WORKS of art by two former Truro College Fine Art students wowed judges at the Royal Society of British Artists' A Level Show, with one winning an award and the other receiving a Highly Commended sticker.

Golden Age, an oil painting by Jasmyn Fraser, and Dad at Boconnoc, an etching by Lauren Reed, were put forward by lecturers and submitted by the Truro Art Society for consideration by the RBA at the Mall Gallery, London.

Indeed, 39 societies submitted a total of 272 works from schools, making Lauren and Jasmyn’s selection and commendations all the more impressive.

Jasmyn’s painting earned her The Geoffrey Vivis Memorial Award and a prize of £100, while Lauren received a special email from one of the judges complimenting her etching for being both “technically excellent and very atmospheric”.

Jasmyn, who was unfortunately unable to make the exhibition in London to see her work on display, said: “I am extremely grateful to both the awardees of the Geoffrey Vivis Memorial Award and to the representation of Michael Harding for kindly donating a set of oil paints in recognition of my work.

"It is lovely for the students of Truro College to have recognition of our work and we are very thankful for the hard work that Louise and Tristan have done.”

Both students were at university when the news reached them of their artworks’ selection for the show.

Jasmyn explained: “I had no knowledge of my work being submitted so it came as a surprise that months after I'd left the college the lecturers were still taking the time to support their students beyond the requirements of the course.”

Lauren was caught by surprise as well, saying: “They mentioned it at college that they select people’s work to send off but I had no idea mine would be selected!”

Indeed, the College was there to help the students every step of the way. “The college helped an unbelievable amount with the project,” Lauren began. “Bernadette in the print room was absolutely incredible.

"Even teachers that weren’t my lecturers would help me. It’s like a village, a really nice community.”