Stunning self-portrait puts schoolboy in spotlight

Published: 17 June 2014 at 16:51

Work of Anglia Ruskin’s Saturday Art Club student promotes national exhibition

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Cambridge schoolboy Dave Monis is proving to be a hit with the art world, after his self-portrait was chosen to publicise an exhibition at a major London gallery.

Dave, who is a pupil at St Bede’s School in Cambridge, attends the weekly Saturday Art Club at Anglia Ruskin University’s East Road campus.

And the Year 10 student’s charcoal self-portrait was so impressive that it was selected to publicise the National Art&Design Saturday Club Summer Show currently being held at Somerset House in London, home of the world-famous Courtauld Gallery.

Over the last year approximately 1,000 14-16 year-olds have taken part in Saturday Art Clubs across the UK, and Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge School of Art is one of 33 universities and art colleges to have taken part in the scheme, which is organised by the Sorrell Foundation.

The free programme includes expert tuition at the Cambridge School of Art, a visit to London and a masterclass from the design team at Wallpaper* magazine.

The Cambridge youngsters were invited to the London headquarters of Wallpaper* magazine, where they were met by Editor-in-Chief Tony Chambers and challenged to design a cover for the magazine. 

The pupils were then presented with a copy of this month’s Wallpaper* magazine with their individual design printed on the cover.  Further details of their visit can be found here

Sorrel Hershberg of the Sorrell Foundation said:

“We were really impressed with the quality and maturity of Dave’s self-portrait, which is why we selected it as the poster image for this year’s Summer Show.  
“We warmly congratulate him and all the 1,000 young people who have taken part in the National Art&Design Saturday Club this year.  He should feel very proud of what he has achieved.
“In a very strong show, Cambridge School of Art made a huge impact with their covers for Wallpaper* magazine and their wonderful applique project.  Many congratulations to all the tutors, students and Club members!”

The National Art&Design Saturday Club Summer Show is on display at the Embankment Galleries at Somerset House until Friday, and entry is free.  For more information, visit and