The Young London Print Prize – Cop26


In the lead-up to COP26 in Glasgow, young people from across London were invited to express their own personal response to the climate crisis through their love of art.

The Young London Print Prize is a new competition which aims to inspire and showcase the work of young artists. All the work is created and judged by young people themselves. 988 pupils from 21 schools took part this year.

The winning entry by Meryl Basoa, a Year 6 pupil from Heronsgate Primary School, is called ‘Climate Love‘. It was chosen by a group of Year 12 students from secondary schools across the capital who judged all the submissions.

The second prize was scooped by ‘Land of Peace‘, a beautiful monoprint by Mohammad Juman from Oxford Gardens Primary School in North Kensington and third prize by ‘Glowing Moon‘, created by Zahra Alam from Seven Mills Primary on the Isle of Dogs.

Their work is being exhibited in the brand new creative quarter at Woolwich Works alongside more than 500 artists from across the globe, including big names such as David Shrigley and Julian Opie.

Sponsorship from Anthesis and Palatine Private Equity provided vitally important funding for young Londoners to explore the arts and understand more about sustainability – skills that will help set them up for life. We’re delighted to see that this programme has got people talking about climate art and how to bring the creative voice of young people into the decade of action.

Matt Bell

Chair of Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair and Co-creator of the Young London Print Prize