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36 young people, three artists and 11 youth workers from The Alston Lane Arts Group have enjoyed making art together at The Dennis Healey Centre in Seacroft.  Taking inspiration from gallery artworks, young people have created experimental drawings or made a giant colourful artwork of colour stories about their favourite things. 

Outcomes of the workshops (led by artist Nichola Pemberton and Gallery staff) will be taken to Leeds Art Gallery where they will be looked over by a Young Curators group in July – with the best pieces selected for display in the gallery August  – September 2010. 

For full details on the Open Show competition, entry forms and workshop sessions visit Leeds Art Gallery’s website http://www.leeds.gov.uk or call 0113 247 8256.

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Find Your Talent are funding and supporting an innovative project that was piloted in May 2009 at Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery. 

The Young Curators project is a unique opportunity that connects young people aged 16 – 19 interested in art, design and museums to an ambitious programme of activities including creating their own exhibition. Through FYT support Young Curators is now able to build on the successes of its first year and engage more young people in this vibrant project. 

During the project – which ran for nine months – six young people from the Leeds area visited exhibitions, took part in workshops, and organised an inspirational event at the Leeds Met Gallery, titled It’s Not The End Of The World . 

The group of aspiring curators and artists worked together alongside experienced gallery staff and freelance artists (and curators) producing an exhibition that borrowed work from the Arts Council Collection and related works by Yorkshire artists. 

Taking part in Young Curators helps to build confidence, develops skills in public speaking, research, project management and writing. It can also provide an invaluable hands-on approach to event management and planning. 

For further information please contact:  Shelley Hollingdrake, Education & Projects Officer, Leeds Met Gallery & Studio Theatre 0113 812 9165

What was FYT?

Find Your Talent was a national programme to explore new ways of opening up cultural and creative opportunities to young people. Leeds was one of the ten FYT Pathfinders in England.

The programme was led by Leeds City Council and Education Leeds, working closely together and with the city's cultural and community sectors to find ways for more young people to participate in the cultural life of the city.

FYT was funded to operate between 2008-2011 but its legacy in Leeds continues through activities under the Breeze banner, as well as other initiatives.