Romsey Mill's Step-Up, alternative education, students presented their Arts Award work at an exhibition at Cambridge Arts Salon in April. The young people, aged 14-16, had painted powerful portraits and landscapes under the tuition of artists Rob Wiseman and Jamie New of Ghettowise, as they worked towards their Level 1 Arts Awards.
Step-Up students are struggling to engage with mainstream education and the courses aim to improve the aspirations and confidence of learners and to give them opportunities to achieve.
The young people invited friends and family along to a private view and were pleased by the response to their mountain landscapes and portraits of famous figures from the music industry. One parent said, 'This is amazing! I never thought he could do this. It's going up in the lounge.' Another texted to say, 'C has just told me she passed her arts award. I'm really proud of her. You do wonderful work. Thank you.'
Cambridge Arts Salon's Director, Ruthie Collins, said, 'The Cambridge Arts Salon is really happy to give young artists the chance to show their work to family, friends and the community. Romsey Mill do excellent work and it's a pleasure to be able to support them once again. This show is a real insight into what can be achieved when young people are given support in the pursuit of art and creative excellence.'