RGS Creatives Join Royal Academy of Arts
We are delighted to announce that two Lower Sixth students, Ben and Casson Holland have been offered places on this year’s Royal Academy of Arts – attRAct programme. Designed to support young people aged between 16-18, who wish to pursue a career in the arts, attRAct encourages young people to think and talk critically about art and the creative industries, through practical workshops, group discussions, tutorials.
Ben and Casson are amongst just 60 students accepted into the programme this year. Casson explains the application process: “The selection process was really involved. Initially I had to write a 500 word statement on why I should be accepted onto the course. We also had to produce a piece of work from a selection of briefs. I worked on the theme of ‘Conceptual Portraiture’ using a mixture of photography, performance and stop frame animation. The work had to be presented to a group of other students from other UK schools and the RA lecturers on a zoom call. It was all a bit nerve wracking, but exciting!”
Ben comments on the opportunities he hopes the programme will offer: “The RA attRAct programme is a unique opportunity for me to expand my understanding of Art practice. I will be able discuss work with other A Level students from schools in the UK, as well the professional artists working at the Royal Academy. This will help me to think creatively and develop exciting ideas for my art in the future. I have already decided that I would like to go into study Art at University. The RA programme also offers sessions on ‘What’s next’ where professional artists and MA students at the RA will give interactive discussions on progression to University and careers in the creative industries.”
Very well done to Ben and Casson and we look forward to seeing the influence the programme has on your future artwork.
Mrs Jo Hunt
Head of Art