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26 February 2019

On 20th February 2019 we hosted our second annual London Youth Visual Art Competition.

The competition was open to young people from across our network of over 450 community youth organisations. This year’s theme was ‘belonging’.

Over 50 young people contributed to the work on display in a range of different visual art forms, showing the talent, diversity and creativity of young Londoners.

We’d like to thank Wac Arts for hosting this exhibition and to the youth organisations and young people involved.

The winners in our three categories were chosen by our judging panel: Renee Odjidja from The Whitechapel Gallery, Dhiyandra Natalegawa from Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, and Elena from our youth advisory board Dare London. 

This year’s winners

8-12 category: ‘Collage’ by Freya, Iyannah, Aasia, Nainai, Eden, Yoana, Camila, Noelia And Fortune, The Baytree Centre


13-17 category – ‘Reality Check’ by Cameron, Cambridge House


18-25 category – ‘Dreams’ by Deeksha, Sapphire Community Group

The runners up

8 – 12 Age Category:

2nd Place: ‘My Paddington’ by Paddington Arts

13 – 17 Age Category:

2nd Place: ‘Embryo to Future’ by Ashira, Cambridge House

3rd Place: ‘The Death of the Remote Control Car’ by Luigi, Cambridge House

18 – 25 Age Category:

2nd Place: ‘Dreamy Rose’ by Ashleigh, Rugby Portobello Trust

3rd Place: ‘Society’ by Grace, Rugby Portobello Trust

Special Commendation: ‘Stranger Series’ by Coram Young Citizens

“It’s brilliant to see so many submissions to our competition by young Londoners from right across the city. We launched Young Culture Makers in 2017 because we could see there was such a demand from young people for opportunities to get creative. With so many schools cutting back on arts and culture education we have an important responsibility to ensure that all young people benefit from the arts. Community youth organisations are a vital way for us to do this.”

– Zoe Mellis, Head of Sport and Culture

Thanks to all of the judges, young people and youth professionals involved in making the competition such a success!

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