Youngsters get arty at unique town exhibition

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YOUNG artists have been displaying their work in a gallery in Gosport as part of a youth project,

Edging Out is a project which works with students from schools and colleges to enable them to express themselves and become part of the community.

It is the second year the project has been run and Charlie Fletcher, youth arts development manager, for the Edge Project, said it has gone very well.

‘The exhibition celebrates the breadth of young talent that exists in our community,’ he said.

‘Our job is to try and engage young people in museums, libraries and art galleries.

‘We get the youngsters to suggest what they would like to do.

‘The idea of that was to allow them to display their work in some pretty prestigious art galleries.

‘It’s so young people can get represented. They are equal in the creative activities that are going on. It gives them confidence and self esteem.

‘It’s about treating the young people the way that we as adults would like to be represented.

‘We wanted to treat them as prestigious young artists.’

The pupils are aged from 11 to 18 and come from schools across Gosport and some parts of Fareham.

Charlie added: ‘It’s been very successful.

‘The standard of the work this year was excellent.

‘I was impressed that we got such a large range of different ages.’

The exhibition was launched earlier this week and was attended by the mayor of Gosport, councillor Chris Carter.

The exhibition will run at the Gosport Gallery in Walpole Road until Friday.

To find out more about the project please visit theedgeproject.co.uk.

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