Every year, the Royal Academy of Arts hosts its online Summer Exhibition, aimed at nurturing and celebrating the next generation of young artists in our country. We are thrilled to announce that Elly-Louise Benford, a student from Selston High School, has been selected for this year’s exhibition from over 21,000 entries. Her fantastic 3D artwork, titled ‘Junkie Chicken,’ was constructed using waste materials she found at home and in her art classroom. We extend our warmest congratulations to Elly for this incredible achievement.

Elly’s artwork, ‘Junkie Chicken,’ stood out among thousands of submissions for its creative use of discarded materials. It showcases Elly’s talent and ability to transform ordinary objects into extraordinary art. We are proud to see her dedication and innovative approach recognised at such a prestigious event.

We would also like to acknowledge the tremendous support and guidance provided by Elly’s Art Teacher, Mrs. Kate McKinlay. Mrs. McKinlay’s encouragement and mentorship have played an instrumental role in Elly’s artistic journey. With great joy, she celebrates Elly’s achievement and believes it will inspire her to excel in her future studies at Art College and in her artistic career.

At The Two Counties, we are committed to fostering the creative talents of our students. Elly’s selection for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition reflects the dedication and passion we encourage within our students. We take pride in celebrating the achievements of our students and their contributions to the world we share.

Junkie Chicken