Tom de Freston was selected by UK Young Artists to represent the UK at World Event Young Artists (WEYA) in September 2012. Three of his large SHakespeare canvases were exhibited at the Bonnington Gallery in Nottingham.

This global event showcased a selection of the best international creative talent, across a spectrum of artforms, in one city, providing an opportunity for 1000 artists from 100 nations to join together and share their creativity on an international platform.

World Event Young Artists 2012 was hosted by UK Young Artists and supported by Arts Council England, Cultural Olympiad East Midlands, Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham City Council.