Next Generation Exhibition Celebrates Local Art Students’ Talents

Next Generation Exhibition Launch

An exhibition of the finest work being created by talented GCSE and A-Level art students from the Ards and North Down Borough has opened at Ards Arts Centre in Newtownards.

The Next Generation art exhibition which is hosted by Ards and North Down Borough Council, will showcase the work of GCSE and A level pupils from nine schools in the Borough: Bangor Academy and Sixth Form College, Regent House, Glastry College, Bangor Grammar, Glenlola Collegiate, Nendrum College, Strangford College, St Columba’s College and Movilla High School.

In the run-up to the Creative Peninsula in August, the exhibition celebrates the wealth of creativity being produced by local students. Recognisable for exuberant talent and vivacious, raw, uncompromising work, the exhibition is an exciting annual event and introduces visitors to the next generation of artists in the local area.

Speaking about Next Generation, The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Alistair Cathcart said: “This exhibition is a fantastic showcase of the very impressive artistic talent that we have in schools across our Borough. It is a great opportunity for these young artists of the future to see their work in a public gallery space and I would encourage everyone to come along and view this wonderful collection of work.”

Amy McKelvey, Community Arts Development Officer said: “This is always a lovely exhibition to curate and every year we are excited to see the incredible work being done in schools throughout the Borough. It is a celebration of our young people and their dedicated teachers, all who have worked so hard over the years to raise the artistic talent of the next generation of artists.

The exhibition was officially opened by The Mayor of Ards and North Down on Thursday, 4 July, and runs until Wednesday 24 July. Admission is free. 

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