A year 5 pupil from Foxfield Primary School in Woolwich has won a ground-breaking art competition, beating off competition from 500 other young artists. Launched in the middle of the Covid pandemic, the Young London Print Prize showcases work created and judged by young people. It is driven by the idea that all young people are artists in their own right and aims to write a new future for art history across the capital.
The Young London Print Prize is both a practical and strategic response to the gap in high-quality arts education for young Londoners. Explaining its significance, John Lewis, Executive Director for Thamesmead at Peabody said: "We support communities to live happier and wealthier lives and we need to inspire young people to take creative career paths. One in six jobs in London is now in the creative sector. This Prize has demonstrated there is huge appetite from young people to take part and the impact that creative activities can have on their aspirations and wellbeing. It's never been more important to make culture and creativity a part of our daily lives.”
The Young London Print Prize is a collaboration between Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair and Boldface. The Fair is exhibiting online this year because of the pandemic from 12 November to 13 December.
It will return to the Royal Arsenal in 2021 as part of the new creative quarter, Woolwich Works.