Banksy’s of Tomorrow: Yate students showcase talent in heritage centre art exhibition

Metro Mayor Dan Norris is encouraging visitors to take a look at local children’s artwork being showcased at Yate and District Heritage Centre (Church Lane, Yate, Bristol BS37 5BG), this Children’s Art Week.

The exhibition featuring work from 27 Yate students from Yate Academy can be seen at the Victorian stables-turned-heritage until Wednesday 6 July.

With drawings, watercolours, collage, photography and more adorning the walls, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the exhibition. Alongside the Yate pieces, there is also work from other schools including Blaise College in Henbury, with 86 pieces overall.

Before seeing the brand-new exhibition, the Mayor met with curator David Hardill to discuss how local attractions, like Yate and District Heritage Centre, are bouncing back from the pandemic. The centre was closed from March 2020 to July 2021 but since reopening has welcomed over 1,600 visitors through its doors as well as providing education sessions for over 300 schoolchildren.

Metro Mayor Dan Norris who is running an Explore Local campaign encouraging people to rediscover all the brilliant West of England has to offer praised the standard of work on display at the much-loved heritage centre. He said: “Thank you to Yate and District Heritage Centre for inviting me. So many young people love doing art at school and this exhibition is a great opportunity for them to show off their talent and a brilliant reason for local people to ‘explore local’. Maybe you’ll be one of the first to see the work of a the next budding banksy!”.

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