the Anna airy award winners exhibition

Corvidae II by Edward Parkinson


Ipswich Art Gallery, Upper High Street, Ipswich, IP1 3NE 

Saturday 23 June -  Sunday 23 September 2018 


This year Ipswich Art Society is delighted to include a special show in its Annual Open Exhibition which will bring together past winners of the Anna Airy Award for young artists. This award was first made in 1968 by members of the Society following the death of Anna Airy (1882-1964) who had been their distinguished President for the past twenty four years of her life. They wished to recognise her role as an inspirational teacher and a champion of young artists for whom she always  reserved a space in the Society’s Annual Open Exhibition, as we do this year.


The Award has been made almost every year since. The generous sponsorship in recent years of The Arts Society South East Suffolk ( the local branch of the arts organisation formerly known as The National Society of Decorative and Fine Arts or NADFAS ) has enabled it to continue and to flourish as an independent event. The Anna Airy Award Exhibition as it is known, is now a high profile event showcasing the outstanding work produced by the students in our local schools and colleges. 


The date and timing of this exhibition are significant. 2018 is the centenary of the end of the First World War and Anna Airy had the distinction of being the first woman to be appointed as an official war artist. It will also coincide with The Heritage Open Weekend organised by the Ipswich Society.



Saturday 7 July 2018

 2 - 4 pm

A reception to  mark the 50th anniversary of the Anna Airy Award in the company of  Elisabeth Airy. With grateful thanks to the Arts Society South East Suffolk for their sponsorship of the Awards.