Sheffield young artist in the frame

Former Silverdale student Fergus Carmichael whose painting, Conflict, has been selected for the Royal Society of British Artists annual exhibition at The Mall Gallery in London, March 2015.
Former Silverdale student Fergus Carmichael whose painting, Conflict, has been selected for the Royal Society of British Artists annual exhibition at The Mall Gallery in London, March 2015.

The Royal Society of British Artists have selected Sheffield Young Artist Fergus Carmichael’s oil painting, Conflict, out of hundreds of national entries, to be one of 20 art works to be exhibited at its annual exhibition at The Mall Gallery in London, March 2015.

Fergus, now a first year undergraduate at Newcastle University studying Fine Art, was at Silverdale School when he painted the picture.

Sheffield Decorative and Fine Art Society, which supports Sheffield Young Artists, will provide a travel bursary to enable Fergus to go to the preview of the exhibition in London.

It will also be on display at the Sheffield Young Artists A Level exhibition at the Millennium Gallery next month.

“I am surprised and thrilled to have my work selected by the RBA and to be named an RBA Scholar,” he said.

“Exhibiting in Sheffield and London is a great opportunity for me and I appreciate the efforts made by the Rotary Club of Abbeydale and NADFAS to give young artists like me a wider audience.

“I look forward to the forthcoming events over the next few months.”

Sally Booker Sheffield DFAS Young Arts, said: “Sheffield DFAS congratulates Fergus on being selected for this prestigious national NADFAS RBA Scholars Award, which has proved invaluable in the future careers of earlier Sheffield Young Artists winners”.

Fergus follows in the footsteps of two other Sheffield Young Artists and Silverdale students in being selected for the RBA show, Yekta Saidi in 2011 and Ariana Chetty in 2013.

All entries at the Sheffield Young Artists A Level Exhibition next month will be considered for submission to the NADFAS RBA exhibition.

The now four-day free exhibition in the Millennium Gallery from January 18-21, one of the series of SYA exhibitions established 10 years ago by the Rotary Club of Abbeydale.