Waterfront art exhibition at UCS showcases local talent

The Ipswich Art Society, Anna Airy Exhibition for young artistic talent, opening night at UCS, Ipswi

The Ipswich Art Society, Anna Airy Exhibition for young artistic talent, opening night at UCS, Ipswich Waterfront. The Ipswich Art Society, Anna Airy Exhibition for young artistic talent, opening night at UCS, Ipswich Waterfront. Winner of the Anna Airy Award, art student Sophie Edwards from Ipswich School with her painting, Grandad - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Art Society exhibition features young artists

The Ipswich Art Society, Anna Airy Exhibition for young artistic talent, opening night at UCS, Ipswi

The Ipswich Art Society, Anna Airy Exhibition for young artistic talent, opening night at UCS, Ipswich Waterfront. - Credit: Archant

Ipswich has a long and fine tradition for the visual arts and University Campus Suffolk is continuing that tradition and encouraging contemporary work and local artists.

UCS is hosting the Anna Airy Award Exhibition 2013, showcasing the wealth of emerging artistic talent a within our region.

Organised by the Ipswich Art Society, the exhibition is aimed specifically at young artists and this year received more than 170 entries from school, college and university students.

Dozens of artists, friends and families attended the opening night along with guests who included the mayor of Ipswich, Hamil Clarke.

The exhibition has historically awarded two prizes.

The Anna Airy Award 2013 went to art student Sophie Edwards, formerly of Ipswich School, for her painting Grandad.

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This year, the Anna Airy Award was selected by Barbara Norman.

The Ipswich Art Society Award went to Henry Curtis-Williams for his Emily In A Newspaper Dress.

The 2013 Ipswich Art Society Award was selected by Jude Lockie.

This year a third award will be given, as voted for by the public who visit the exhibition.

The Anna Airy Award Fund was set up in 1965 in memory of Anna Airy (1882-1964).

Anna was one of the most distinguished painters of her generation, with work represented in many major national collections, and was President of the Ipswich Art Club (as the Ipswich Art Society was then called) for 19 years.

Also a teacher at the Ipswich School of Art, her students regarded her as a brilliant and inspirational teacher and in the Art Club’s Annual Open Exhibitions she made sure there was always a ‘student section’, to give young artists the opportunity to exhibit their work to the public in the setting of an art gallery.

The Ipswich Art Society was formed to promote and encourage interest in the visual arts by providing opportunities to exhibit, discuss, appreciate and participate.

It acts as a platform for established professionals, young artists and amateurs and has continued Anna Airy’s tradition of encouraging young people to exhibit by arranging independent exhibitions of students’ work in association with local schools, Suffolk New College and University Campus Suffolk.

This year UCS is introducing a new award, where members of the public are invited to vote for the artwork that they find the most inspirational.

The winner of this public vote will receive the ‘Star Award for Inspiration’.

Voting slips will be available at reception in the UCS Waterfront Building and can be posted in the voting box also at reception.

Public voting closes on 30 October and the winner will be announced on the November 1.

Exhibition dates: 15 October – 31 October

Venue: UCS Waterfront Building Foyer

Opening times: Monday to Sunday 9am – 9pm

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