RBA Scholar Ruby Shute is pictured with artist James V Horton.

Top art prize for Uckfield student

Uckfield Community Technology College student Ruby Shute achieved top prize at a prestigious national art exhibition and was awarded the honour of RBA Scholar.

Three of Ruby’s paintings were displayed in this, her second year of showing at the National Students’ Exhibition held in The Mall Galleries, London, under the patronage of the Royal Society of British Artists.


Ruby Shute’s three paintings which were selected to be shown at the National Students’ Exhibition.

Now she has won the opportunity to submit work to the Royal Society of British Artists annually for their exhibition. This was described as a “great accolade” by Bethan Archer, curriculum leader for art and photography at Uckfield Community Technology College.

Ruby was one of four Uckfield students whose work was selected for display at the National Students’ Exhibition where the best young artists from around the country exhibit their work along with some of the country’s finest professional artists.

Other students showing their work were Jack Simpson, one painting; Lucy Nunnerly-Hood, sculptural body pieces, and Danyelle Smith, photography.


Jack Simpson pictured at the National Students’ Exhibition where his work was shown.

The four were invited, with their parents, to a private view of the National Student Exhibition and to the awards ceremony.


Lucy Nunnerley Hood at the National Students’ Exhibition where her work was selected to be shown.

Ruby is now going on to study biochemistry at university – the college hopes she will keep up with her love of art; Jack is going to Brighton University to undertake an art foundation degree and Danyelle Smith is going to Bath to study for a degree in photography.


Danyelle Smith’s work at the National Students’ Exhibition.

Lucy Nunnerly-Hood will be at UCTC for the next 12 months and continues to enjoy her art studies.

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