Landmarks in Wantage and Grove inspire young artists

The Oxford Times: King Alfred's statue in Wantage King Alfred's statue in Wantage

WANTAGE’S youngest artists are holding their first exhibition this week.

Pint-sized painters, aged between two and four have had their works hung in the town’s Victoria Cross Gallery.

The paintings are all of Wantage and Grove landmarks, and the show is a new public art and performance initiative from the Wantage Town Team.

The team, funded for a year-long project to boost town trade, is looking to encourage opportunities for locals of all ages to display examples of their art work or perform music or theatre in the town.

Anya Bell, two, who painted a picture inspired by Wantage's old tramway station said: “I love painting and using glue. I enjoyed painting my train and making flowers.”

Anabelle Bright, two, who painted a picture around King Alfred’s statue, said: “Making lots of mess is fun; we get to splash the paint with the brushes and our hands.”

The idea of having childrens’ paintings on show was the brainchild of creative designer Natalie Bright, of kids’ creative workshop, Art Haus Club.

She said: “We had great fun experimenting with lots of different mark making materials, chalk, pens, scrapers, rollers and paint.

“The little ones produced artwork with lots of sticking and gluing to create an abstract collage representation of a Wantage and Grove landmarks.

“Hopefully they’ll inspire some creativity and activity by encouraging others to check out the local places to visit and see.”

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