Local Young Artists Join the Royal Academy

Exciting original artwork by two Witchford school children will feature in the prestigious Royal Academy Young Artists’ Summer Show in London this July.

Young pupils from The Rackham C of E Primary School submitted their work along with over 21,500 students aged 4-19 from across the UK.

The artwork is judged by a panel of artists and arts professionals who select those to be displayed at The Royal Academy of Art – one of the world’s leading galleries.

Winston loves to paint, draw and model with clay at home and was very excited when he heard his painting had been accepted for both the online exhibition and to be displayed to the public on-site at the Royal Academy.

“When my dad told me, I started running around the house screaming madly!” Winston says.

Using poster paints, she mixed a very muddy brown then created the scene using a sponge. “I love playing rugby for Ely Tigers,” Wren says. “My favourite way to paint is crazy and it makes me feel happy.”

Wren’s work will join approximately 500 other curated pieces to be displayed in the Royal Academy online exhibition.

Now in its sixth year, the RA Young Artists’ Summer Show is a free, open submission exhibition for pupils studying in the UK.

Once their school has registered, students can submit just one piece of artwork along with a short description.

28 pupils from The Rackham Primary School in Witchford submitted work in a wide variety of forms including still life, portraits, textiles, mixed media and collage. The Rackham After School Club also entered with a collaboratively created quilt.

Assistant Headteacher and Art Lead at The Rackham Primary School, Mrs. Stephanie Deery, believes art is vital in allowing children to express themselves and explore ideas in creative and visual ways.

“Creating opportunities for the children to see that they are already ‘real artists’ is hugely important. Wren and Winston have really impressed us with their unique pieces of work. They had very different ideas and inspiration which shows that art can be about anything. We hope their success will inspire even more children to give it a try next year.”

Head Teacher Miss. Georgina Turner added:

“It has been a source of great pride to witness the enthusiasm and artistic talent that is abundant throughout The Rackham student population.

Joining this competition has enabled our pupils to broaden their understanding of potential careers within the creative industry. Congratulations to everyone who took part!”

Local Authority and Art Link Governor at the school Mrs. Emily Chase is thrilled to see pupils engaging with an internationally renowned gallery.

“It is so exciting to see the school value and provide creative opportunities that raise the aspirations of pupils. Taking part in the Royal Academy Young Artists’ Summer Show is such a great experience for all and an amazing achievement for those selected. I’m looking forward to seeing all the work submitted and viewing those selected at the exhibition!”

The exhibition will open at the Royal Academy of Art in London on Tuesday 16th July and will also be available to explore online at: www.youngartists.royalacademy.org.uk. All entries submitted by The Rackham pupils will also be displayed in the school hall.

“Submitting work at this level is such a brave thing to do,” says Mrs. Deery. “We are super proud of all our children who submitted work for putting themselves out there and giving it a go!”

Press release from Rackham C of E Primary School

Seven-year-old Winston Arnold’s acrylic painting Our Saviour represents his Christian faith and belief in Jesus as his hero.
The Rugby Match: England Vs Scotland is six-year-old Wren Senior’s representation of rugby action on the field.
Winston and Wren with their art work

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