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Cardiff Met Creative Exhibition displaying work from school children across South Wales now open

News | 20 June 2024

Over 50 schools across South Wales are taking part in the annual Creative Exhibition at Cardiff Metropolitan University this week.

Now in its seventh year, the Creative Exhibition launched in 2017 and celebrates the creativity and talent of young artists and designers, showcasing a diverse range of projects and artworks.

The Cardiff School of Art & Design and Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy work collaboratively to provide a platform for schools to share work with each other, parents and the wider public in a purpose-built exhibition space.

Samantha Rutledge, Head of Art at The Bridge School based in Bridgend, said: “This is our fourth year attending The Creative Exhibition at Cardiff Met. The event allows students the opportunity to recognise and celebrate their own and other’s achievements. Learners now have a greater understanding of careers and the world of work in the creative sector, with approximately 20% of our students going on to study Level 2 Art & Design or similar creative courses. Learners have become more ambitious and more confident leading to overcoming barriers that are personal to them, giving them goals and a purpose for their future.”

Jason Davies is Senior Lecturer in Education at Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy at Cardiff Met, and is also responsible for initiating the Creative Exhibition, said: “This year’s exhibition promises to be a particularly ambitious event, with an outstanding selection of work on display for the public to see from art and design pupils at primary and secondary schools.

“It is great to see the exhibition continue to go from strength to strength each year, with the largest number of participants showcasing works at the exhibition in 2024. It is also an excellent opportunity for the community to come together and appreciate the dedication and innovation of our students. Thank you to all the teachers and pupils who have given up time again this year to make the event happen.”

The Creative Exhibition is held in the Cardiff School of Art & Design at Cardiff Met’s Llandaff campus. It opens on Thursday 20 June and will run until Wednesday 26 June between 10am – 5pm Monday to Friday. The public are welcome to pop in and do not need to book in advance.

A year 11 pupil from The Bridge School reflected on seeing their work: “Going to Cardiff Met’s Creative Exhibition and seeing my work displayed with a message placed next to it saying, ‘We Love Your Work’, from the BA (Hons) Fashion Design team has inspired me to continue working hard. I hope to do A Level art and maths at a local sixth form and eventually go to university.”