• images from Young Open 2018
  • images from Young Open 2018
  • images from Young Open 2018
  • images from Young Open 2018
  • images from Young Open 2018
  • images from Young Open 2018

Black Swan Arts Young Open always attracts a variety of styles and mediums from young creatives.

Title: Black Swan Arts Young Open
Date: 30 March – 27 April
Preview: Saturday 30 March, 12pm midday

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Competition open for entries 13 December 2018 – 22 February 2019

The Young Open is our annual competition for creatives between the ages of 8 and 19. We’re always impressed with the variety and vibrancy of work submitted. And it’s one of our best-attended exhibitions of the year.

The Young open gives younger artists the opportunity to experience entering an art competition and to have their work displayed in an art gallery. And we hope that entrants from the Young Open will go on to take part in the Art Open as they get older.

Black Swan Arts is proud to collaborate with local education providers. We welcome group submissions from schools and colleges and entries from individuals.

As with our Art Open, there are also prizes awarded. Visit the competition site to submit an entry or to view our full competition details, terms and guidelines.

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Young Open 2019 Judges

Young Open judge 2018 - Paris aka Graham Dews
Young Open judge 2018 - Matt Wellsted

Matt Wellsted
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Young Open judge 2018 - Rhiannon Davies

Rhiannon Davies
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Young Open judge 2018 - Tina Gaisford-Waller
Tina Gaisford-Waller

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Young Open judge 2018 - Cllr Rich Ackroyd

Cllr Rich Ackroyd
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Prize winners

8 – 11 years

miniature model of a market stall with herbs hanging down

Lucy Greig
‘Mrs Quirlock’s Emporium of Herbal Supplies and rare plants’

photograph of a bottle of wine with the cork exploding from the mouth

Catherine Mocke
‘Liquid Fire’

four cat prints in monotone pink, yellow, grey and blue

Ebba Palma
‘Colour Pop Cat’

yellow and grey bird clutching a twig

Nell Ttwheam
‘Little Bird’

12 – 15 years

an animated female appears in a series of photographs. On a bike and sitting on a railing with a cat

Lily Wood
‘Digital Illustration ‘

portrait with heightened colours and face close to the surface

Astrid Rogers
‘Orla’

red octopus in the sea, made from plastic bottle tops

Charlie Matthews
‘Octo-plasty’

portrait of a female holding fairy lights towards her face

Bethany Pass
‘Lights’

16 – 19 years

multiple layers of portraits suspended from a frame so you can see different sections of the images

Laura O’Brien
‘Identity’

a small child

Felicity Sloane-White
‘Mummy and Filly’

a drawing of a male wearing a gas mask

Paopao Yang
‘Breath’

stitching into newspaper, featuring the text

Poppy Thomas
‘Is that it?’

Highly Commended

8 – 11 years

  • Sean Markey
  • Edie Petherick
  • Xavi Bennett

12 – 15 years

  • Edie Ray
  • Alice Holden
  • Daisy Wellsted

16 – 19 years

  • Isabella Weir
  • Amy Diment
  • Arial Fiske de Gouveia

Prize givers

A big thank you to this year’s prize givers Studio Prints, Postscript and Ellenbray.

studio prints logo - art, framing, gallery
Postscript logo - stationers and art supplies
Ellenbray logo - toys and games