Young Artists in Tuscany


Art created by pupils from Cheshire West & Chester, Cheshire east and Warrington schools, will be exhibited at Contemporary Arts Space Chester (CASC) this week as the Young Artists in Tuscany exhibition opens.

Hosted in the CASC gallery, based in the University’s Kingsway Buildings, this week-long exhibition will showcase pupils’  drawing, painting, 3D casting, print making and 3D sculpture work, all of which was inspired by an annual residential arts project entitled Young Artists in Tuscany.

Last year some 50 pupils and teachers from across Cheshire schools spent a week taking in the sights and art of Florence, Siena, San Gimigniano, Arezzo, Sepulcro and Monterchi. The resulting work will be on display from Friday May 11 to 18.

This year’s study has been coordinated by Queen’s Park High School and Helsby High School supported by Art Consultant, Pauline Renshaw, who explained: “The Young Artists in Tuscany project is a valued tradition and spans many years with the involvement of a significant number of teachers and students.

“The week is a whirlwind of unique first hand experiences, of drawing, painting, making, talking, looking and evaluating with ample measures of steep learning curves, frustration, a new culture, new friends, eating pasta, untidy rooms, gelato and talking well into the night.”

Professor Neil Grant, director of CASC, said: “The exhibition really captures the excitement and enthusiasm of the students, reveals their working process and contains very accomplished painting, textiles work and photography that particularly captures the joy of the project.”

“This is a great opportunity for the Department of Art and Design to work within the wider community and is very much in keeping with the ethos of CASC. We hope this new development will bring contemporary art to the attention of the Chester public and inspire the community as well as students and staff working in the Department.”

The exhibition is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free. For more information about CASC visit or call 01244 515870.