Four exceptional Truro art students are currently having their work displayed at the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) Annual Exhibition 2015 in the Mall Gallery, Central London.
Erin Lee and Lynus Lau from Truro School, along with Stanley Welch and Elisha Keyworth from Truro College, are four of only 20 students across the entire country to have their work displayed at the prestigious event.
In getting their work recognised all four students are now able to use the title ‘RBA Scholar’ after their names, a label that adds significant weight to their CVs.
Launched on 11 March, the exhibition will now run until 21 March and is open to all members of the public.
Organised by The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS), and the RBA, the exhibition is designed to showcase art of a high level allowing students to have their work displayed alongside pieces from professional artists.
Valerie MacLeod, Young Arts Representative for the Decorative and Fine Arts Society said: “This is a very prestigious exhibition. The students at Truro School and Truro College have done exceptionally well to get their work featured, not just this year, but in previous years too.”
The exhibition displayed a range of both modern and abstract pieces, including paintings and sculptures from students around the country.
Truro School’s Erin produced an oil painting of her younger sister whilst Lynus also used the same medium for his painting titled Artist at Work.
Lynus is the only Truro student to have two works exhibited in the Mall Gallery with his second piece titled Thoughts, a captivating charcoal and graphite sketch of a girl reflecting on life.
Commenting on this achievement, Lynus said: “I am grateful and lucky to have two pieces of my artwork displayed in the Mall Gallery. The RBA annual exhibition is very competitive and the 24 chosen exhibits are all high quality.”
Stanley and Elisha, both former students at Truro School, have each produced self-portraits, Elisha’s work taking a modern angle at life from the perspective of a selfie.
Stanley’s piece was also awarded the John-Ingram prize for Truro College – an award for excellence.
52 Societies submitted work to this year’s exhibition with over 350 artworks from 89 schools judged by the RBA council.
Speaking on behalf of all the artists at the event, Erin Lee said: “It is great to have our work recognised. You work hard in the art studios and it is great to be rewarded for all the time and effort.”
The Heseltine Gallery in Truro is currently exhibiting the work of sculptor Clarissa Beothy with all schools and colleges in the county invited to visit.
Tim Shaw, famous sculptor and creator of the Lemon Quay Drummer, recently opened the latest Heseltine Gallery event saying: “Art school was one of the main reasons that I moved to Cornwall. Originally I lived in Manchester, then I moved here”.
Valerie MacLeod finished by saying: “I’m not sure whether the artistic talent in Cornwall is down to the quality of the teaching or whether it’s something indigenous – probably a bit of both as I often find such talent runs in families”.