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Hosted in the CASC gallery, based in the University’s Kingsway Buildings, this week-long exhibition showcased pupils’  drawing, painting, 3D casting, print making and 3D sculpture work, all of which was inspired by an annual residential arts project entitled Young Artists in Tuscany.

Some 50 pupils and teachers from across Cheshire schools spent a week taking in the sights and art of Florence, Siena, San Gimigniano, Arezzo, Sepulcro and Monterchi. The resulting work was on display from May 11 to 18.

The study was coordinated by Queen’s Park High School and Helsby High School supported by Art Consultant, Pauline Renshaw, who explained: “The Young Artists in Tuscany project is a valued tradition and spans many years with the involvement of a significant number of teachers and students.

“The week is a whirlwind of unique first hand experiences, of drawing, painting, making, talking, looking and evaluating with ample measures of steep learning curves, frustration, a new culture, new friends, eating pasta, untidy rooms, gelato and talking well into the night.”

Professor Neil Grant, director of CASC, said: “The exhibition really captures the excitement and enthusiasm of the students, reveals their working process and contains very accomplished painting, textiles work and photography that particularly captures the joy of the project.”

“This is a great opportunity for the Department of Art and Design to work within the wider community and is very much in keeping with the ethos of CASC. We hope this new development will bring contemporary art to the attention of the Chester public and inspire the community as well as students and staff working in the Department.”