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Write on Art

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 site.

In 2018 the judges included Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller and Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, London – this year, crime author Val McDermid, curator Hammad Nasar and art critic Louisa Buck will pick the winners.

Please note that the deadline for 2019 submissions has now passed.

Write on Art competition

Write on Art competition

Tips for the classroom

New to Art UK? Watch short films on our YouTube channel to find out how Art UK can support you in the classroom – whether you teach Art, History, English or Religious Studies.

Art UK offers a range of inspiring projects and initiatives to support children and young people’s learning both inside and outside the classroom.

Enjoy recent highlights from our programme below and request regular updates on our free programmes and resources by contacting the team at

Sculpture Project – 4MinuteFilm Challenge

As part of the Sculpture Project, Art UK is partnering with Culture Street to support 24 co-produced sculpture films with young people, each group receiving a £100 bursary. Students will produce a short film about a publicly owned sculpture, while growing their confidence and developing their skills.

Applications for the challenge are now closed.

Sculpture project partner CultureStreet filming with young people at the Usher Gallery, Lincoln

Sculpture project partner CultureStreet filming with young people at the Usher Gallery, Lincoln

Creative Commons

Take our creative challenge and support the development of young people’s knowledge around the Creative Commons licence, by contributing to our crowd-sourced GIF and meme collection featuring images from the nation's collection which have Creative Commons licences assigned.

Start using our artworks licence filter today to find thousands of low-resolution images available to share and reuse for free. Create personalised GiFs and memes, using a licence that permits derivatives, and submit to our growing collection.

Animated GIF of The Great Picture (detail)

Animated GIF of The Great Picture (detail)

1646, oil on canvas by Jan van Belcamp (c.1610–1653) (attributed to)

Arts Speaks 

In May 2017 we challenged some of the UK’s most exciting young performers to write an original response to an artwork of their choice from our site for National Poetry Day. You can see what they came up with on our Art Speaks playlist.

Performers included Raza Hussain, Rowan McCabe, Sophia Thakur, Sabrina Mahfouz and Amani Saeed. Art Speaks is about celebrating the impact art can have, how it makes you think and what it can make you feel.

We hope that Arts Speaks will return in the near future.