Sheffield youngster puts her art in the shop window

Silverdale student  Ariana Chetty with the painting of her mother which was selected for the Annual Exhibition Preview of the Royal Society of British Artists  at The Mall Galleries, London , With her are  Ken Marshall (left), -founder of the Sheffield Young Artists 'programme  and Silverdale Head of Art Craig Longmuir
Silverdale student Ariana Chetty with the painting of her mother which was selected for the Annual Exhibition Preview of the Royal Society of British Artists at The Mall Galleries, London , With her are Ken Marshall (left), -founder of the Sheffield Young Artists 'programme and Silverdale Head of Art Craig Longmuir

A PORTRAIT of her mother by Silverdale A level student Ariana Chetty has gone on show in London.

She was one of just 20 artists from around the country selected as a National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies Scholar to have their work displayed alongside professional artists at the Annual Exhibition Preview of the Royal Society of British Artists.

The oil on canvas portrait had been submitted by the Sheffield Young Artists organisation. An increase in Sheffield entries for this national award – 49 compared with 13 last year – followed the success of another Silverdale student, Yetka Saidi, whose portrait of her grandmother was shown at the 2012 RBA preview.

For the first time this year a selection of the national winning A Level artworks is also being displayed at John Lewis on Oxford Street, including Ariana’s painting which will also be shown in the restaurant of the department store’s Sheffield branch in April.

Before the awards presentation RBA president James Horton applauded the work of the Sheffield Young Artists, organised by the Rotary Group of Abbeydale, and the many volunteers who make possible the programme providing support for young artists in the city.

This year’s all ages Sheffield Young Artists Exhibition will be held on May 3-4 at Ponds Forge.