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Grant bids free art sessions to over 300 youngsters

Published on Tuesday, November 8, 2016

MORE than 300 school children from across the city and county have been given the opportunity to take part in free art sessions at New Walk Museum.

Leicester City Council's museums services secured a grant of over £2,000 from The Eridge Trust - a charitable trust which encourages young people to appreciate and enjoy art - to undertake the sessions.

The 90-minute workshops take place in the Victorian Art Gallery and are aimed at getting young people engaged in fine art, gain confidence in looking and evaluating paintings and completing their own pieces of artwork.

The sessions will run until March 2017 and 300 children from 10 city and county primary schools are taking part in the project.

Assistant city mayor for culture, leisure and sport, Cllr Piara Singh Clair, said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to experience and deepen their knowledge and engagement with fine art.

"Our museum staff are passionate about what they do and will be able to share this, along with years of experience with the youngsters."

Lisa Jacques, learning officer, arts and museums service, is coordinating the project.

Lisa said: "Art has many benefits - it encourages creativity, open-mindedness, critical thinking, and problem solving, as well as understanding how to observe, interpret, and analyse.

"Thanks to the funding, it's fantastic that this group of young people will get an opportunity to learn new skills and develop existing ones through art."