November 22, 2017

Art History Prize for Teenagers Established in UK

LONDON, ENGLAND—Write on Art is a new prize—sponsored by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the arts charity Art UK—aimed at keeping young people in the United Kingdom engaged with art history by writing about it, reports Gareth Harris of the Art Newspaper. The initiative comes a year after A-level art history courses were droppedfrom the national curriculum by the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance exam board (although Pearson, another board, created a new A-level for art history, which started in September).

Those who want to enter the competition are asked to “choose a work from the Art UK website and persuade readers to take a closer look.” There will be two categories for the award, based on age: one for fifteen- and sixteen-year-olds, and another for seventeen- and eighteen-year-olds. The submission deadline for the first year is February 26, 2018. Winners will receive a cash prize of about $660.

Among the jury are Jackie Wullschlager, an art critic at the Financial Times; Gabriele Finaldi, the director of the National Gallery in London; and the artist Jeremy Deller, who said of the award: “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.”

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