Ashleigh Arnold's work selected for RBA 2016 exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London

Talented young artist Ashleigh Arnold, a student from The Wensleydale School & Sixth Form in Leyburn, is to have a piece of her artwork displayed alongside those of professional artists at the prestigious Mall Galleries in central London this March.

Last summer, members of the Wensleydale Decorative and Fine Arts Society were invited to visit The Wensleydale School & Sixth Form by the Art teacher, Louise Webb, to view their A level Art exhibition.  They selected three pieces of work to put forward for consideration for inclusion in The Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition 2016, where the highest levels of skill, expression and draughtsmanship are sought.

Ashleigh’s piece is one of only 36 works that have been chosen for the exhibition from hundreds put forward nationwide by NADFAS Societies.

The selected works will be displayed together with those of professional artists at the Mall Galleries in London from 17th March to 2nd April 2016.  The students’ work will also be shown at the RBA’s RISING STARS exhibition at Lloyds Registry Gallery in the City of London from 11th February to 11th March.

 The Chairman of Wensleydale DFAS, Jackie Pope, welcomed Ashleigh to their December meeting in the Key Centre in Middleham. Ashleigh had brought her picture, “Frustrated Girl”, for members to view, and Jackie presented her with a certificate and a cheque to help cover her exhibition costs.

The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) is a UK based charity supporting a network of over 360 local Societies across the country. It works to advance decorative and fine arts education and appreciation, as well as promoting the preservation of artistic heritage. It supports young artists through its Young Arts Programmes, which includes the collaboration with the Royal Society of British Artists for the above exhibition.

If you would like more details about your local NADFAS group, Wensleydale DFAS, please contact our membership secretary Ros Higson on