London debut for talented arts pupils

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Students from Chenderit School in Middleton Cheney travelled to London last week to see their own work exhibited in the Mall Gallery.

The artwork formed part of the Royal Society of Artists’ annual National Student Art Exhibition at the gallery, showcasing work by gifted and talented students from schools, colleges and academies across the country.

A photorealistic still life by Philip Brady, a politically charged series of portraits by Verity Babbs and a mixed media still life by Elizabeth Richardson were all included in the exhibition, alongside other young artists at the early stages in their careers.

The exhibition was open to submissions by anyone aged between 11 and 18.

Head of Art at Chenderit, Tom Christy, said: “This is a huge accomplishment for all of the students involved. If you start to imagine just how many paintings are created in schools every year by students up and down the country, you begin to appreciate just what a fantastic achievement this really is.

“Our students always do themselves proud, but this level of success is exceptional. We are very proud of these students, and wish them well with their future art careers.”

“I was absolutely honoured to have my artwork exhibited,” added student Elizabeth Richardson. “Art has been my passion from a young age,and it feels as though my commitment has finally been rewarded.

“The experience has been wonderful, and it drives me to continue to pursue art into further education and as a career.”

Students were invited to attend the private viewing to mark the opening of the exhibition, where they were met by Amanda Cottrell OBE, trustee of Canterbury Cathedral.

Verity Babbs said, “The exhibition was amazing, and to me it was clear evidence of the necessity for continued government support and funding of the arts and of the creative industries. It is difficult to imagine how anyone could tell the talented individuals represented that their work holds no value for our country.”