Maidstone Young Artist Award

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Maidstone Young Artist Award 2021

Fri 18th Oct 2019 to Sun 20th Jun 2021 - -


This exciting bi-annual award is open to all young artists, up to 25 years old, living in the South East of England.

Our aim is to give young artists the chance to win the prestigious Maidstone Young Artist Award and a platform to exhibit and sell their artworks within the County Town’s museum, in the temporary exhibition galleries.

The theme for the 2021 competition is ‘Spirit of Kent’. This can be interpreted in any way that you wish, but please note that we cannot accept any photography or digital media.

Follow us on Instagram @Maidstoneyaa and look for inspiration at #MYAASpiritOfKent and add your own ideas. Spread the word!

If you are interested in finding out more about the Maidstone Young Artist Award 2021, then please register your interest via the form below.


20-25 years old:

1st Prize       £250
Runner up  £100

Under 20 years old:

1st Prize        £250
Runner up   £100

The Visitors’ Vote

Visitors to the exhibition are given the chance to vote for their favourite artwork. The piece with the most votes wins ‘The Visitors’ Vote’.

The winning artist will have the opportunity to exhibit their artworks in the westspace at the museum during 2021/22.

2019 Award Winners


Winner – ‘Flame Lily’ by Rosie Watson           Runner-Up – ‘A Journey’ by Ellie Ross-Wilkinson

2019 Visitors’ Vote Winners 


‘Something beginning’ by Lilly Wills                ‘Forever Friends’ by Grace Mankelow

Why take part?

As well as a significant cash prize, the competition is a unique opportunity in Kent to exhibit and sell work within the County Town’s Museum exhibition galleries. The winner of the 20-25 years category will also be invited to sit on the judging panel for the 2023 Awards.

The Maidstone Young Artist Award is supported by Maidstone Museums’ Foundation

How do I enter?

The competition is open to artists who are under 25 years of age on 1 January 2021. The cost of entry is £10 per artwork.  Artists are welcome to submit up to three works for consideration for inclusion in the exhibition.

Further details and application forms will be available on the Museum website or for collection from the Museum from 1 June 2020.  You will need to accompany your entry with a full colour image (Jpeg or Tiff), a 100 word description of the artwork, with an explanation of how your work represents the ‘Spirit of Kent’ and payment. An acknowledgement of all submissions will be sent via email; artists will be notified of the outcome of their entry by 27 November 2020.

The selection panel will meet after 19 November 2020 to draw up a short list of around 80+ works for display. The team of judges will select and announce the winner on the preview evening, Friday 5 March 2021.


Opening date for submissions: Monday 1 June 2020

Closing date for submissions: Sunday 13 November 2020

Selection Panel: 19 November 2020

Deliver Artwork: Thursday 25 & Friday 26 February 2021

Private View: Friday 5 March 2021

Exhibition Dates: Saturday 6 March to Sunday 20 June 2021

Register your interest

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