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 


In 2018 the Society included a special show in its Annual Open Exhibition which brought 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 is 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. 

The Anna Airy Awards Exhibition was officially opened at a special reception on the 7th July. It was attended by Anna Airy’s cousin, Elisabeth Airy, who gave us an interesting insight into her life and career. 

Jan Watson of the Ipswich Art Society and organiser of the Anna Airy Awards exhibitions, Jude Lockie, President of the Ipswich Art Society and Elisabeth Airy. 

Elisabeth Airy, The Mayor of Ipswich Councillor Jane Riley, Jude Lockie and Andrew Casey of the Ipswich Art Society and author of the Anna Airy biography and the Award Winners Exhibition catalogue.