Three students from Ipswich High School have been recognised for their artistic talent.

The pupils were picked out from more than 150 entries from 11 schools in the annual Anna Airy Award Exhibition.

Staged by the Ipswich Art Society and hosted by the University of Suffolk, Ipswich High School students Louise Batchelor, Isabelle Tucker and Ellie Benfield won three of the four prizes available.

Desmond Brett, senior lecturer in fine art at Norwich University of the Arts, who was one of the judges, said: “The design work was of an excellent standard reflecting the good work being done, especially at Ipswich High School, which is clearly led by material handling and knowledge of design technology processes.

“It was encouraging to see some work that considered other subjects outside the self-image or portrait which looked to political events nationally and globally, and more pan-cultural topics and representation.”

The overall Anna Airy Award was presented to Louise Batchelor for her work, ‘The Beauty in What is Left Behind’. The judging panel said her “three paintings dealt with a refreshingly unromantic subject of the overlooked spaces behind shops or houses that are dark, dank and abject”.

Meanwhile, Isabelle Tucker picked up the Ipswich Art Society Award for excellence in any media for ‘Water Butt Bench’.

Judge Dr Susan Barnet, course leader in fine art at the University of Suffolk, said: “Isabelle Tucker’s Water Butt Bench was a conceptually playful engagement with the serious subject of water ecology.

“The ambition of this functional sculpture was skilfully realised.”

The Key Arts Award for innovation was awarded to Ellie Benfield whose work ‘Camouflage Furniture’ was described as “a neat concept of making ply furniture that can also be stacked into wall apertures”.

Imogen Vickers, Head of Art at Ipswich High School, said: “We are delighted that our students picked up three of the four prizes at the Anna Airy Award Exhibition 2019.

“The awards shine a spotlight on and truly celebrate the wealth of artistic talent at Ipswich High School.

“The prizes for Louise, Isabelle and Ellie are a real testament to their hard work and creativity.”

The Anna Airy Award and exhibition has been staged since 1965 in memory of the Art Society’s former president who was a distinguished painter and championed the work of young artists.

The exhibition, sponsored by The Arts Society South East Suffolk, runs at the University of Suffolk until Thursday, November 28.