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Young East Anglian Artists

Woodbridge School Prep are delighted to be hosting the 2023 Young East Anglian Artists competition and exhibition of children’s art to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Please note: YEAA has now finished for 2022 – 2023. Please keep in touch for 2023 – 2024’s programme.

This year, we are proud to be continuing our Young East Anglian Artists competition. This community event will enable us to celebrate the artwork of our young artists, whilst raising money for Cancer Research UK.

At home and in school the children are producing artwork based on this year’s theme ‘Broadening Horizons’.  In the words of activist, Global Champion and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Bryant McGill, “Just beyond the horizon of the so-called impossible, is infinite possibility.”  Defined as ‘the line at which the Earth’s surface and sky appear to meet’ and ‘the limit of a person’s knowledge, experience, or interest’, we encourage our Young Artists to explore their own understanding of this year’s theme. Could this be a landscape that inspires them, the depiction of how a horizon has changed across time and seasons, the portrait of an individual who has broadened the horizons for individuals across history, or is it to be interpreted broadly as exploring new ideas and experiences?

If your child would like the chance to have their work exhibited, they are asked to submit their artwork (and their copyright in it) to YEAA, along with a minimum entry donation of £2.50 per child, as their contribution to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Judges will select this year’s prize-winners and you will be notified if your child has won a prize, or their picture has been selected for the exhibition. The exhibition will be held at the John Gibbins Gallery in Woodbridge from Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th June.

Each exhibited artist will receive a certificate and winning artwork will be framed. Paintings at the exhibit are also available for purchase, with priority being given to the artist’s family. We know that we have many aspirational young artists within the school and are looking forward to sharing the work that they produce whilst raising money for charity.

Postcards of the winners work will be for sale at the exhibition and the paintings are also available for purchase, with priority being given to the artist’s family.

Entry Details

  • Every child entering can submit one piece of artwork following the theme “Broadening Horizons” (and transfers their copyright).
  • We ask for a minimum entry donation of £2.50 per child as their contribution, raising money for Cancer Research UK. (Details below)

All entries must be submitted by Friday 19th May. Where possible, we ask that work is delivered together to Woodbridge School Prep, otherwise we will arrange pick up of the artwork by one of our teachers.


  • Please attach a sticker with child’s name, year and school on the back of each entry.
  • Ensure the sticker has the arrow pointing in the direction indicating the top of the picture.


  • Any size up to A3 (42cm x 30cm).
  • Unmounted and unlaminated please.


  • All 2D mediums accepted.
  • No bulky collages.


  • Winners and runners up will be chosen from 4 age categories: Nursery & Reception, Years 1 &2, Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6.
  • All first prize art will be framed.


  • From the work submitted, we will ensure that each school is represented.
  • Given contacts from each school will be made aware of which entries have been chosen and can then relay this to parents.
  • Chosen artwork will be exhibited at the John Gibbins Gallery in Woodbridge from the 23rd – 25th June.
  • Artwork that has not been exhibited can be picked up from the exhibition.
  • Each exhibited artist will receive a certificate.
  • The artwork will also available for purchase, with priority being given to the artist’s family.

Key Documents

Artist Judges

Georgina Barclay

Georgina is a portrait painter who trained in Florence in the classical method and style of the renaissance masters. She lived and worked in London in her 20s and 30s and completed commissions including the then Prince of Wales and the late Queen. She has travelled extensively to paint portraits. Now back in Suffolk, Georgina set up artEast with Henny Palmer-Tomkinson and paints from her studio in Waldringfield. She curates artEast exhibitions which include established artists from all over the world alongside local artists and up and coming artists. This year including artwork from local schools.

Amanda Warren

Amanda Warren uses a variety of media including paint, paper, print, fabric and stitch. Her work always begins with drawing from observation and develops into either something more formal or something more free. She exhibits annually at Snape Maltings with Textile Art Group Suffolk (TAGS) and is a member of Ipswich Art Society and Suffolk Creative Freelance.

David Gillingwater

Trained as an illustrator and graphic designer, now living near Aldeburgh on the Suffolk Coast. David takes great inspiration from the classical masters of the Edwardian era. He aspires to give his portraits a strong narrative to the individuals depicted. His paintings have attracted national interest and has had work displayed in the RSMA open exhibition. He has also appeared on SKY Portrait Artist of the Year. David’s gritty maritime portraits made him an obvious candidate for the East Anglian Group of Marine Artists and in 2022 was made an associate member. Weekdays, he gives lessons in traditional oil painting technique from his studio in Theberton.

Any queries?

Miss Abigail Laven (Y6 Teacher and Art Co-ordinator)
Email: alaven@woodbridgeschool.org.uk
Tel: 01394 382673

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