Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition

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Three former art students from One had their work professionally exhibited in two London galleries.

The opportunity came about thanks to The Arts Society.

Each year, this organisation invites local branches (of The Arts Society) to select work created by A Level students for possible inclusion into the annual Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) exhibition.

In total 272 pieces were submitted by local branches of the society. Out of these pieces, 20 exhibits were chosen and 3 of the final works of art displayed were created by students from One.

The pieces were placed in the Royal Overseas League in St James Park and in the Mall Galleries earlier this year.

Jan Watson is the young arts representative of the Ipswich branch of the Arts Society. She said, "It was thrilling to see the work of One students, Rob Borrett, Boris Takam and Heather Pittaway. These high profile public exhibitions provide a wonderful opportunity for students' to showcase their talent to a wider audience, and gaining the recognition of the RBA, is of course a wonderful achievement. Rob, Boris and Heather can now call themselves RBA Star Students."

Heather, who created a painting called 'Krispy Kreme', said, "I was largely inspired by other photorealist artists.  I was shocked when I heard that I had been selected as I really wasn't expecting it and it has motivated me to do some more paintings and to experiment with new mediums such as embroidery. It felt odd to see my painting hung up in the professional venue and to see others looking at it and interpreting it. To see it as a 'work of art' rather than just an A Level painting was pretty surreal."

Since One Heather has been studying TV Production at Bournemouth University and in my free time I paint or go out with friends.

Director of Curriculum at One, Jake Robson, added, "Some of the art work that our students produce is nothing short of outstanding and our annual summer art exhibition helps demonstrate some of the amazing talent that we have not just at One, but in the county as a whole. Now it's great to see some of our students getting recognition for their efforts in London, one of the art capitals of the world."