Peabody is sponsoring this years’ Young London Print Prize, which is a collaboration between Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair and Boldface. Students from Bishop John Robinson Primary School in Thamesmead will be taking part again this year after having two entries shortlisted for the prize in 2020.
Close to a thousand young people from the capital will use art to express their ideas about tackling climate change, as the UK prepares to host COP26, the United Nations climate change conference.
All of the work showcased by the Young London Print Prize is created, judged and curated by young people themselves. Last year, the Prize was won by an outstanding entry from a year 5 pupil in Woolwich, who beat off competition from 500 other young artists.
Commenting on the Thamesmead primary school’s involvement in the prize, Adriana Marques, Head of Cultural Strategy for Thamesmead at Peabody, said: “Global warming isn’t some far-away issue for the communities we work with. If you live by the estuary, it could dominate your future. So we have to ask young people what do they think about the impact and solutions for a place like Thamesmead? Art is a brilliant way to have that conversation and create alternative futures, using the medium of printmaking to give children a chance to communicate their experience and aspirations.”
There will be 10 primary schools and four secondary schools from across Thamesmead, Plumstead and Woolwich taking part in this year’s prize. The winner will be announced at the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair on Thursday 11 November.
The Young London Print Prize is a collaboration between Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair and Boldface. Visit the website here.