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Independent Arts have opened new exhibition

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Milltown by Young Carers and Studio Wren

Local arts for well-being charity, Independent Arts, have announced their new exhibition, The History of Newport Mills.

The exhibition is part of Renew Newport, which runs alongside the High Street Heritage Action Zones project, funded by Historic England.

The History of Newport Mills is a combination of a traditional museum-style exhibition, featuring images and historical information, and is supplemented by artwork created as a response to the exhibition. The work has been produced by young people from across the Island including Young Carers, 1st Newport Scouts (Old Guard) and year five and six pupils from St Helen’s Primary School.

Hannah Griffiths, community engagement manager of Independent Arts, said: “The young people’s artwork really complements the exhibition. A working watermill created by Young Carers and Studio Wren brings the mills to life. A 3D map of Newport, created by the Scouts and supported by artist, Vicky Wilson, shows where the mills were located around Newport.

“A collage made by pupils at St Helen’s Primary School has been made using some of the materials made and milled around Newport; the school has been working with artist, Jo James, using a series of artistic mediums including sewing, felting and collograph.”

The exhibition is open daily from 10am–4.30pm (closed Sundays and Bank Holiday) at Independent Arts Creative Hub in Newport’s High Street. Entry is free and will run until June 10.