Stars of the Future

Maisy Venn, an Art Foundation student at Alton College, is celebrating having a sculpture selected for inclusion in two prestigious exhibitions in London this summer. For a number of years the Royal Association of British Artists (RBA) have included the work of up and coming young artists in their annual exhibition in London and have worked with The Arts Society, previously called NADFAS, through their local societies to find what they call ‘Stars of the Future’.

The Arts Society Alton, who hold their monthly meetings at Alton College, sent a representative to the College art exhibition at the end of the summer term and selected a number of high quality works which they submitted to the RBA as photographs. The final selection was undertaken by the RBA in London who recently informed 21 lucky students of their decision. Alton College’s art department is the only one from the whole of Hampshire to have work of one of their students included. 

Tony Cross, a representative of The Arts Society Alton remarked “It seems the judges had a very difficult task as both the standard and number of entries seems to have been exceptionally high this year with 247 submissions. Inevitably this meant disappointment for many of the entrants as the majority of work was not chosen. However, all of those put forward for consideration will receive a certificate from The Arts Society Alton acknowledging their selection.”

Amanda Bollini, Curriculum Manager for Creative Visual Arts at Alton College said “Maisy is the latest of our students to have work selected for this innovative scheme which is promoted by our friends at The Arts Society Alton, who have supported Alton College for the past 15 years by making scholarships available for our Foundation Degree art students who show particular talent in a variety of fields.”

Maisy, previously at Amery Hill School, is looking forward to seeing her piece in the shows at the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL), St James, London W1 from Friday, 26 April to Sunday, 19 June 2019, and then at the RBA’s annual show at the Mall Galleries from Thursday, 4 July to Sunday, 14 July 2019.