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Dawn House School students exhibit their art work at The Mall Gallery in London

Kevin Bollard, Licensing & Sales Manager at I CAN

London’s prestigious Mall Gallery was crammed to the rafters with excited young people on Tuesday 8th July for the grand opening of the 12th National Students’ Art Exhibition.  This inspirational exhibition features the best young artists in the country, alongside work from professional artists too.

Once again a number of Dawn House School pupils submitted work for the exhibition and three Year 11 students Dominic Parker, Scott Brown and Barnaby Frost, were successful in having their work chosen and displayed. This is the sixth year running Dawn House pupils have had work on show at the event. It’s a huge achievement as the exhibition is held under the patronage of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) and the standard of work is unbelievably high.

Dominic and Scott travelled down to London from Nottinghamshire to attend the opening alongside Dawn House staff, Sue Walker and Amanda Stringfellow, and I met with them at the event. All manner of work was on show ranging from stunning portraits to mixed media collages, and the pupils posed for photographs alongside their work. Following a number of presentations from leading art world dignitaries, Scott took part in a filmed interview in which he spoke candidly about how he felt about his own work appearing amongst such exalted company. He was still buzzing when I asked him if he had any favourites from the exhibition ‘I can’t pick one, they are all so different.  I like them all because every artist has created something that’s personal to them’.

The three pupils each receive a special certificate from the RBA in recognition of their artistic talent and the experience has greatly inspired them to continue their interest in art into the future.