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Art Matters exhibition showcases work from Newham’s young people

PUBLISHED: 09:03 10 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:03 10 July 2018

Connor Marsh from Hallsville Primary School in Canning Town, looking very pleased with his work. Picture:  Ken Mears

Connor Marsh from Hallsville Primary School in Canning Town, looking very pleased with his work. Picture: Ken Mears

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An exhibition celebrating the work of Newham’s students has opened at the University of East London (UEL).

The exhibition hopes to display the future of art and design. Picture:  Ken MearsThe exhibition hopes to display the future of art and design. Picture: Ken Mears

People have flocked to the Art Matters exhibition, which is an annual showcase of work from children aged four to 18 in the borough.

The free exhibit is funded by the University of the Arts and UEL, and is designed to show the impact art and design has on children’s development.

Catherine McGill, who has worked on the project since it began in 1999, said: “The show is a great chance for students to see their work in a gallery setting alongside other artists at different levels.

“It’s an opportunity to see how their own skills might progress and to get inspired by new ideas.”

Visitors are able to see work created by children from across Newham. Picture:  Ken MearsVisitors are able to see work created by children from across Newham. Picture: Ken Mears

There was work on show from 2,000 students from 50 educational establishments, including schools, Saturday masterclasses, colleges and universities.

The exhibition will run until this Friday from 10am to 5.30pm daily.

Work was on show from children aged four to 18. Picture:  Ken MearsWork was on show from children aged four to 18. Picture: Ken Mears

The exhibition explores the contribution art makes to student's general development. Picture:  Ken MearsThe exhibition explores the contribution art makes to student's general development. Picture: Ken Mears

One of the artists, Ayat Hussain from Hallsville School in Canning Town. Picture:  Ken MearsOne of the artists, Ayat Hussain from Hallsville School in Canning Town. Picture: Ken Mears

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