TALENTED artists from the age of four to 19 showed off their work last night to family and friends at a special one-day public exhibition.

The Bradford Council Summer Art Exhibition has become a regular event and is an opportunity for hundreds of pupils to show their creativity and talent.

Their work has been on display to staff who work at the Future House council office on Bolling Road, Bradford.

Work ranges from nursery-age children to A-level pupils and covers a wide range of mediums and styles.

A council spokesman said that, over the years, many artists had sold their artwork as a result of the exhibition.

Tony Johnson, head of Bradford Council’s Music & Arts Service, said: "The standard and quality of the work which our talented young people produce is fantastic.

"Thousands of people have benefitted from the works of art which have adorned the walls of Future House for many years."

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council’s executive member for education, skills and culture, said: "These ever-popular exhibitions have been an amazing opportunity for our talented young people to show off their talent and creativity ever since they started nine years ago.

"These evenings are great family events which allow our young people to receive the recognition they deserve for the excellent work they have created."

Entertainment throughout the evening was provided by a dance group from Iqra Academy.

In the primary age range, the winner was Laiba Mahboob, of Miriam Lord Community School, for a piece called Abstract Inspired by Music.

In the secondary age range, the winner was Lois Brook, of Titus Salt School, for Paper Cut Lion.

Lois, 17, spent about eight hours creating her piece of art. Her mum Sue said: "Every parent should buy their children a box of crayons for Christmas."

Runners-up in the secondary category were Shamila Kauser, of Belle Vue Girls' School, and Olivia Chadwick, of Titus Salt School.

Special joint awards went to Tracks School for Lowry Inspired Work and to Idle Arts Studio for Abstract Mixed Media. Zoe McHugh, nine, was among artists who attend Idle Arts Studio who picked up the joint award.

A special joint award also went to Iqra Primary Academy for Rainforest Textile.

Jamie Gill, of St Francis' Catholic Primary School, won a special award for "collaborating and working extremely hard on a piece of art."

The visually impaired award was given to Junaid Hannaan Mahmood, who attends Dixons Kings Academy.

A spokesman for the exhibition said: "The judges found the task very difficult due to what they described as the outstanding quality of work.

"The creators of the chosen pieces received prizes sponsored by the department of children's services at Bradford Council."

The exhibition is the 19th to be staged at Future House. Work from 27 educational establishments was exhibited throughout the building.