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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. 

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

England and Wales: Years 12 & 13

Northern Ireland: Years 13 & 14

Scotland: S6

England and Wales: Years 10 & 11

Northern Ireland: Years 11 & 12

Scotland: S4 & 5

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

Image credits for Write on Art header:

Seated Buddha (detail), Indian School or Thai School. Photo credit: Folkestone Museum, CC BY-NC-SA.

Gypsy Bather (detail) by Belleek Pottery. Photo credit: Fermanagh County Museum, CC BY-NC.

Ratisbon Triptych (centre panel, detail) by unknown artist. Photo credit: Blairs Museum, CC BY-NC.

The Origin of the White Horse (detail) by David Imms (b.1945), © the artist. Photo credit: Wiltshire Museum, CC BY-NC-SA.

The Smallest Show on Earth (detail), by Geoffrey Scowcroft Fletcher (1923–2004), © Grundy Art Gallery, CC BY-NC-SA.

The Summer Isles (detail) by David Young Cameron (1865–1945). Photo credit: Atkinson Art Gallery Collection, CC BY-NC-SA.

Sunflowers (detail) by Curt Herrmann (1854–1929). Photo credit: Leicester Arts and Museums Service, CC BY-NC-SA.

Girl Combing Her Hair (detail) by Harold Gilman (1876–1919). Photo credit: Royal Albert Memorial Museum, CC BY-NC-SA.

Pride of Place (detail) by Briton Riviere (1840–1920). Photo credit: Royal Albert Memorial Museum, CC BY-NC-SA.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (detail) by Walter Wallis. Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London.