A SCULPTURE by a local schoolgirl has been selected for a new exhibition at the Royal Academy (RA) of Arts in London – and it was made using old Hampshire Chronicle newspapers.

Amelia Frost, a 12-year-old pupil at Twyford School, was one of only 139 artists chosen from more than 6,200 entrants.

The Year 7 student created ‘The Chairmen’ during the school holidays, using recycled pieces of wood, chicken wire, and several copies of the Chronicle, which she shredded to make papier mache.

Amelia found the stool and chair at the Winchester Recycling Centre at Bar End.

She said: “I feel really excited and surprised to have been chosen. I’m quite blown away and quite speechless because it’s such a big achievement.

“I’m excited to see what the other entries look like in the exhibition and seeing how my statues look there with all the other art.”

Amelia’s art teacher put her forward for the competition, and her piece was then judged by a panel of artists, RA curators and RA school students and teachers.

‘The Chairmen’ will be on display in the inaugural Young Artists’ Summer Show at the RA between July 13 and August 4.