Write on Art is an annual prize for young art writers aged 15–18, sponsored by Art UK and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Art UK is the home for all art in UK public collections. It features over 230,000 artworks by over 40,000 artists.

To enter Write on Art, all you have to do is pick one artwork featured on the Art UK website and write about it.

What does it say to you? What’s the history behind it? How does it make you feel?

This is your opportunity to write about the things you care about.

How to Enter

Write on Art is free to enter and there are two categories:

England and Wales: 

Years 10 & 11

Years 12 & 13

Northern Ireland:

Years 9 & 10

Years 11 & 12


S3 & 4

S5 & 6

The winners will win a cash prize and have their essays featured on the Art UK and Paul Mellon Centre websites.

1st place – £500

2nd place – £200

Runners up – three of £100 each

The deadline is 31st March 2020. 

Prizes for the 2019–2020 prize will be awarded at a ceremony in summer 2020.

Further essential information, including full entry guidelines can be found on the Write on Art Prize website.