Blackheath High student’s work selected for prestigious Royal Academy exhibit

Staff Reporter (11 July, 2019) Education Culture Misc Community

Originally conceived as a tribute to her grandmother that lives with Dementia

30755Mia 'Babcia' mixed media portrait.

Blackheath High School student, Mia Dyson, has been selected from over 6,000 submissions to display her artwork at the Royal Academy from the 13th of July to the 4th of  August, writes Hillary Chaisson…

Originally conceived as a tribute to her grandmother that lives with Dementia, Mia Dyson’s piece ‘Babcia’, will be displayed in the Royal Academy as part of the inaugural Young Artists’ Summer Show.

‘Babcia’ is the polish word for ‘grandmother.’

In her design, Mia contains a collage of memories to make up the body of the woman known as ‘Babcia’, giving viewer the experience of a complete loss of identity.

Regarding the work, Mia said, “In this piece I have tried to express how the consequences of dementia such as loss of memory, mobility and vision have affected the way my grandma has lived her life recently.”

Head of art at Blackheath High School, David Branch said: “Everyone at the school is delighted that Mia has been rewarded in this way for all her hard work and commitment throughout her GCSE Art course.

“She has produced some amazing work and the two pieces that she created for her exam were truly exceptional.

“Her concept was really intelligently developed and the way that she combined and explored materials showed great maturity and innovation.”

Mia was not the only young creative talent at Blackheath High School to be recognised by the judges.

Competing against work from students all the way up to Year 13 (or age 19), Year 8 Alice Jinks was also shortlisted.

The inaugural Young Artists’ Summer Show Royal Academy exhibit will be open from the 13th of  July to the 4th of  August.

The Young Artists’ Summer Show will be in the Clore Learning Centre at the Royal Academy with free entry.

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