the Anna airy award exhibition 2019

An annual exhibition featuring  exciting new work by young people aged 16 - 20 years.

The University of Suffolk

Open Saturday 16 - Thursday 28 November 2019


The Exhibition Opening and Presentation of Awards, to which students, their parents and friends are invited, will be on Friday 15 November, 6.30 - 8.30 pm.


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.
£150 will be awarded to the runner-up.


Key Arts Award for innovation - £100 


University of Suffolk Star Award - chosen by the public.


There will also be Certificates of Commendation.


Sponsored by The Arts Society South East Suffolk. Organised by the Ipswich Art Society in association with the University of Suffolk.


The Anna Airy Award

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 Art School and in the Art Club's Annual Exhibition she always included a student section to give young artists a chance to exhibit their work in the public setting of a gallery.

The Society has continued the tradition by arranging independent exhibitions of students' work in association with schools, Suffolk New College and the University of Suffolk.

The Anna Airy Award Exhibition 2018

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Anna Airy Award Winner 2018

London Perspectives  by Daisy Gemmel

This annual exhibition featuring exciting new work by young people aged 16 - 20 years was held in the Waterfront Building at The University of Suffolk, Ipswich in November 2018. 


Sponsored by The Arts Society South East Suffolk. Organised by the Ipswich Art Society in association with the University of Suffolk.

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Anna Airy Award Runner Up

Bekah by Sophie Rennison

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Ipswich Art Society Award Winner

 Bouquet by Wai Yee Yeung

Runner Up My Mum by George Hunt

Ipswich Art Society Award Runner Up

 My Mum by George Hunt

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Key Arts Award Winner

Takeaway by Joanne Fu

Highly Commended

John Monge, Joy Burston, Aiden Cocker, Jasmine Hammond, Annabel Wilkes, Daisy Ashe, Amelia Slater, Millie Crewe, Melissa Khedimallah, Luke Morris, Hanna Hall, Kirstie Payne.


Congratulations to all the young artists aged 16 - 20 years who took part in this year's exhibition.