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Watford Market supporting young local artistic talent to exhibit and sell their works

With the exciting new improvements nearly complete at Watford Market, many small businesses within the town have been joining the team, and this month art and design students at West Herts College joined the ranks to help exhibit their work and sell their items.

An exciting time for the market, with improvements including brand-new signage, improved entrances, renovation of the containers, as well as new branding and a planting scheme, the addition of the young local artistic talent at Watford Market will help enhance the lively, social and creative atmosphere.

The college have been provided with free use of a unit within the indoor market, and this unique space will allow the students to thrive and offer a great space for the community to enjoy local art. Their first exhibition last week (19-22 October) celebrated Black History Month, with a postcard exhibition celebrating the figures, movements, popular culture, film, music, art and events – past and present, who bring great richness to them and our society.

The original postcard artworks raised money for the Watford African Caribbean Association to support their youth club, Thrive, to help and support the town’s young black community.

Naomi, Level 3 Fine Art Student at West Herts College said: “This project allows awareness to be raised for Black History Month which is incredibly important, as it celebrates people from African and Caribbean backgrounds whom have been an essential part of British history. Having the opportunity to showcase my work in an exhibition is an achievement. Also knowing that it can help other people, by the money going to charity, is another positive outcome from it.”

Freya, Level 3 Fine Art Student at West Herts College said: “Creating art for Black History Month helps celebrate the history of important people and events in a positive way. I'm glad that I can show my work in an exhibition and have been able to make work that will contribute to a charity.”

For more information, including profiles of all the traders operating and upcoming exhibitions, please visit www.watfordmarket.co.uk.

You can also follow the dedicated social media channels at facebook.com/watfordtownmarket and instagram.com/watfordtownmarket.