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Fakenham artist appears in The Royal Academy of Arts exhibition 20 months after becoming painter




Having had her first exhibition scrapped in Norfolk after it was deemed unsuitable, an artist is now overjoyed to see her work on display at a prestigious London exhibition.

Fakenham's Terri Broughton, a former King's Lynn Academy headteacher, is featuring in the delayed Royal Academy of Arts summer exhibition, which will now run from October to January at the Piccadilly venue due to the coronavirus.

The contemporary artist's 'Inseparable' painting from her 'Indivisible Collection' was selected by David Remfry MBE RA, a British painter and curator, who Terri met yesterday as part of her first visit to the exhibition.

David Remfry MBE RA, right, and Terri Broughton. Picture: SUBMITTED
David Remfry MBE RA, right, and Terri Broughton. Picture: SUBMITTED

The 'Inseparable' painting depicts children with gas masks, with the collection being a reference to the death of both her parents at a young age, which resulted in Terri and her two sisters being "separate but one" as they lived in different foster homes.

The work was deemed "unsuitable for public consumption" by Pensthorpe Natural Park back in December.

And now, having bounced back from this hindrance, Terri was complimented by Mr Remfry for her work this week.

Terri Broughton with the banner for the Royal Academy of Arts summer (now winter) exhibition. Picture: SUBMITTED
Terri Broughton with the banner for the Royal Academy of Arts summer (now winter) exhibition. Picture: SUBMITTED

She said: "I was there yesterday and it was such a privilege and absolutely amazing to be a part of. I am humbled, surprised and pleased.

"The gas mask painting has such a poignant message behind it with people of a nervous disposition being so apt, especially now for Covid times."

The artist has been selected for the exhibition after there were roughly 27,000 initial entries. This was then whittled down to 4,000 before the final short-list.

Terri, who studied a degree in ceramics, described it as a "long drawn out process" but she was delighted by the announcement she would feature after people entered from across the globe.

Her father was a professional painter and she had aspirations to follow in his footsteps from a young age but was always told "your father is a painter. You are not a painter".

This week, Mr Remfry told her: "So glad you finally ignored that unkind advise. You are obviously a painter. Don’t stop!"

A group of artists founded the Royal Academy of Arts exhibition more than 200-years-ago, showcasing art of the moment to the nation.

Terri Broughton next to her 'Inseparable' painting at the exhibition. Picture: SUBMITTED
Terri Broughton next to her 'Inseparable' painting at the exhibition. Picture: SUBMITTED

As well as Terri, this year's exhibition features new works by Tracey Emin CBE RA, German visual artist Rebecca Horn and American painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel.

Being amongst such esteemed company is a privilege for Terri, who only began painting 20 months ago.

There will be plenty of safety measures in place for the exhibition with pre-booking online essential and all visitors having to wear a face covering in line with government guidance.

This piece, entitled 'Inseparable' from Terri Broughton's Indivisible Collection has been selected to display her work at The Royal Academy of Arts in the Summer Exhibition 2020 from October to January. Picture: SUBMITTED
This piece, entitled 'Inseparable' from Terri Broughton's Indivisible Collection has been selected to display her work at The Royal Academy of Arts in the Summer Exhibition 2020 from October to January. Picture: SUBMITTED

Terri said: "I could not go in with a partner, I had to go on my own but I was walking around the Royal Academy in awe and disbelief. I was just feeling so honoured.

"I go to the summer exhibition every year so it is just a dream to have a painting there."

She has already been selected as one of 250 artists representing 120 countries for the Mask Art - Creativity under Lockdown Meadows exhibition under the patronage of UNESCO.

This is held every May for the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, and to to "promote culture and highlight the significance of its diversity".

The Fakenham artist was also one of 30 artists selected by JARFO for its 2020 mask exhibition in Japan.

And she is now working on a new series called ‘The Buck Stops Here’.

Describing her new collection, Terri said: "It's about not having to believe systems that were passed down to you, putting it all down and moving forward."

She recently completed a year-long diploma at the Norfolk Painting School, under the expert guidance of Martin Kinnear, one of Britain's leading contemporary painters.

Terri's artist statement on her website reads: "When I start each new painting, I am aiming to capture the psychology of a person or situation, rather than creating a replica. I tend to draw from my own experiences of life –a passing thought, a memory or a story I’ve been telling myself for many years – in search of universal, human truths."

For more information on the Royal Academy of Arts exhibition visit www.royalacademy.org.uk/



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