The exhibition, held at Belpers’ ‘Number 28’ community room during the half-term weekend, enabled children and young people from six schools along with a Belper Scout Group, to showcase their art.
Some 110 exhibits including, art, cartoons, writing (prose and poetry) and photography went on display.
Each of the age groups; junior (up to 10), intermediate (11-13) and senior 14-17) contributed to the exhibition which wowed both judges and the many visitors alike.
YOU-CREATE was formally opened by Pauline Latham MP who said during her opening speech: “Young people have a bad press much of the time, but you can see from what they’ve done here, there are some really committed and brilliant young people.”
Pauline Latham MP was introduced by Rotary President Peter Hurst, who said: “The young people really worked hard to produce creative pieces in so many ways. I’m a professional photographer with an understanding of creating something interesting and I was blown away by the talent on show here at YOU-CREATE.”
Judge Cathy Grinrod, a Heanor-based poet said of the exhibits: “What a joyful experience it was to visit the exhibition and to see and read the array of vibrant, colourful work. The judges’ thoughtful comments about the pieces of artwork and writing made it even more special. Such talent in one place!”
The winning poem, under the theme of Peace, composed by Siya Chopra of Ecclesbourne School, was read and commented on by many visitors and an excellent example of all the pieces submitted.
Although the exhibition at Belpers ‘Number 28’ community room was staffed by adults, four members of the Rotary Interact group at Ecclesbourne School helper throughout the weekend.