RBA Rising Stars

10 February - 12 March 2017.

The Royal Over-Seas League are proud to host RBA Rising Stars, an exhibition developed by two respected and prestigious organisations, the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) and the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA). Presenting work by the NADFAS RBA Scholars as well as a selection from the The National Students’ Art Exhibition and the RBA’s Rome Scholarship semi-finalists, the exhibition at Over-Seas House, London will preview the 2017 group exhibition.

The NADFAS RBA Scholars are twenty-two aspiring young artists who were initially discovered and proposed by NADFAS and selected by the RBA from 284 entries submitted for consideration. The finalists presented at ROSL were selected for their exceptional works which combine the highest levels of skill, expression and draughtsmanship. The art presented uses a variety of medium exploring equally varied subjects and ultimately offering a glimpse into the future of fine art.

Following ROSL, the works will go on display at the Mall Galleries, London from 22 March - 1 April 2017 where they will sit alongside those of professional artists at the RBA's Annual Exhibition, which features the best contemporary representational painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing. During the exhibition at the Mall Galleries, one student originally shown at ROSL will be presented with the John Ingram Award.

The collaboration between NADFAS and the RBA came about following a pilot project in East Anglia in 2009. This is the first year that students’ work will be exhibited at the Royal Over-Seas League as well as the Mall Galleries. Founded in 1910, the ROSL is a non-profit private members' club dedicated to championing international friendship and understanding. ROSL ARTS supports talented young artists and musicians from the UK and Commonwealth, providing performance and exhibition opportunities which bring their work to the attention of the professional arts community, media and general public.

The 2017 RBA Scholars are:

Natalie Holdys – Presdales School – Nominated by East Herts DFAS
Zoe Dawes – Hills Road 6th Form College – Nominated by Granta DFAS
Indigo Price – Ipswich School – Nominated by Ipswich DFAS
Megan Elliott – Wymondham High Academy – Nominated by Norwich DFAS
Jane McNulty – Bourne Academy – Nominated by Stamford DFAS
Douglas Whall – Walden School – Nominated by Saffron Walden DFAS
Annabel Ridings – Northallerton School & 6th Form College – Nominated by Hambleton DFAS
Emma Beaumont – Ripon Grammar School – Nominated by Hambleton DFAS
Oliver Moorhouse – Sheffield High School – Nominated by Sheffield DFAS
Lily Fletcher – Silverdale School – Nominated by Sheffield DFAS
Eleanor Prime – Wilmslow High School – Nominated by Wilmslow DFAS
Ella Morris – AKS Lytham Independent School – Nominated by Fylde DFAS
Eleanor Wood – AKS Lytham Independent School – Nominated by Fylde DFAS
Robert McCormack – Culloden Academy – Nominated by Highland DFAS
Will Copley – The King’s School – Nominated by Sidmouth DFAS
Aislinn Dunne – Truro College – Nominated by Truro DFAS
Gabriella Cornes – Truro College – Nominated by Truro DFAS
Holly Eustice – Truro College – Nominated by Truro DFAS
Patrick Thomas – Truro School – Nominated by Truro DFAS
Jacqueline Zhang – Farlington School – Nominated by West Sussex DFAS
Charlie Pike – Thomas Hardye School – Nominated by Dorset County DFAS
Katie Denham – Woking College – Nominated by Mayford DFAS


RBA’s Rome Scholarship semi-finalists

Natalia Glinoer

Ryan Driscoll
Georgina Lowbridge
Mandy Payne
Ottelien Huckin
Poppy Field

The National Students’ Art Exhibition Artists

Charlotte Baker

Laura Booth
Daryl Haines
Megan Jacob
Grisha Kirby
Dean Moodley
Elena Rivera-Montanes
Sophia Rivera-Montanes
Ben Sinclair
Selina Smyllie
Adam Suleman
Thrishali Sumanasekera


Exhibition Information:

Royal Over-Seas League 10 February – 12 March 2017
Park Place, St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR
10am – 6pm daily
Admission: Free

Mall Galleries
22 March – 1 April 2017
The Mall, London SW1
10am – 5pm daily (closes at 1pm on final day)
Admission: £3, £2.50 concessions (50% off to National Art Pass holders. Free to Friends of Mall Galleries and under 18s)

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Image credits, left to right: Self Portrait by Patrick Thomas of Truro School, Laura by Will Copley of The King's School, Ottery St Mary, Seated Figure by Jacqueline Zhang of Farlington School.