2018 Exhibition at the Royal College of Art  

24TH - 27TH APRIL 2018


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Not long to go now until the 28th YOUNG ART Exhibition at the Royal College of Art next to the Royal Albert Hall, Jay Mews entrance.
We are looking forward to seeing you!

7,600 entries received…….800 exhibited

Come visit the Exhibition

Open to the public:

  • Wednesday 25th April    10.00 - 3.00
  • Thursday 26th April        10.00-3.00
  • Friday 27th April             10.00 - 1.00

Private viewings or by invitation letter  

  • Rec - Yr1  Tuesday 24th April 4-6pm  |  Speeches 5pm
  • Yr 7- 13     Tuesday 24th April 6-8pm  |  Speeches 7pm
  • Yr 4-6       Wednesday 25th  |  Two sessions according to school 4-5.30pm and 5.30-7.00pm | Speeches 5.00pm
  • Yr 2-3        Thursday 26th 4-6.00pm  | Speeches 4.30pm

Young Art is an Art competition for all school pupils which for the last 27 years has exhibited at the prestigious Royal College of Art in aid of Cancer Research UK. We have exciting new ventures planned for 2018 on the theme of FEELINGS.  

This year YOUNG ART is in partnership with the V&A who have produced a wonderful on line resource to inspire pupils and teachers. In conjunction with YOUNG ART they have chosen Artefacts which are on display at the V&A on the theme of FEELINGS .


This year our patron and judge Prof Chris Orr RA  has proposed a new category - PRINTMAKING which is his speciality.
Read more about his passion for the medium below.
This means students Yrs 7-13 can enter three categories - PAINTING, DRAWING AND PRINTMAKING.

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Making prints can be both enjoyable and valuable and can play a significant part in Art Education. It is rewardingbecause making prints involves learning practical skills towards expressing ideas and feelings. It is problem solving allied to emotional content. Many of the greatest artists have made prints from Hokusai through Rembrandt to David Hockney. The list is very extensive in all cultures. Printmaking is important in India, South America and of course China and Japan.

The 2018 theme “Feelings” is very appropriate for printmaking, because the tactile and visceral qualities of ink, colour and drawing can respond to the subjective as well as the objective.

What is an original print as opposed to a reproduction? To me, any medium that the artist intends and controls for the purposes of an idea is valid. For the Young Art competition 2018 I suggest that prints are confined to autographic methods (made directly by the artist) as opposed to digital and photographic processes which could be a future category.

Some schools are lucky enough to have sophisticated printmaking facilities up to professional standards, but the essence of original printmaking is equally found in simple methods. Paper shapes, wood cutting, stencil, frottage and dry point on plastic can yield fabulous results and there are many ways to print as yet to be developed! Simplicity can be a virtue, and no School should say that they don’t have the resources.

I look forward to seeing some wonderful prints from Schools in 2018

Chris Orr July 2017



The concept of YOUNG ART is brilliantly simple. 

YOUNG ART is an exhibition at the Royal College of Art for school students aged 4-18 raising funds for Cancer Research UK.

It is a wonderful opportunity for aspiring artists to have their work judged by well-known professional artists and exhibited at the prestigious Royal College of Art and, at the same time, raise money for Cancer Research UK.

YOUNG ART is run by volunteers and the overheads are kept to a minimum by our loyal supporters and sponsors, ensuring that almost all the money raised goes to research into the genetic causes of childhood cancers through Cancer Research UK.

YOUNG ART is a wonderful opportunity for children who enjoy art to help other children who are suffering from cancer and whose futures are not quite so assured.

To participate each student donates £2 per entry to Cancer Research UK.

The entries are collected in January of each year.  Approximately 800 artworks are hung and every exhibitor receives a certificate.  In addition the judges award 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prizes in 6 age categories (see Rules for details). 2018 welcomes the new separate PRINTMAKING category judged by Prof Chris Orr MBE RA as well as DRAWING category judged by Eileen Cooper OBE RA.  

Every school that participates will be represented at the exhibition, a proportion of the total number of entries submitted will be displayed. 


Everyone is welcome at the exhibition – school groups during the day, exhibitors and parents on assigned evenings.


Another knock out exhibition ……. I was bowled over by the high standard of work. 

The quality of art work was brilliant and it was a treat to see such talent. 


Quote from the 2017 Young art exhibition at the rca

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Our Patrons

Prof Ken Howard OBE RA

Prof Chris Orr CBE RA

Prof Sir Christopher Frayling

Eileen Cooper  OBE RA

Our Judges

Nicola Bayley
Eilleen Cooper OBE RA
Patrick Cullen NEAC
Prof Sir Christopher Frayling
James Hart-Dyke
James Lloyd
Prof Chris Orr CBE RA
Dr Paul Thompson, Rector RCA


Our Supporters