GCSE students from King James Academy (KJAR) in Royston recently exhibited their work at Curwens Art Gallery.

The open evening was held at Curwens Solicitors in the town, during the week of Royston Arts Festival.

Olivia Ahmet was named Young Artist of the Year, while Rhiannon Jones and Izzy Nash received certificates for being the highest performing art students, achieving a grade 8.

Royston Crow: Mayor of Royston Cllr Lisa Adams presented Izzy Nash with a certificateMayor of Royston Cllr Lisa Adams presented Izzy Nash with a certificate (Image: Diana Smith)

Other certificates of recognition were awarded to Lily Lucken for 'excellence in portraiture', Flyx Manning for 'sustained development of ideas', Kade Morgan and Lily Wilson for 'experimentation and exploration of media', Amber Rao for 'raising awareness of animal rights issues with her art', and Samuel Webb for 'excellence in watercolour'.

The art gallery is facilitated by Curwens solicitor Mark Fitzpatrick, who joined in presenting the awards and congratulating the students.

Mark said: "There was a great atmosphere to the evening with so many proud parents and families attending to see their child’s work on display.

Royston Crow: Mayor Cllr Lisa Adams with Samuel WebbMayor Cllr Lisa Adams with Samuel Webb (Image: Diana Smith)

"Curwens is delighted to give recognition to our Young Artist of the Year, Olivia Ahmet, for her outstanding progress.

"We wish her, and all the students, great success in their future ventures."


Their teacher Elaine Baigent, the leader of arts at KJAR, said: "After a lot of hard work it’s so satisfying to see all these wonderful characters sharing an exhibition in a professional setting.

"We are very grateful to Curwens for giving us this opportunity and for their continued support of local artists.

Royston Crow: Amber Rao was given a certificate by Mayor Cllr Lisa AdamsAmber Rao was given a certificate by Mayor Cllr Lisa Adams (Image: Diana Smith)

"I also want to extend my thanks to all the local businesses who contributed towards the students' gifts."

Gift vouchers for the students were donated by Bloom Florists, The Cave shop, Kelly's Kitchen, Mia Caro gift shop, Merlin Mica DIY and Tranquility Hair + Beauty.

Mayor of Royston Cllr Lisa Adams also attended the exhibition, and said: "It was impressive to see the high standard of the students' paintings and a pleasure to be able to present some of the awards."

The exhibition can still be viewed at the gallery during Curwens' normal opening hours of 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, until Wednesday, October 18.