Showcase of artworks by local apprentices

Young apprentices are set to unveil a spectacular showcase of handmade art and streetscape pieces created for the home or public environment.

Jak Forrester with a selection of the artworks piecesThe talented teenagers from PM Training, a social enterprise that tackles worklessness among young people, have combined their skills and talents to create an impressive range of bespoke contemporary pieces.

More than 60 businesses in Stoke-on-Trent have been invited to the prestigious exhibition which launches at Burslem School of Art on September 21.

The event, showcasing exclusive items including metal and wooden sculptures, board room and reception art, mosaics and murals, is also open to members of the public from 22-30 September.

Daniel Cutter, aged 17, from Fenton, is looking forward to seeing his work on show.

The teenager, who left school with few qualifications, was given a life-changing opportunity by PM Training and has worked alongside tutors to hone his talent.

“Art has always been a passion of mine but I didn’t really know what to do with it,” said Daniel.

“I didn’t for one second imagine that I could make a career from it. To see my work in and around the community really is a great feeling.”

Every Artworks commission created by a PM Training apprentice is unique and locally produced.

The product range, which includes high quality home, garden and street furniture as well as impressive pieces of art such as the potters wheel sculpture outside Central Forest Park and the famous swans at Trentham, can be seen throughout Staffordshire.

Will Nixon, Chief Executive of PM Training, said: “We have already had a huge response to Artworks with over 30 commissioned pieces.

“The opportunities are endless and our service has a proven track record in enhancing the environment.

“At the same time, Artworks gives talented, young people a vital opportunity – everybody wins.”

Hannah Barter, Project Development Manager at Urban Vision, said: “As an organisation Urban Vision has a charitable aim to promote high quality work through apprenticeships. Artworks is therefore a perfect scheme for us to support.

“The quality of the art from PM Training apprentices is of such a high standard that it withstands a competitive marketplace.

“We are very keen to promote Artworks through this exhibition.”

She added: “It is both inspiring and encouraging to see young people so passionate and determined to invest their skills in the local communities. It is very rewarding to share their sense of civic pride.”

The Artworks exhibition will be held in partnership with sponsors Urban Vision North Staffordshire, the architecture and urban design centre, who are based at Burslem School of Art.

For more information please contact Debbie Lightfoot at PM training on 01782 279121.