Posted: 18th June 2021

The Young Artists’ Summer Show at the Royal Academy is aimed at young artists studying in the UK and British schools overseas.

Applicants are judged by a panel of artists and arts professionals that select artworks to be displayed online and on-site at the Royal Academy of Arts. The Art department at Surbiton asked the Gifted and Talented artists to submit artwork to be selected for the exhibition. We were very impressed with the exceptional standard of Artwork and Photography that students created, and we were delighted to submit art from 7 students.

Competition was extremely high this year with The Royal Academy receiving over 33,000 submissions. We are very thrilled and proud to hear that Nina Holding in year 10 was successful to be accepted for the on-line exhibition. The painting titled ‘Josephine knots’ an acrylic painting of Eyiwaa Agyekumhene, the owner of the fashion brand named Kayadua that has a strong belief in sustainability. Nina stumbled upon this image of Eyiwaa in an issue of the Courier magazine from August/September 2020 and felt immediately drawn to the vibrant jade colour. We are very pleased to be displaying Ninas artwork in the main building reception.

We are also very pleased that Katy Tomiak had her painting ‘Barry’ accepted for display at The Royal Academy. Katy produced an exceptional painting of Barry, our beloved life model who sadly passed away last year. Barry had been working at Surbiton High School for over 10 years as our life model. This painting shows exceptional technical skill as well as truly capturing Barry in a thoughtful pose. The painting is especially impressive because of the dramatic almost theatrical lighting, using chiaroscuro the piece resembles a renaissance masterpiece, demonstrating clear inspiration from Caravaggio.

The Young Artists’ Summer Show 2021 will open and launch online on Tuesday 13 July.

Categories: Senior School