Young artists bag Kids Are Alright Challenge nomination after successful exhibition

THE dedicated organisers behind a month-long exhibition celebrating Fenland’s young artistic talent have been rewarded with a Kids Are Alright Challenge nomination.

Maddie Rumbelow, 18, and Beth Keeley, 13, combined forces with Brandon Mattless - a previous Kids Are Alright nominee - and art promoters Atelier East to help stage the exhibition last month.

More than 50 pieces of art from 26 different young artists were on show at Wisbech Museum - attracting hundreds of visitors over the course of the month. The eventual winner of Best in Show was GCSE student Jacob Chapman for his entry entitled ‘Poppy’.

Karen Harvey, artistic director at Atelier East, said: “It was a fantastic exhibition. None of them could have organised it as individuals. They work brilliantly as a team.

“They are now putting together a bid to try to get more funding to carry on the young artists project in future.”

Maddie volunteers one afternoon a week with Atelier East, helping them promote art to young people across the Fens. She is also running Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research.

Thomas Clarkson Community College student Beth designed the logo for the exhibition trophy and has hosted two workshops of her own for young children.

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Miss Harvey said: “Maddie is great at helping the younger ones - acting as a bit of a role model. Beth has a really good way of working with children and she wants to continue working in art when she gets older.”

• The young organisers are the first April nomination for the Kids Are Alright Challenge but there is still time to reward more young stars from across Fenland.

To nominate a youth group or individual fill in the coupon on the Kids Are Alright section of our website. Alternatively, e-mail - put Kids Are Alright in the message line and be sure to include your contact details.

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