work helps put the city on the map as a centre of excellence for children’s art.”

The exhibition has already been on tour of the city with certificates for participants and awards for outstanding work presented at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre earlier this month.

It includes special displays produced by youngsters from a group of orphans in Zimbabwe, The Children’s Hospital, Sheffield and the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind.

Once the exhibition at Sheffield Town Hall is over, there will be another chance to see the paintings and drawings at Art in the Gardens at Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens and the Great Sheffield Art Show but the Town Hall event is the last chance to see this year’s complete display.
Ken Marshall, a member of The Rotary Club of Abbeydale, and organiser of the event added: “The exhibition is such a fantastic way for children to get involved in art and take pride in seeing their work showcased at the Town Hall.

“If a child is good at music or sport there are opportunities to display their talents. We feel art is often under represented, if a child is good at art, often there are only school displays to showcase work.

“We want all children in Sheffield to feel free to be artistic and creative and for them to be able to show off their work and that’s why the rotary club has always enjoyed running this exhibition. All schools are contacted each September and invited to prepare for the exhibition scheduled for the following May.

“Some of the children have already received their certificates and awards, including the children in Zimbabwe, and it’s wonderful to see their faces light up and for them to feel confident and proud of themselves. We hope the public will join us at this free exhibition to celebrate art and the talent of Sheffield children. It is our aim to mark Sheffield out as a city of excellence for children’s art.”

The event is being sponsored by Kier Asset Partnership and Taylor Shaw, the Council’s strategic partners for the delivery of property and facilities management and schools catering.