Royal Academy Selects Student Work for Summer Exhibition

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Royal Academy Selects Student Work for Summer Exhibition

Imani Brieussel Dickson's Photograph 'Diversity' Chosen

A Year 8 student at Lambeth Academy, Imani Brieussel Dickson, is celebrating after her artwork was selected for the Royal Academy of Arts’ prestigious Young Artists’ Summer Show.

The annual art show is an opportunity for pupils aged 5-19 across the country to have their work exhibited online and on-site at the Royal Academy of Arts. To enter the competition, pupils, their teacher or their parent must submit a photo of the artwork they have created online. These submitted pieces are then put before a judging panel of art experts, who have the difficult task of selecting the stand-out works that will go on to feature in the exhibition.

To win her place in this year’s competition, talented young artist Imani submitted a photograph entitled ‘Diversity’. Describing her artwork, Imani said:

“My art piece is a photograph of my feet in my skin matching pointe shoes that I took with the self-timer on my mum's SLR camera. The matching brown skins ballet shoes only came out in 2018 and I think it represents the development in which opportunities have opened for all in the world of ballet.”

"I have been dancing since I was three years old – my first lessons were actually in Lambeth Academy! I want to be a dancer, artist and photographer. I am so proud my work got selected as it is important to spread awareness of differences and diversity within culture and art."

Lydia Smyth, Head of Art at Lambeth Academy, added:

"I am delighted for Imani on being selected for such a prestigious student exhibition, recognising her amazing potential as an artist. It would not have been possible if not for the incredible support of Imani’s mum, and for all the other parents who also encouraged their children to take part. The great strength of our school community is the partnership we aim to build with parents and families to bring out the best in our young people. I feel we need that sense of community now more than ever."

Leon Wilson, Executive Principal at Lambeth Academy, said:

“On behalf of everyone at Lambeth Academy, I would like to congratulate Imani on this fantastic achievement. She is a talented young artist and, through her photography, has sought to make a meaningful comment on the world around us – her piece ‘Diversity’ is an excellent example of this.

“We are hugely proud of our students and our school community and, during these challenging times, it remains important that we celebrate our achievements and successes. We are very much looking forward to seeing Imani’s artwork on display online next month and then in person when we are able to later in the year.”

The online exhibition is set to launch on 12th July, whilst the on-site exhibition is scheduled to take place in the Autumn Term.

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