They’ve got art

Youngsters from the Maple Medical Pupil Referal Unit currently have their artwork displayed in an exhibition at Doncaster Museum. Back L-R are Jack Ruddick, 14, of Dunsville, Jade Herring, 16, of Kirk Sandall, Joshua Fox, 14, of Dunscroft. Front L-R are Warren Randles, 12, of Rossington, Nicholas Simpson, 13, of Conisbrough, and John Stocks, 13, of Hatfield.  Picture: Liz Mockler D1435LM
Youngsters from the Maple Medical Pupil Referal Unit currently have their artwork displayed in an exhibition at Doncaster Museum. Back L-R are Jack Ruddick, 14, of Dunsville, Jade Herring, 16, of Kirk Sandall, Joshua Fox, 14, of Dunscroft. Front L-R are Warren Randles, 12, of Rossington, Nicholas Simpson, 13, of Conisbrough, and John Stocks, 13, of Hatfield. Picture: Liz Mockler D1435LM

THEY hope to be the next Damian Hirst or Tracey Emin, and now the artistic talents of a bunch of youngsters are on show.

For Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery is staging an exhibition of works created by children who attend the Maple Medical Pupil Referral Unit.

In the weeks leading up to the show youngsters learned a number of new skills and studied art forms including landscapes, photography and clay modelling.

Inspiration gathered from the sessions can now be seen in the works on display at the museum in Chequer Road.

Kath Formby, headteacher, said: “The pupils and staff have worked very hard towards this exhibition.

“I am very proud of the quality of work on display and feel this reflects the high expectations and standards within Maple.”

The unit provides education for children who are in hospital, who are too ill to attend school but are not in hospital, those receiving help for mental health issues and pregnant girls.

Work on display is representative of all youngsters at the unit who are aged between five and 16. Coun Eric Tatton-Kelly, cabinet member for children, said: “Well done to everyone who has worked on this exhibition, it is a great chance to celebrate what talented young people we have in Doncaster and I hope lots of people go along and have a look.”

The exhibition is open until January 14.