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Severn Arts’ Young Voices New Visions exhibition is returning to Worcester Cathedral, opening on Sunday 26 May until Sunday 23 June. 

Young Voices New Visions is an annual exhibition showcasing the artistic talent of children and young people from across Worcestershire. This year it includes work from 53 local schools and 6 community groups, all responding to the theme ‘The Sky Above Us and the World Beneath our Feet’.   

Jen Loffman, Community Producer for Severn Arts said:

“Children and young people have such a brilliant and unique outlook, and this exhibition is all about showcasing that. We want to encourage children and young people from all communities across the county to get involved, to be proud of their creativity, and enjoy having their artwork on display in a very prestigious building.”

For this year's exhibition University of Worcester, Fine Arts graduate Georgia Rowe has been appointed as Emerging Curator. She will work alongside exhibition curators Richard Webb and Steven Thomas to bring this annual exhibition to life, showcasing the artistic talent of young people from across Worcestershire.

Georgia Rowe, Emerging Curator said: 

“I’m very delighted to be this year’s emerging curator and to be a part of an exhibition that celebrates new artistic perspectives for young creatives! I'm looking forward to indulging in my own curation capabilities and to learn new skills that will help me progress in my own creative journey!”

Alongside the exhibition, there will be an exciting opportunity to be involved in a free drop-in creative arts workshop for all with Sarah Edwards, Spare Room Arts, taking place on Tuesday 28 May, 10:30am-3pm in the Chapter House, Worcester Cathedral. Workshop participants will help make a giant collaborative piece of artwork that will be hung in one of the Cathedral windows. Workshop artist, Sarah, has said that this year's inspiration is the natural world, “because there is nothing more inspiring and beautiful than nature”.

Marissa Ryland, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust said:

“We are really excited to be part of the Young Voices, New Vision exhibition organised by Severn Arts. At Worcestershire Wildlife Trust we believe children should be curious and creative in their learning to truly be able to explore, understand and care for the natural world around them. Being part of the exhibition gives us a chance to showcase some of the amazing artwork children created during these sessions focusing on insect and mammal body parts and adaptations”.

It is important for children to feel proud of their achievements and one teacher, Julie Page of St. Barnabas CE Primary School, supported this stating that by exhibiting children’s work publicly, it shows that adults value their contributions and take their work seriously.

The exhibition, managed by Severn Arts and funded by Worcestershire County Council, takes place from Sunday 26 May to Sunday 23 June in Worcester Cathedral. The exhibition will be open to visitors during normal Cathedral visiting hours, to see these time please visit Worcester Cathedral’s website. www.worcestercathedral.org.uk/visit-us/opening-times 

Admission to the Young Voices New Visions Exhibition is free.

For information about the exhibition visit www.severnarts.org.uk/yvnv-2024 

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