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Young London Print Prize: Inspiring the Next Generation to Act on Climate Change

November 8, 2022 | News,

Anthesis Group has sponsored the Young London Print Prize for the second year running, to help educate children on climate change and how we as a society can make positive changes towards a more sustainable world.

Over 1,500 young children, ages 9 – 11, from schools across London have taken part in the third Young London Print Prize, which saw them use art to express their personal response to climate change. The competition started during the pandemic as a response to a surging demand for arts education and ways for young people to express their response to the climate crisis. Since the Young London Print Prize’s inception, over 3,000 children ages 9 to 11, have taken part from neighbourhoods across the capital.

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Over 25 schools have taken part in this year’s prize, with free teacher training sessions and more than 40 workshops delivered across the capital from Plumstead and Walthamstow to the Isle of Dogs, where pupils are taught how to make art using a technique known as relief printing and preparing their submission to the prize.

The winners of this year’s print prize were announced earlier this week and showcased on the Piccadilly Lights. All the work showcased by the Young London Print Prize was created, judged, and curated by a group of 17 year old students.

Anthesis supported the initiative through funding of printmaking materials and an education programme for teachers and pupils in London communities, consequently allowing children to learn both about one of the biggest issues currently facing society and teach them the value of using art as an expression, which otherwise may not be possible during regular school curriculums. Anthesis also contributed expertise to the print prize’s essay which explores the role art and culture can play in further encouraging society and communities to act on climate change.

Matt Bell, Co-Founder of Young London Print Prize, commented “Climate change isn’t just a science problem – it’s also about our culture and behaviours. It’s a product of what we value. Art shapes our world view and helps us to see things differently, as well as being a critical form of protest. That’s why this prize is so important. Each year we have seen young people express their creative response to the climate crisis and take ownership of an issue that will dramatically affect their future lives.

The display of topics included in this year’s Young London Print Prize greatly indicates this generation’s broad interest and passion for environmental issues. We are proud to support the Print Prize for a second year, helping inspire and empower children with the knowledge and opportunities to move towards a more sustainable and just world.

Stuart McLachlan
CEO, Anthesis Group


A collection of the children’s prints, and winning entries, are on display at Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair from 3-6 November 2022 alongside more than 500 artists from across the globe, including big names such as Grayson Perry, Yinka Shonibare, Gavin Turk and Julian Opie. They are being exhibited at Woolwich Works, London’s latest landmark creative district.

Find out more about the Young London Print Prize here

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