The votes are open for the new sculpture of Robert Owen made by the young people of the Powys

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People have the opportunity to vote for a piece of art created by talented Newtown area teens that they would like to see in full size.

Eight young artists saw their shortlisted works and the public was invited to celebrate their achievements with an exhibition at the Newtown Library throughout January.

Mid Wales Arts said: “To mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Owen, the famous social reformer born and deceased in Newtown, young people from the area have been invited to join the Sculpteen Summer 21 program of Mid Wales Arts (MWA ) to create a sculpture that would reflect his spirit, energy and heritage.

“They were supported by members of the MWA team, Sculpture Cymru and the Robert Owen Museum. We were able to do this with the support of the Arts Council of Wales and the Oriel Davies Gallery.

“We have selected eight final pieces and ask the audience to celebrate the achievements of these talented young people by voting for the piece they would like to see made in full size.”

The eight shortlisted pieces include a broken man in clay, ceramic hands, dancers, and the supernatural.

Twenty local youth aged 11-18 were introduced to a wide range of sculpture, materials and techniques over four weeks over the summer. They learned how to tackle a three-dimensional challenge, with quick sketching sessions, making small models, making frames to support their work, and how to scale them.

The Caersws-based art center added: “They had a talk at the Robert Owen Museum and we talked about his legacy, how he managed to influence society, the kind of man he was. , issues he might want to change now, and how we might interpret his ideas to improve the world today. ”

The owner of a textile factory, Robert Owen, was born in Newtown on May 14, 1771. He is known worldwide for wanting to create a more just society by improving the working and living conditions of his workers, and his work led to the development of the cooperative movement. .

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