Grandmother’s portrait makes grade in London

Yekta Saidi of Silverdale School in front of her portrait of her grandmother at the preview of the annual exhibition of the Royal Society of British Artists at the Mall Galleries with, left to right, her mother and grandmother, Ken Marshall of Abbeydale Rotary Club and John Horton, RBA President

Yekta Saidi of Silverdale School in front of her portrait of her grandmother at the preview of the annual exhibition of the Royal Society of British Artists at the Mall Galleries with, left to right, her mother and grandmother, Ken Marshall of Abbeydale Rotary Club and John Horton, RBA President

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A YOUNG Sheffield artist was able to show her grandmother the portrait she painted of her hanging on the walls of a London gallery.

The charcoal and graphite portrait by Yekta Saidi, an A-level student at Silverdale, was on show at the annual exhibition of the Royal Society of British Artists at the Mall Galleries, among 500 artworks, paintings and sculptures by professional artists.

The charcoal and graphite portrait was among sixth-form students’ work at the Sheffield Young Artists exhibition at Ponds Forge last year which was submitted to the RBA Scholar award scheme.

Yekta, her mother and grandmother attended the London exhibition preview opened by Michael Portillo.

RBA president James Horton was interested to learn of the Sheffield Young Artists’ scheme, started in 2005 by Ken Marshall of the Rotary Club of Abbeydale, which looks set to be copied by other Rotary Clubs.

Yetka said: “I encourage other young artists to enter their art wherever they can. The Sheffield Young Artists Awards is an excellent start point, available to all through Sheffield schools.”

The 2012 Sheffield Artists Exhibition is at Ponds Forge on May 4 and 5.