Mohammad Juman awarded second place at Young London Print Prize, with ACAVA’s support

'Land of Peace' by Mohammad Juman from Oxford Gardens Primary School in North Kensington won the second prize at this year’s Young London Print Prize, a new competition launched during the pandemic which aims to inspire and showcase the work of young artists.


Image: 'Land of peace' Mohammad Juman (Oxford Gardens Primary School) 


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 the medium of printmaking.

Mohammad was one of 100 pupils from three primary schools in North Kensington (Oxford Gardens Primary School, Bevington Primary School, Colville Primary School and Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School) to be supported by the ACAVA and artist-educator Ursula Kelly to create his own entry for the prize.

In total, 988 pupils from 21 schools took part in the Prize this year, judged by Year 12 students from secondary schools across the capital.

The first prize and third prizes were won by Meryl Basod, a Year 6 pupil from Heronsgate Primary School on Thamesmead, and Zahra Alam from Seven Mills Primary on the Isle of Dogs.



Images: 'Climate Love' by Meryl Basod (Heronsgate Primary School) and 'The Glowing Moon' Zahra Alam (Seven Mills Primary School)


Tom Holley, Chief Executive of ACAVA, commented: “The artworks that these young Londoners have created are incredibly inspiring – both for their quality and message about the climate crisis. This exhibition of their work within the Woolwich Print Fair is a powerful platform for us to listen to their voices and feelings about our global future. ACAVA has supported young people to create art for almost 50 years and believes in the power of creativity to amplify and elevate young people's voices. Being a partner of the Young London Print Prize has been a special experience for the young people and artists we have worked with over the past months. All our team congratulate the entrants and winners, and hope that they are inspired to continue printmaking and making art."



Stuart McLachlan, Chief Executive of Anthesis, global sustainability specialists and one of the sponsors of the Prize, said: “What I love about this competition is how it harnesses the hope and creativity of young people, showcasing their interpretation of the world around them. Their generation will be much more affected by our failure to deal with an ecological breakdown. And that means young people must be central to the way we now respond.”

You can see the work of these young artists on display at Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair from 11-14 November 2021. They are 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.

Cllr Adel Khaireh, Cabinet Member for Culture, Communities and Equalities at the Royal Borough of Greenwich said: “As the host borough for this Prize, I’m delighted to see it give so many young artists from different backgrounds a platform to express how they feel about the climate crisis.”

The Young London Print Prize is a collaboration between Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, Boldface and ACAVA. Its sponsors include Peabody, Anthesis, and Palatine Private Equity. If you or your school is interested in taking part next year, please contact: matt@woolwichprintfair.com

Learn more about ACAVA’s involvement in the Prize here.