Proud sponsors of the Young London Print Prize, Anthesis and Palatine Private Equity shared their support at an event last night announcing the winners of the Young London Print Prize for 2021.
In the lead-up to COP26 in Glasgow, young people from across London were invited to express their own personal response to the climate crisis through the medium of printmaking. The winning entry by Meryl Basoa, a Year 6 pupil from Heronsgate Primary School, is called ‘Climate Love‘. It was chosen by a group of Year 12 students from secondary schools across the capital who judged all the submissions.
The second prize was scooped by ‘Land of Peace‘, a beautiful monoprint by Mohammad Juman from Oxford Gardens Primary School in North Kensington and third prize by ‘Glowing Moon‘, created by Zahra Alam from Seven Mills Primary on the Isle of Dogs.
The Young London Print Prize is a new competition launched during the pandemic which aims to inspire and showcase the work of young artists. All the work is created and judged by young people themselves. 988 pupils from 21 schools took part this year. The work of the winning young artists is on display at Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair from 11-14 November 2021. They are being exhibited in the brand new creative quarter at Woolwich Works alongside more than 500 artists from across the globe, including big names such as David Shrigley and Julian Opie.
With a strong focus on its local communities, Anthesis supported the initiative through funding of materials and delivery of an education programme tailored towards the teachers and pupils on the impact of climate change in their local areas.
Stuart McLachlan, Chief Executive of Anthesis said: “This competition harnesses the hope and creativity of young people, showcasing their interpretation of the world around them. Their generation will be much more affected by our failure to deal with ecological breakdown and so young people must be central to the way we now respond.”
Chair of Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair and Co-creator of the Young London Print Prize Matt Bell added: “Sponsorship from Anthesis and Palatine Private Equity provided vitally important funding for young Londoners to explore the arts and understand more about sustainability – skills that will help set them up for life.”
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