Best-ever year for Spalding Grammar artists in national exhibition

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Chloe White's Dancers on Broken Ice ANL-160707-151053001
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Four talented art and design students from Spalding Grammar School have had their work displayed at the UK’s premier student art exhibition.

John-Lei Payumo, Tom Beardwell, Delphi McWilliam and Chloe White all made it through the final selection process to have their work hung at the National Students’ Art Exhibition in London.

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Delphi McWilliam's 'Deph's dad and Delphi' ANL-160707-151121001

This is the 14th year the exhibition has showcased the best young artists in the country, giving them the opportunity to exhibit alongside work from some of the country’s finest professional artists.

Spalding Grammar artists have a great track record for having work selected and hung in the exhibition, but this year was the best ever.

Head of Art and Design Mrs Livingstone said: “I understand the importance my students place on receiving external validation for their wonderful skills and amazing effort.

“I am delighted that once again their fabulous work has been acknowledged and celebrated in such a prestigious arena.”

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John-Lei Payumo's Vanitas Still Life ANL-160707-151211001

The exhibition opened on Tuesday at The Mall Galleries, near Trafalgar Square, and was attended by students, their proud families and teachers.

Chris Russell, the executive principal of The Duke of York’s Royal Military School, the exhibition’s main sponsor, told the audience just how fierce the competition was to get work accepted by the selection panel this year.

Then James Horton, the Royal Society of British Artists president, spoke of his joy at being able to continue to foster the growth and support of the country’s finest new artistic talent.

Both men applauded all who worked hard to ensure that, despite government cuts to budgets and the national squeezing of the Arts for time and financial provisions, the Arts continued to find a way to blossom and make a huge contribution to the country’s fiscal and cultural health.

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