Young artists’ big chance to go public

Katie Suthers (pictured), 23, is a final year student at Blackburn University Centre and she is delighted to have one of her photographs displayed on a bus stop
Katie Suthers (pictured), 23, is a final year student at Blackburn University Centre and she is delighted to have one of her photographs displayed on a bus stop

Young artists are exhibiting their work in unusual spaces – bus stops to book shops and cafes to corner shops – in a new youth project.

Currently 11 artists have been chosen to have their work displayed in 11 locations across East Lancashire, and the project is now taking new submissions for December and January.

The project, called somewhereto_FRAMED, has been organised by somewhereto_, a UK-wide project delivered in the North West by Culturapedia and funded by a £7m grant from the Big Lottery Fund

It is open to artists aged 16-25 and has already seen their artworks pop up in a variety of unconventional locations last month.

So far the 11 artists whose work has been exhibited, featuring a range of different art forms and styles, are: Ryan Garry, Tarryn Harriet, Rachel Hartley, Daisy Hilliard, Nathan Caldecott, Claire Doyle, Adam Findlay, Antonia Hennerley, Charlotte Bickett, Kirstie Gilleade and Katie Suthers.

Sophie Skellern, the project’s engagement coordinator, said: “It can be really difficult for young artists to get their work out there for the public to see, so we wanted to give them the opportunity to do that.

“It’s also great to have artwork in places you wouldn’t normally expect to see it as it opens it up to a whole new audience. We’re currently taking submissions for January so we’d encourage anyone interested to get in touch.”

Katie Suthers, 23, a final year student at Blackburn University Centre, said: “ It’s fantastic to have such a huge audience from the location it’s in and the project is really helping to get my name out there.”

Submissions for new work have been accepted for December and are now open for January. Anyone aged between 16-25 is eligible to enter. For more information email sophie@somewhereto.org