City artists strike it big

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A pair of Sheffield artists have been selected to have their work displayed in prestigious national exhibitions.

Mandy Payne and Conor Rogers were chosen for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition respectively, after wowing both selection committees with their works.

Mum-of-two Mandy told The Star: “The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is a gruelling application process to wheedle 12,000 submissions down to the lucky final exhibitors. It gets pretty competitive - it’s months of work and waiting and I’m so thrilled to have been selected.

“The exhibition is over 250 years old, so it’s a real institute and it’s an honour to be a part of it.”

Mandy’s work - a concrete canvas which focuses on the Park Hill area of Sheffield - will be seen by more than 250,000 visitors during the exhibitions run in London.

And it was on the very same day Mandy found out about her success that her friend Conor, 23, of South East Sheffield, got the news he’d been selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries - a prestigious competition showcasing the most promising recent Fine Art Graduates in exhibitions in Cornwall, Nottingham and London.

Mandy added: “Conor and I became friends when we met last year at the John Moores Painting Prize in Liverpool and realised we were both from Sheffield. We got chatting and our work is very complimentary to one another, so we decided to exhibit together, which we did last year at Urban Splash.

“It was thrilling when we both received news of our fantastic achievements on the exact same day. We couldn’t be more excited.”