Former pupil selected for the Royal Society of British Art’s ‘Rising Stars’ exhibition

Former pupil Patrick Thomas (CO16) was recently selected as one of the Royal Society of British Artists’ (RBA) Scholars of 2017 after submitting his oil painting self-portrait.

Patrick’s painting was selected to be one of 22 out of over 280 entries to be displayed in the RBA Rising Stars exhibition in London, hosted by the Royal Overseas League in collaboration with the National Association of Decorative Fine Arts.

The RBA who select scholars for their exhibition each year, say they are chosen for their “exceptional works which combine the highest level of skill, expression and draughtsmanship.”

Mrs Cucknell, Patrick’s former Art teacher at Truro School, travelled to London for the exhibition’s private viewing on Thursday 9 February and says she was extremely proud to see Patrick’s work on display.

“I was really proud to be there with Patrick, when I arrived I saw Patrick’s work immediately surrounded by some RSA fellows who were discussing his talent. Patrick had the opportunity to make some great contacts and it’s given him a real foot in the door,” says Mrs Cucknell.

For the last 8 years, Truro School have had a former pupil exhibit in the RBA Scholars exhibition. Patrick, who is now studying a Fine Art Foundation course at Falmouth University, will now have his work go on to be exhibited alongside professional artists at the prestigious Mall Galleries from 22 March to 1 April 2017.