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Anna Airy exhibition opening at University of Suffolk

2 Nov 2016 9:15AM

An exhibition of young artists aged 16 - 20 which is named and is named in memory of Anna Airy will on display at The University of Suffolk.

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 17 November and will be closing 29 November 2016. The private view will be held on 16 November.

Carol Gant, Arts Curator at The University of Suffolk, said, 'We are delighted to host the Anna Airy Award Exhibition 2016, showcasing 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 years 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 Artand, 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.

The Exhibition Opening and Presentation of Awards, to which students, their parents and friends are invited, will be on Wed. November 16th 2016, 6.30 - 8.30 p.m.