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RBA Rising Stars

10 February – 12 March 2017.

The Royal Over-Seas League hosted RBA Rising Stars, an exhibition developed by two respected and prestigious organisations, the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) and the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA). The exhibition presented work by the NADFAS RBA Scholars as well as a selection from the The National Students’ Art Exhibition and the RBA’s Rome Scholarship semi-finalists.


The NADFAS RBA Scholars were twenty-two aspiring young artists who were initially discovered and proposed by NADFAS and selected by the RBA from 284 entries submitted for consideration. The finalists presented at ROSL were selected for their exceptional works which combine the highest levels of skill, expression and draughtsmanship. The art presented uses a variety of medium exploring equally varied subjects and ultimately offering a glimpse into the future of fine art.

Following ROSL, the works went on display at the Mall Galleries, London from 22 March – 1 April 2017 where they will sat alongside those of professional artists at the RBA’s Annual Exhibition, which features the best contemporary representational painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing. During the exhibition at the Mall Galleries, one student originally shown at ROSL was presented with the John Ingram Award.

The 2017 RBA Scholars:

Natalie Holdys – Presdales School – Nominated by East Herts DFAS
Zoe Dawes – Hills Road 6th Form College – Nominated by Granta DFAS
Indigo Price – Ipswich School – Nominated by Ipswich DFAS
Megan Elliott – Wymondham High Academy – Nominated by Norwich DFAS
Jane McNulty – Bourne Academy – Nominated by Stamford DFAS
Douglas Whall – Walden School – Nominated by Saffron Walden DFAS
Annabel Ridings – Northallerton School & 6th Form College – Nominated by Hambleton DFAS
Emma Beaumont – Ripon Grammar School – Nominated by Hambleton DFAS
Oliver Moorhouse – Sheffield High School – Nominated by Sheffield DFAS
Lily Fletcher – Silverdale School – Nominated by Sheffield DFAS
Eleanor Prime – Wilmslow High School – Nominated by Wilmslow DFAS
Ella Morris – AKS Lytham Independent School – Nominated by Fylde DFAS
Eleanor Wood – AKS Lytham Independent School – Nominated by Fylde DFAS
Robert McCormack – Culloden Academy – Nominated by Highland DFAS
Will Copley – The King’s School – Nominated by Sidmouth DFAS
Aislinn Dunne – Truro College – Nominated by Truro DFAS
Gabriella Cornes – Truro College – Nominated by Truro DFAS
Holly Eustice – Truro College – Nominated by Truro DFAS
Patrick Thomas – Truro School – Nominated by Truro DFAS
Jacqueline Zhang – Farlington School – Nominated by West Sussex DFAS
Charlie Pike – Thomas Hardye School – Nominated by Dorset County DFAS
Katie Denham – Woking College – Nominated by Mayford DFAS

RBA’s Rome Scholarship semi-finalists:

Natalia Glinoer
Ryan Driscoll
Georgina Lowbridge
Mandy Payne
Ottelien Huckin
Poppy Field

The National Students’ Art Exhibition Artists:

Charlotte Baker
Laura Booth
Daryl Haines
Megan Jacob
Grisha Kirby
Dean Moodley
Elena Rivera-Montanes
Sophia Rivera-Montanes
Ben Sinclair
Selina Smyllie
Adam Suleman
Thrishali Sumanasekera

Image credits, left to right: Self Portrait by Patrick Thomas of Truro School, Laura by Will Copley of The King’s School, Ottery St Mary, Seated Figure by Jacqueline Zhang of Farlington School.