Young artists of the future at Aspex

Forest School Leaders Dawn White and Sue Evans with their pupils outside the school

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COURAGE and determination is the theme of a special show of college students’ artworks that launches today at the Aspex Gallery in Gunwharf Quays.

Creative young people from Havant, Highbury, Fareham Portsmouth, South Downs, Chichester and St Vincent colleges have produced a range of powerful pieces – like portraits of men who defied Hitler – for the free show.

Aspex is usually home to professional artists but the 16 to 18-year-olds have been given the rare chance to exhibit their paintings, sculptures, photographs and other creations.

Denise Callender, the exhibition’s curator, said: ‘We’ve seen some truly remarkable and inspirational pieces of work demonstrating real artistic flair.’

She added: ‘It’s been a pleasure to see how much enthusiasm has been generated by the project and now that the exhibition is just days away everyone’s extremely excited at the prospect of their work getting its first public airing.’

The exhibition was organised by the University of Portsmouth’s New Creatives team and students were treated to workshops led by artists Dawn Burnham, Patti Gaal-Holmes and Melanie Rose.

The exhibition runs until May 6.