Young London Print Prize 2023

Empowering and educating the next generation

27th October 2023

young london print prize winner

Anthesis has sponsored the Young London Print Prize for a third year running, to help to empower and educate young people to be influencers of positive change and climate action for generations to come.

This year, nearly 2000 young Londoners between the ages of 9 and 11, from 34 schools across the capital,  took part in the competition, which saw them express their personal response to the climate crisis through the art of printmaking. The artworks were later judged by a team of 16 -17-year-old student curators from across London.

young artists working on their art for the young london print prize

According to research, 7 out of 10 of young adults in Britain feel ‘worried’ about climate change, but only 9% believe they have a great deal of influence in decisions about it. The Young London Print Prize was launched to help address this, aiming to inspire the next generation of artists and reveal how young people feel about the climate crisis.

winners of the 2023 young london print prize

The winners of this year’s print prize were announced earlier this week, with their winning artworks displayed on London’s Piccadilly Lights – an iconic landmark seen by 100 million people passing through Piccadilly Circus annually. Anthesis’ Global Head of Marketing & Communications, Kirsten Doddy, also had the pleasure of presenting awards to the winners at a ceremony.

Anthesis supported the initiative through funding of printmaking materials and an education programme for schools and pupils across communities in London, which both allows children to learn about climate change, sustainability and how they can express themselves through art, which otherwise may not be possible during regular school curriculums.

Congratulations to all the winners as well as those who entered. Anthesis is very proud to support the Young London Print Prize for a third year and to see the topic of climate change appearing across many elements of a child’s education, including art. This generation has already grasped the importance of this topic and is using their skills as natural influencers to drive positive change.
Kirsten Doddy
Global Head of Marketing and Communications, Anthesis Group

Matt Bell, Chair of Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair and Co-Founder of the Young London Print Prize, commented, “Most of the schools that we work in have almost no resources for art. That would be wrong in any context but in a climate crisis, it’s just madness. If you want to shape social values and inspire young people to make different choices, art and creativity are completely fundamental.” 

The Young London Print Prize is run by Woolwich Contemporary Art Fair and the winning artworks will be exhibited alongside some of Britain’s best loved contemporary artists, including Cornelia Parker and Bridget Riley, at Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair from 26 – 29 October 2023.