News / 06 Jun 2022

Student success at Royal Academy Young Artists Summer Show

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

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.

“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.

Tara Hughes, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design student

Tara Hughes created an animation in response to a brief set on the course which asked students to select a foreign word with no direct English translation. Tara chose 'Boketto', a Japanese word that means 'Gazing vacantly into the distance without really thinking about anything specific'.

She said: "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.”

“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."

Charles Haynes, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design student

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.

Tara Hughes


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