Young artists from the Chichester district offer an inspiring exhibition

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Children’s art at the Novium

Young Artists: A Creative Response to The Art of Chichester features artwork created by 150 young people during a series of free creative workshops run by Article 12 Arts at the Novium Museum during the summer school holidays. Spokeswoman Clare Hawkin said: “Article 12 Arts has welcomed 150 young people whose families have been in Chichester for many years, as well as those who have recently arrived in the district. They encouraged young people of diverse abilities and backgrounds – including from Ukraine, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Eritrea and the UK – to work together to collectively discover a new creative voice as they represent our new community. The young artists, aged between seven and 25, were inspired by the museum’s flagship exhibition The Art of Chichester: 60 Years of Creativity, which chronicles how the arts have put Chichester and its surroundings on the map.

“Local professional artists worked with young people using mixed media, installations, sculptures and storytelling to express themselves and their creativity to share their visions and ideas. The young participants, who included asylum seekers supported by Sanctuary in Chichester, were introduced to the themes of the exhibition and invited to explore their own responses to identity and place through the different artistic mediums. The resulting artwork forms the colorful exhibition, exploring what the art of Chichester could look like tomorrow.

Caroline Sharman-Mendoza, co-founder of Article 12 Arts, added, “The transformative benefit of the creative arts is no longer just a buzzword, but its impact has been well documented. It was an extremely enriching experience to see so many young people flourish thanks to this opportunity.

“I would like to say a very big thank you to all the wonderful young artists who have created such beautiful work, and a special thank you to the teams at THINK 18, PACSO, The Sanctuary, Bourne Community College and WSCC Fostering for introducing us to so many exceptional young people.

The project was made possible by a project grant from Arts Council England and generously supported by Chichester Arts Society Evening. Funding from Arts Council England has also enabled a series of free creative family days at the Novium Museum. These family days encourage family groups of all ages to explore their creative side by participating in a range of craft activities ranging from still life drawing and creative writing to origami and flower wreaths. Art of Chichester Family Days will take place on Saturdays 15 and 29 October and 12 and 26 November. Free entry. Young Artists: A Creative Response to the Art of Chichester is open to the public until Saturday 18 February 2023. Admission is free. www.thenovium.org

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