Student success at Royal Academy Young Artists Summer Show

06 June 2022

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design students Tara Hughes and Charles Haynes have been selected for inclusion in the 2022 Royal Academy Young Artists’ Summer Show.

Now in its fourth year, the Young Artists’ Summer Show is a free, open submission exhibition for students aged 4–19 studying in the UK. Artworks are judged by a panel of passionate artists and arts professionals, with selected artworks displayed online and on-site at the Royal Academy of Arts from 19 July 2022.

Image: Tara Hughes, Boketto, 2022

Tara Hughes said:

“I am so excited for my work to be exhibited in the RA Young Artists Summer Show. This is the first time my work will be exhibited in an art gallery and I am so grateful for this opportunity. This animation was made in response to a brief during my time on the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. We had the option to select from a variety of foreign words that have no direct English translation. I chose the word 'Boketto', a Japanese word that means 'Gazing vacantly into the distance without really thinking about anything specific'. For the background, I have used references from my own kitchen, living room, and college building.

I have used a picture of my own face with a face sheet mask on. My eyes were gazing vacantly as I was poorly in the picture. I wanted the main focus of this piece to be the eyes so I made the face transparent. I feel that I have really captured the essence of this word as the background and face are so chaotic, however, the eyes remain staring blankly. I used the flat end of markers to create a blocky look and then used photoshop to animate this. I was inspired by the 'Bojack Horseman opening scene' which shows the main character 'Bojack' staring forwards whilst showing backgrounds and other characters behind him.”

Image: Charles Haynes, nothing is lost, 2022

Charles Haynes said:

“It's great to have the opportunity to present my work at the Royal Academy. Conceptually, the artistic purpose was to take previously functioning agricultural components and re-purpose them, producing something complementary to the landscape with direct reference to the object’s materiality and original purpose. I was able to reflect on the influences that informed its making and link the sculpture back to the landscape by presenting it within that context. I have sited my sculpture within its landscape, the place where the discarded components were embedded and found. The sculpture shares the vibrant colours of early summer months of oil seed rape and poppies, contrasting with the almost monochromatic background of growing crops.”

The Royal Academy of Arts, located in the heart of London, is a place where art is made, exhibited and debated. The Royal Academy Young Artists’ Summer Show is open from 19 July -14 August 2022 at the Clore Learning Centre at the Royal Academy of Arts.