Dunhurst pupils selected to exhibit at Royal Academy

Posted on 19th June 2019

Artwork created by four pupils from Bedales Prep, Dunhurst has been selected to go on display at the Royal Academy (RA)’s Young Artists’ Summer Show.

Block 1 (Year 7) pupils Edward Lee and Anna Kancheli and Group 2 (Year 5) pupils Eliot Santos and Kamil Khattar-Kowalski are among the young artists whose work will be exhibited at the RA in London from 13 July to 4 August 2019.

The Dunhurst pupils’ artwork, which was inspired by people and places in Petersfield, was selected from over 6,200 entries by a panel of art experts.

An additional ten Dunhurst pupils – Claudia Dias Pallares, Oliver Jones, Juliet Solymon-Solymar, Maya Pocock, Nikita Kadhim, Pandora Meredith-Hardy, Rhomey Ashby-Hammond, Harry Robinson and Pedro Lara – were chosen to feature in an accompanying online exhibition from 10 June to 31 December, while a further 28 were among the 700 shortlisted entries.

Head of Dunhurst Colin Baty said: “It is wonderful to see children exhibiting at the Royal Academy. The pupils get so many inspirational opportunities in their artwork across the board, inspired by a wonderful team of teachers led by head of department Susan McFarlane.”

Dunhurst’s Head of Art and Design Susan McFarlane added: “This is an amazing achievement for our pupils to have their work exhibited both onsite at the Royal Academy of Art in London and the online exhibition. It is testament to the wonderful creativity and imagination of our pupils, who are encouraged to observe the world around them and create a visual response with honesty.”

Visitors to the online exhibition are now invited to vote for their favourite pieces by clicking on their preferred artwork and selecting the ‘Vote for artwork in People’s Choice’ button.

The Young Artists’ Summer Show, which is in its first year, is inspired by the RA’s Summer Exhibition – the largest open submission exhibition in the world – and promises to be “filled with inspiring artworks by talented young artists aged 7-19 from the UK and beyond”.