A GROUP of young artists took up the challenge to create an exhibition to inspire visitors to the business hub and encourage entrepreneurial thinking.

Sixteen students took this task to their hearts and generated an impressive exhibition of photographic, watercolour and oil works.

They were asked to consider the values of Newtown’s new Enterprise Hub - Community, Collaboration, Entrepreneurship and Innovation – and find a way to represent them as a vibrant community.

Holly Jones, engagement coordinator for the Enterprise Hub said: “To say no two pieces are the same is a massive understatement.

"We have been blown away by the skill level and innovation of design that the students have shown here.

"Our exhibition will run for twelve months in our workshop space in our enterprise hub; we are so excited to share it and hope it will inspire our entrepreneurs to develop and grow vibrant businesses.”

More than 40 visitors attended the exhibition launch and voted for their favourite piece of work.

Ellis Hamilton’s incredible series of photographs entitled ‘Landscapes of Wonder’ was the event winner and his work will be featured by the hub on their website and social media channels.

All artists who contributed their work for the exhibition will have their pieces displayed in the hub this year, bringing that ‘Vibrancy of Community’ to the Enterprise Hub at the 140 year old Royal Welsh Warehouse building.

The launch was supported by Russell George, AM and national artist Osian Gwent who came to show their support to the local students. Newtown artist Neil Stewart – currently receiving entrepreneurial support from the hub – showed his support for the event by offering free caricatures for attendees, which were very well received.

Osian and Neil will be visiting students at NPTC College to talk about their experience creating careers in the art world.

The team at the enterprise hub would like to thank everyone who attended, with special thanks to both staff and students from NPTC Newtown College’s Art and Design Department for their hard work and dedication to the project.

The Focus Enterprise Hub Newtown is based in the Pryce Jones Building, Newtown.

It is a three year programme part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

The project is managed by Business in Focus, a social enterprise that provides business advice, support, accommodation and funding. www.businessinfocus.co.uk