Teenaged Redgrave artist earns exhibition debut in Diss

Felix Tooth, 16, of Redgrave, with one of his sculptures, ahead of the start of his exhibition at Designermakers21 in Diss.

Felix Tooth, 16, of Redgrave, with one of his sculptures, ahead of the start of his exhibition at Designermakers21 in Diss.

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A 16-year-old aspiring artist from north Suffolk says his first ever exhibition at a Diss arts shop will serve as a ‘fantastic opportunity’ for him.

Felix Tooth, of Fen Street in Redgrave, began an exhibition of his sculptures and prints at Designermakers21 yesterday, as part of his Silver Arts Award, a national qualification supporting young people in their creative endeavours.

“Having this opportunity to showcase my work is fantastic. Putting on an exhibition is a real challenge, and I’m really looking forward to seeing my work in a professional setting,” said Felix, who hopes to study art and design at college later this year.

The teenager has been meeting with other young people at the St Nicholas Street-based shop in recent weeks, working on arts challenges, reviewing arts events, researching artists and delivering an arts leadership project, all towards acquiring his Level 2 award, managed by Trinity College London.

Felix’s mother Judith said he had been making art “since he was little” and described the exhibition as a “great learning experience”.

She told the Diss Express: “Felix has loved art all his life and has an amazing talent.

“It’s what he’s always wanted to do. In his mind, he knows what he wants to create.

“It’s great that he has got this chance.”

Felix’s works were developed with the help of local artists David Whatley and Jenny Goater, and most items will be on sale during the exhibition.

Clare Birks, from Designermakers21 said: “We are delighted to support the Arts Award programme and ethos providing Arts Award participants in Diss with a workshop space every week to meet, and assisting young people by providing free exhibition space and mentoring support.”

The exhibition is scheduled to run in the store, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 10am until 5pm, up to and including Saturday, June 25.

For additional information, visit the shop’s website at www.designermakers21.co.uk or alternatively, you can search for ‘Designermakers21’ on Facebook.