Write on Art is a national writing competition set up by Art UK and the Paul Mellon Centre to encourage an interest in art history among young people. Launched in November 2017, this annual prize is open to all UK students aged 15–18. Each student writes about one artwork from the Art UK website.
“Art History is the study of power, politics, identity and humanity and we should be doing all we can – with projects like this – to get as many young people as possible excited by art history and involved in it”, Jeremy Deller, one of the Write on Art judges in 2018.
We want to recognise the importance of art and art history education in schools, and to encourage young people to consider the arts as an option for university study. Students are asked to select and write about one artwork from the Art UK website, responding to the simple prompt: “Choose an artwork that fascinates you and persuade your readers to share your interest and take a closer look at the artwork.”
In 2018 the judges included Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller and
The winners of each prize will have their submission featured on the Art UK and Paul Mellon Centre websites and will win a cash prize: 1st Place – £500, 2nd Place – £200, Runners Up – 3 awards of £100 each.
The prize is open to all students aged 15–18 studying in the UK. There are two prize categories, and the requirements for each category are slightly different. Full details on the prizes and how to enter can be found on the Write on Art website at www.writeonart.org.