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Forthcoming Exhibitions

Anna Airy Awards 2017

18 Nov - 29 Nov 

The University is delighted to work in collaboration with Ipswich Arts Society to host the Anna Airy 2017 Exhibition and Awards. The exhibition features works from artists aged 16 - 20 and is named in memory of Anna Airy. 

The exhibition has run since 1964 to promote young and emerging talent. It attracts well over a hundred of entries from schools and colleges in the area. It will be opened to the public from the 18 November and will be closing 29 November 2017. The private view will be held on 18 November.

Carol Gant, Arts Curator at The University of Suffolk, said, 'We are delighted to host the Anna Airy Award Exhibition 2017, showcases the wealth of emerging artistic talent among young people within our region. Organised by the Ipswich Art Society, the exhibition is aimed specifically at young artists and we look forward to receiving this year’s entries.'

The Award Fund was set up in 1965 in memory of Anna Airy (1882-1964) . She was one of the most distinguished painters of her generation with work represented in many major national collections. During the First World War she was appointed an official war artist. For 19 years she was President of Ipswich Art Club (as the Ipswich Art Society was then called).Anna Airy was also regarded as a brilliant and inspirational teacher by her students at Ipswich School of Art and, in the Art Club’s Annual Exhibition, she always included a ‘student section’ to give younger artists a chance to exhibit their work in the public setting of agallery. The Society has continued the tradition by arranging independent exhibitions of students’ work in association with schools, colleges and the University.

The following awards will be presented:  

The Anna Airy Award of £250 will be made for a painting or a drawing. £150 will be awarded to the runner-up.

The Ipswich Art Society Award of £250 will be made for work in any media (but not DVDs).

£150 will be awarded to the runner-up.

Key Arts Award for innovation. £100

University of Suffolk Star Award  to be chosen by the public. There will also be Certificates of Commendation.




Gallery information

Gallery Open

Monday - Friday 9.00 - 16.00

Weekends 10.00 - 16.00

Contact us

Waterfront Gallery

University of Suffolk

Waterfront Building
Neptune Quay

Carol Gant, Arts Curator

T:01473 338654