More than 300 artworks created by local schoolchildren are set to go on display at Bristol Aquarium at the weekend.

Ten primary, infant, pre-prep and special schools are taking part in the event, which has been organised by Young Art Bristol to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

The theme of this year’s exhibition is: ‘Space and the Cosmos – celebrating 50 years of Human Flight in Space’.

The exhibition, which is free to view, will be held in the foyer area of the Harbourside aquarium. Viewing is between 10am-5pm on Saturday, September 17th – Sunday, September 18th.

All exhibited pieces of art are for sale and there will be a silent bidding auction taking place between 10am on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday where people can simply write down their name and bid at the side of each piece of art.

All money raised from the auction will go towards the charity.

Young Art Bristol 2011 is hoping to raise in excess of £5,000 for Cancer Research UK for its research into the genetic causes of cancer in children.

Young Art Bristol’s Maggie May Hughes said: “The concept is brilliantly simple as all the work is voluntary and all materials required to mount the exhibition are donated which allows the overheads to be minimal. Therefore virtually all of the money raised goes direct to the charity.

“The Young Art Organisers have been really impressed by the number of entries and we have in excess of 300 pieces of art.

“We would like to thank all schools for participating. We would especially like to thank Ashley Down Infants School and Summerhill Infants School for their outstanding contribution,” she added.

All students who entered made a voluntary donation of £1 and prizes will be awarded for First, Second, Third and Highly Commended in each age category.

Bristol Aquarium’s David Waines said: “To have such a wonderful exhibition here at the aquarium which has been created by local schoolchildren is absolutely fantastic.

“The standard of entry is extremely high and the exhibition will make a fantastic add free attraction in our foyer over the weekend. The fact that it is also raising funds for such a worthwhile cause makes it a must-see event!” he added