How to apply

1. Choose one artwork from the Art UK website that interests or intrigues you. Take a look at our advice on picking a work of art


2. Take a look at what the judges will be looking for in your age category. Year 10/11 applicants should write 400 words and Year 12/13 applicants should write 600 words. 


3. Write about it in a way that would persuade people to share your interest and enthusiasm. Have a look at our top tips before you start writing

4. Click on the apply button and get your application form started. You can save changes to your application as you go along.


5. Make sure you include a picture of your chosen artwork, along with its title and the artist's name, in your submission.

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

Centre: Light and Colour (Goethe's Theory) - the Morning after the Deluge - Moses Writing the Book of Genesis by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851). Photo credit: Tate, CC BY-NC-ND.

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

6. The final file should be in a PDF format.

7. Nominate a responsible adult (teacher, care worker, youth worker, counsellor, parent, or carer) to verify that your essay was written by you.


Note: This step is mandatory. Any submission without a completed reference form from a responsible adult will be disqualified. You will be able to send your responsible adult a form to complete when you're filling out your application. Read the full terms and conditions.


8. Submit your essay by the deadline of 31st July 2020


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Take a look at this year's winning essays:

Years 12 and 13

First place: Viola Turrell from James Allen's Girls' School on Blotter by Peter Doig
Second place: Grace Page from Ysgol Bro Pedr Comprehensive on Greenham, Peace Vigil by Claudia Williams

Years 10 and 11

First place: Jack Harrison from Giggleswick School on La Mitrailleuse by C. R. W. Nevinson
Second place: Maryam Khan from the Queens School Chester on Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian

Good luck! 

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