Talented youngsters put their art on show

Judges Danielle Puttick and Chris Blade choose their favourites from the exhibition of young people's work at Washington Arts Centre as part of the young achiever's awards.
Judges Danielle Puttick and Chris Blade choose their favourites from the exhibition of young people's work at Washington Arts Centre as part of the young achiever's awards.
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TALENTED teenagers have been picking up their paintbrushes for a new exhibition.

Visitors to Arts Centre Washington can now check out the fruits of the youngsters’ labour in the Youth Arts Exhibition.

Running until January 31, the display is part of the city’s highly acclaimed Young Achievers Awards initiative, which is now in its 18th year. 

Young people aged 11 to 20 from the Sunderland and Washington area were invited to submit their artwork to be displayed in the exhibition.

This year the arts centre received a massive response including paintings, drawings, sculptures and photography from schools, youth groups and individuals from all over the city. A special preview of the exhibition was held last week when the winners were announced.

The exhibition was judged by an independent panel comprising arts professionals, exhibition sponsors and past winners of the exhibition.

There were two categories – 11 to 14 years and 15 to 20 – and five winners were announced in each. Each winner received a Young Achievers’ trophy and fridge magnets featuring their winning picture.