Penzance Council are looking for budding creative and imaginative artists aged 15 to 19 to be the mayor’s very first Young Artist.

The mayor's Young Artist will provide an opportunity to showcase their creativity and flair to the community of Penzance.

The council are looking for a talented individual, or small group, to create a piece of visual art inspired by the civic year and what Penzance means to them. The final work will be exhibited at Penlee House Gallery & Museum in May 2025.

Cllr Stephen Reynolds, mayor of Penzance, explains: “The Penzance town mayor has traditionally appointed army, police and sea cadets every year, reflecting the importance of these services to the lives of our communities. But art and culture also play a huge role in local life, and that’s why this year we will be appointing our first-ever mayor’s Young Artist.”

During the year as the mayor’s Young Artist, the participant will receive a £500 bursary which will include a one-to-one mentoring session with a professional artist, art materials and travel costs.

There are lots of events that make up the civic year, from Golowan to Remembrance Sunday, which the mayor attends to represent Penzance Council and the local community. The mayor's Young Artist will have the chance to work directly alongside the mayor and attend a variety of exciting local events to inspire their final piece. This could include fine art, photography, pottery, or film.

“There are so many young people living, working and studying in the Penzance parish who are carrying on our great tradition in the visual arts, and this is a way of recognising and rewarding their creativity and inspiration,” said Anna Renton, director of Penlee House. “I’m really looking forward to working with our chosen artist over the year ahead. The Penzance parish has a long tradition of inspiring artists to live and work here, which we tell the story of at Penlee House Gallery & Museum.

“Penlee House is delighted to be able to offer support to the next generation through the mayor’s Young Artist. We’ll provide a link to some mentoring, and we can’t wait to display the artist’s works in the gallery in May 2025.”

To apply online, visit where individuals will need to submit three examples of their work and talk about why they want to be the mayor’s Young Artist. Alternatively, people can email [email protected] telling them why they want to be the mayor's Young Artist, along with their personal details, details of your school/college, and three examples of work. Contact this email for more information, or if people or if you need help with your application.

The closing date for applications is noon on Monday, April 8.