Drawn From Youth 8: another two national winners (2018)

Our annual young arts schools exhibition at the Fylde Gallery, Lytham opened on 15 March 2018 and ran until 18 April 2018. The exhibition is initiated from a National Competition offered by The Arts Society, working in conjunction with the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA). Twenty places are offered to A-Level Art Students to exhibit their artwork at the Annual Exhibition of British Artists at the Mall Galleries in London. This year, we had two students who won these much coveted RBA places: Robert Mills, AKS, with his gold-glazed Cogs and Gears Ceramic Bowl and Martha Walmsley, Cardinal Newman College, Preston, with her machine embroidered wall hanging, further embellished with hand embroidery and jewels. Both students were entitled to be called RBA Scholars for the duration of the Mall Gallery Exhibition.

Members of The Arts Society Fylde, visitors and judges at the Preview Evening


The Drawn From Youth:8 Exhibition included 34 entries for the RBA/Arts Society Competition from across the Fylde, and also included additional recent artwork from each of the schools and colleges involved. This was our eighth year of participation in this national competition. We are both fortunate and proud to have won 13 of these Awards during this time. This year, seven schools and sixth form colleges entered 34 students for the national competition:

  • AKS Lytham Independent School
  • Baines School, Poulton-le-Fylde
  • Blackpool Sixth Form College
  • Cardinal Newman College, Preston
  • Carr Hill Sixth Form Centre, Kirkham
  • LSA Technology and Performing Arts College
  • Rossall School, Fleetwood

The Drawn From Youth exhibition included all these entries and also some further work completed throughout the year, involving high quality artwork from A-Level Art students within our Fylde Coast area.  Seventy-two exhibits included paintings and drawing using a range of media, ceramics, numerous textile techniques, photography, graphic design, as well as 2D and 3D construction and installation.

This year’s judges were:

  • Ken Roberts: long-term member of both TASF and the LSA Arts Society; a popular, well-known local artist having a number of prior acceptances at the RBA Annual Art Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London
  • Katie Hampson: Previous RBA Scholar from Blackpool Sixth Form College in one of our first Drawn From Youth Exhibitions, 2012. Katie gained a first class Honours Degree in Fine Arts from Bolton University and is now a highly successful artist working from her home town of Fleetwood, She specialises in abstract animal studies, including detailed ‘eye’ studies, contributing to medical research with regard to eye sight.
  • Pam Foster: The Arts Society Fylde Team Leader for Communication; Editor of our newsletter, In The Picture, and  webmaster of The Arts Society Fylde website

Our three Prize winners included: the first prize by Dominic Wylie, Blackpool Sixth Form College, showed a wide exploratory use of materials in 3-dimensional form.

Part of the collection of objects created by prizewinner Dominic Wylie

The second and third prizes were shared by Wen Shiqi, AKS, with a still life painting; and Georgia Latham, Blackpool Sixth Form College, with an exquisite floral dress.


Still life by Wen Shiqi, second equal prize winner


Floral dress by Georgia Latham, second equal prize winner


As in previous years, participating students were invited with their families to an Opening Preview event. This included teaching staff from the schools and colleges, as well as special guests from The Arts Society and The Arts Society North West. Two guest speakers, Joanne Martin, The Arts Society House, London, and Colin Binns, a retired Lecturer at the Department of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN), offered encouragement to the students and awarded a variety of prizes.

The Arts Society Fylde wish to thank all the teachers and technicians for the excellent display of their student’s artwork; for the many talented students involved; for our discerning panel of judges; and also, Fylde Borough Council for their generous use of Fylde Gallery at Booth’s Superstore in Lytham. We are delighted by the high quality of artwork on display and hope that we may attract many visitors coming to the Gallery to appreciate this amazing artwork to be seen in many schools across the Fylde area.

Our special thanks too to Kate Cartmell, Team Leader and her Young Arts team for another very successful Drawn From Youth event.

Below are photos of the Exhibition and the Preview Evening