Musings for October 2017

The Value of Art for Children and Young People

The City of Sheffield is bursting with talent in the Arts scene.

I would like to take this opportunity to draw your attention to, and spread the word about, a series of exhibitions for children and young people which have been on the City’s calendar for thirteen years now. 


Sheffield Young Artists Competition and Exhibitions, is a series of events organised by the Rotary Club of Abbeydale.  The main exhibition, opened by the Lord Mayor, is open to all primary, junior, secondary, independent and special schools in the City.  It is an annual event and was first held in 2005.


In September each year, all schools in the City are contacted and invited to submit work.  The event has attracted entries from up to 60 schools from whose submissions over 1000 paintings have been selected for display.


The Main Exhibition, open for viewing to the Public, is held at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in April or May.  A second exhibition, also open for viewing to all, is held at Sheffield Town Hall and there are a number of spin-off events and representative displays including at ‘Art in The (Botanical) Gardens’ in September and ‘The Great Sheffield Art Show’ (Millennium Gallery 17th - 19th November 2017).



The 2017 Main Exhibition at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre

Award Winners pictured at a Reception at Sheffield Town Hall with the Lord Mayor, Cllr. Denise Fox

A natural progression has been the introduction of a further exhibition, this year with the title 'Arts & Futures', where a selection of paintings produced by senior Sheffield students is displayed in the fine setting of Sheffield Town Hall. The 2017 exhibition dates and times are Wednesday 25th October, 10.00am - 4.00pm and Thursday 26th 10.00am - 3.00pm.


Included are those works which have been submitted to the annual Arts Society (formerly NADFAS) / Royal Society of British Artists competition.


As a result of these submissions, in the past 5 years, five of the paintings have featured in their exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London.


A selection of the paintings displayed in Sheffield Town Hall at the exhibition of senior students' work.

A highlight of the Arts & Futures exhibition, is the Creative Careers’ session, to be held for students pre-booked by schools on Wednesday 25th October between 4.00 and 6.00pm, when representatives from Commerce, Industry, Medicine, Further Education and Creative Industries are available to informally discuss with students the role and value of art in a number of vocations.


Why not call in to the Town Hall during these two days and enjoy some superb work by the talented young people of the City of Sheffield.  Entry is free.  We look forward to seeing you !

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Visitors to the 'Creative Careers' Networking session, January 2017

Joe Scarborough (center, back) gave an inspirational talk to students prior to the networking session.

A wide variety of vocations was covered, including Engineering, Theatrical Costume Making, Sculpture

and Computer Games Design.

A downloadable Programme of Sheffield Young Artists events into 2018 is available below.

SYA Exhibition Programme 2017-18
Sheffield Young Artists Programme 2017.p[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [450.8 KB]

Patrick Smith, October 2017

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