Heart of the Young art

16:00, Dec 12 2013
FUTURE CONNOISSUERS: The Young siblings, from left: Robert, 7, Charlie, 8, and Jake, 4, with the prints they chose at last year’s Muka Youth Prints exhibition at Uxbridge, Howick’s Creative Centre.

In a world where adults rule and age restrictions are going up, Uxbridge, Howick's Creative Centre, is bucking the trend and giving the power back to the young with its exhibition, Muka Youth Prints. The exhibition of original lithographs from a number of well-known international artists is open only to those under 18 years of age. Reporter Rose Cawley talked to the Young family who went along last year.

They are a tad young to be connoisseurs just yet but these kids' love for art is certainly taking off.

Howick mother Amy Young says it has always been important that her three children have an appreciation of art.

She says it is something that her parents passed on to her.

"My parents were always really into art. My mum, even when she used to have no money, used to make art out of mascara or pencil, she did lots of sketching."

So naturally as Mrs Young grew up she surrounded herself with art.


"We have nice art in our house and I just know how much I love it," she says.

"There is something about having your own book, or having your own art. It is not the same as it being someone else's.

"It is really special and I thought the kids should experience that," she says.

And so Mrs Young took her children along to the Muka Youth Prints exhibition at Uxbridge creative centre.

She says it was a bit nerve-racking handing the reins over to her children, especially Jake who was only 3 at the time.

"Emma takes them through and I was standing out there thinking ‘what is he going to choose, this is a 3-year-old picking something and it has to be hung up in our house'," she says.

"We have lots of their art up too but I like what they make because I know that they've made it, this was a different feeling."

But she says everyone left the exhibition happy.

"They were all lovely prints. It was really telling about each person and what they chose. Charlie with the sort of fairytale images, and Jake was really into spiders at that time so I think his choice has to do with that."

Four-year-old Jake says his print from last year is a "tiny bit nice" and he is ready to add to his collection again this year.

But Amy does have a snippet of advice for parents considering taking their kids along to the exhibition.

"Get the print framed then and there,"' she says.

"Then you can just come home and hang it on the wall."

The exhibition is on today from 9am to 4.30pm and tomorrow, December 14, from 9.30am to 1.30pm at Uxbridge creative centre, 35 Uxbridge Rd, Howick.

Eastern Courier