Art for Youth celebrates 25 years

It’s all about art at the moment as everyone waits for Frieze Art Fair to roll into town. Just as exciting are the spin-off shows, like the Serpentine Gallery one (below).  Another brilliant event, celebrating it’s 25th year, is the Art For Youth show at the Royal College of Art. A selection committee chooses the art and every year discovers fresh talent. For collectors it is a great opportunity to see new artists and pick up a painting or sculpture for as little as £200. You can also buy mystery postcards, whose makers will be revealed after the show, for as little as £30. Nothing is sold for more than £4,000 and 35% of the commission goes to the charity UK Youth which targets the one million British children not in education or training. Among other things, the charity funds hands-on teaching of practical subjects in small groups. 

During its existence Art for Youth has shown and sold works by amazing artists like Colin Willey and Afshin Naghouni and in the process given well over £1million to UK Youth. It started its life in the Mall gallery and nobody thought it would carry on, even though that first exhibition had people queuing down the street. Now it has moved to the larger Kensington space, but best to go on Thursday during the day, it is free then and you’ll find more elbow space. Creative director Caitlin Mavroleon first saw the show when her mother, Ann (now the event organiser) exhibited in it 24 years ago. “Look out for the three installations by Cassandra Constant, Hannah Campion and  a collaboration between Alexandra Kostakis and Anne-Sorya-Fitte,” says Mavroleon. “They were just awarded the opportunity to do an installation to honour the Bloomsbury Group, in Bloomsbury Square. Amazing for 20 year olds”.  Its an opportunity to find not just student art. A lot of professional artists donate art works, including the landscape painter James Naughton. It is on Wednesday 10th October, 6-9pm £15 advance or £18 on door, Thursday 11th October 11am-3pm free or 6-9pm £12.50 advance, £15 on door, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore. Buy tickets at  www.artforyouth.com   Mary-Lu

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