Three A-Level art students from Chenderit School in Middleton Cheney visited London to see their work exhibited in the prestigious Mall Gallery, just off Trafalgar Square.
The students’ work formed part of the Royal Society of Artists annual National Student Art Exhibition, showcasing work by gifted and talented students 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 earliest stages in their careers.
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: For any prospective artist to be able to list “The Mall Gallery” as a place where their work has been exhibited is potentially a career enhancing opportunity. We are very proud of these students, and wish them well with their future art careers. I would like to think that this won’t be the last exhibition we will see these students exhibit their work in.”
Elzabeth Richardson said: “I was absolutely honoured to have my artwork exhibited. 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 view to mark the opening of the exhibition, where they were congratulated 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. We are lucky that our school is very supportive of the arts, but I know there are many schools where this is not the case.”
Amanda Cottrell echoed Verity’s views in her address to the students when she said: “The future of art is in safe hands.”
The exhibition was open until Saturday, July 11.