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On Saturdays throughout February and during half-term GCSE, A-Level, BTEC and Foundation Art students from across the eastern region will be getting help with their exam preparation, with access to free events at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Polar Museum and Whipple Museum for SOURCE 2015. Led by the Fitzwilliam, SOURCE supports GCSE, AS/A Level, BTEC and Foundation Art and Design students as they prepare for their exams.

Students are being invited to get motivated during half-term and try drawing with professional artists in different inspirational collections across the city. Meeting with other young people they will get to explore the beautiful paintings, sculpture, artefacts and objects of the Fitzwilliam and other University of Cambridge collections to get inspiration and ideas.

The free events take place on the first three Saturdays throughout February as well as Tuesday 17 to Friday 20 February during half term. Six professional artists will be on hand during different days to show varied techniques in their specialisms. Staff from the Museum will be advising on how to explore the collections of the University of Cambridge Museums, and offering the Fitzwilliam’s spacious art studio to give students room and time to work on their projects away from home.

Sarah Blake commented: "Working on your exam portfolio at home can be really stressful for a young person. You need a lot of space, and it can feel demoralising to be stuck inside for days at a time to work on it, particularly when there are siblings or relatives, who may not give them the room they need to work. SOURCE has been running for the last eight years and we have aimed to give students a place where they can get inspiration, work with professional artists, try different materials, and most importantly meet with other young people and socialise while they get ideas for their projects."

The Museum will also be offering free bookable slots on Friday 20 February to review BTEC and Art Foundation portfolios with Will Hill, Deputy Head of Cambridge School of Art Anglia Ruskin University with his colleagues and students.

The full programme for SOURCE 2015 is available online.

12 February 2015

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