Suffolk art students to take centre stage at the Suffolk Show

The Suffolk Agricultural Association has launched a brand-new competition to help budding artists across the county to showcase their work at the 2019 Suffolk Show.

The art pavilion and exhibition are a popular attraction at the Suffolk Show with visitors flocking to pick up an original piece of art from home-grown talent. This year, A-level Art students will be able to showcase and sell their artwork to show visitors in the first competition of its kind. Artwork must be original but can be in any form including paintings, sculpture, photography and mixed media.

Students must register their interest by Friday 14th December with artwork judging process taking place week commencing Monday 28th January 2019. Judges will then select a maximum of two pieces per student to display in the art pavilion at the Suffolk Show where it will be available to purchase by show visitors.

Helen Fomenko, show and education projects lead at the SAA said; “We are very excited to launch this art competition to A-level art students in Suffolk. We know there are some incredibly talented budding artists around the county and we hope this competition will help provide some experience of preparing for a public art exhibition as well as understanding the commercial aspects of selling their artwork.”

This competition is part of the Suffolk Agricultural Association’s annual education programme that includes the School Show Garden Competition, Suffolk Farming School of the Year competition and Tractors in Schools.

Phillip Ainsworth, chief executive of the SAA commented; “As a charity, the Suffolk Agricultural Association is committed to encouraging interactive learning, supporting agricultural careers and celebrating the unique aspects of the county both through the education programme and the Suffolk Show. It is wonderful to see these objectives brought together through this competition.”

As a charity, the SAA’s core purpose is to be a force for good to encourage and facilitate positive engagement between the public and those working in food, farming and the countryside. The SAA achieves this through the Suffolk Show as well as a series of education programmes aimed at young people in schools and colleges. To find out more about the SAA and the Suffolk Show, visit