Ruby, a year 12 student, has been chosen to display her artwork at the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts in London.

Ruby submitted her beautiful self portrait entitled ‘Little Me’ to the Young Artists’ Summer Show, along with thousands of entrants aged 4-19 who are studying in the UK.  All of the artworks were viewed and judged by a panel of experienced and passionate artists and arts professionals.  They were looking for imagination, originality and skill and sought to to represent young artists across the breadth of the UK.

The Young Artists’ Summer Show will take place from 16 July to 11 August 2024 at the Royal Academy of Arts and in their online exhibition.

Ruby has commented on what inspired her to create the artwork:

“This painting is a self-portrait of myself in 2009. This piece holds a personal meaning to me as it symbolises a significant period in my life, before I started experiencing mental health issues. I spent time focusing on the realistic elements, specifically the eyes to portray that in a way, I am still the same person. It’s a visual representation of the changes I have undergone mentally and physically over time.

It’s such an incredible accomplishment to have other artists recognise and select my work for display. I am beyond proud of myself. It’s an exciting moment, I can’t wait to see what this brings for me in the future.”

We would like to congratulate Ruby on this amazing achievement and we are thrilled that a student from Tuxford Academy is exhibiting her work in such a prestigious location. Miss Wilkins, Teacher of Visual Arts said:

‘The art teachers here at Tuxford Academy are so excited and proud of Ruby and her unbelievable talent. She is one of the most talented portrait artists that I have personally seen here at Tuxford, so I was delighted to see that her work was selected for the Young Artist Summer Show at the Royal Academy. This is a huge honour. ‘

We are hoping to share Ruby’s art work soon.  You can view the self portrait at the Royal Academy from 16 July to 11 August or in the online exhibition.

Read more about the Young Artists’ Summer Show here:

Royal Academy