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Write on Art: the winners 2018

  • 16 Jul 2018
Write On Art

Write On Art,

Art UK and the Paul Mellon Centre are incredibly proud and delighted to announce the winners of the inaugural Write on Art prize – an award that was launched at the end of 2017 to encourage a greater interest in art and art history at schools.

Almost 200 students in Years 10 to 13 submitted essays ahead of the February closing date. Twenty-four were shortlisted and invited to a splendid prize-giving ceremony at the Paul Mellon Centre in Bedford Square where the following students walked away with prizes

Years 12/13

First place: Catherine Jamieson, Esher College – Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian

Second place: Felicity MacKenzie, Godalming College – Saint Francis in Meditation by Francisco de Zurbarán

First runner-up: Aspen Warren, Godolphin and Latymer – Eieio by Geoff Yeomans

Second runner-up: Anoushka Maini, Putney High School – Gassed by John Singer Sargent

Third runner-up: Alex Neish, Dulwich College – Study by David Hepher

Bacchus and Ariadne, Titian (c.1488–1576), National Gallery. Photo credit: National Gallery.

Bacchus and Ariadne, Titian (c.1488–1576), National Gallery. Photo credit: National Gallery.,

Years 10/11

First place: Abhimanyu Gowda, King Edward VI School, Warwickshire – British Empire Panel (11) India by Frank Brangwyn

Second place: Sophie Mullins-Poole, Diocesan School for Girls Grahamstown, South Africa – George IV (1762–1830), when Prince of Wales (after Joshua Reynolds) by John Hoppner

First runner-up: Lila Raczkevy-Eotvos, Abbey School – L & CH by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

Second runner-up: Anna Donald, St Richards Catholic College – Genesis: The Creation by Diana Cumming

Third runner-up: Elizabeth Tiskina, Stratford Girls – A Bar at the Folies-Bergère by Edouard Manet 


The five judges faced with the daunting task of choosing between the shortlisted candidates were Jeremy Deller, Dr David Dibosa, Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Dr Janina Ramirez and Jackie Wullschlager. It was an incredibly tough choice.

Director of the National Gallery, Gabriele Finaldi, said: 'I was delighted to be one of the judges of the inaugural Write on Art prize and impressed by the exceptionally high standard of the essays produced by the shortlisted candidates. It is so encouraging to see such talented young writers in their last few years of school. I wish Art UK and the Paul Mellon Centre great success with the prize in future years and hope it will enthuse more young people to look at, think about and write about art.'

The winning students in each category received £500, the second-placed students £200 and each of the runners-up £100. The two top essays in each of the two age categories will be published on Art UK and the Paul Mellon Centre websites each day for the next four days. Prepare to be dazzled!

Write on Art Ceremony 2018

Write on Art Ceremony 2018,

The annual Write on Art prize was launched in November 2017 to encourage an interest in art history among young people at school. Given the disturbing decline in focus on art and art history education in state schools, Art UK and the Paul Mellon Centre hope that this award will underline the importance of the subject as an academic discipline as well as highlighting the broader value of sharing ideas about art through good writing. Both our institutions hope this annual prize will be of particular interest to students and teachers in state schools.

At the awards ceremony – which was attended by students, parents and even some grandparents – we heard a number of times that the award had encouraged students to think seriously about changing A Level choices to include Art History, and some students mentioned thinking about studying the subject at university. It was music to our ears and we cannot wait to launch the prize for the second time in November 2018.

- Andrew Ellis, Director, Art UK, and Sarah Turner, Deputy Director for Research, Paul Mellon Centre


The shortlist of entrants for 2018:

Abhimanyu Gowda, King Edward VI School, Warwickshire

Lila Raczkevy-Eotvos, Abbey School

Anna Donald, St Richard’s Catholic College

Elizabeth Tiskina, Stratford Girls

Millie Garnepudi, Abbey School

Numair Tejani, Sutton Grammar

Jatin Naru, Royal Grammar School, Newcastle

Sophie Mullins-Poole, Diocesan School for Girls Grahamstown

Jessica Tabraham, Alleyn's School

Catherine Jamieson, Esher College

Sofia Cicchine, St Mary's Ascot

Adam Ramgoolie, St Paul's

Florence Colbeck, Pocklington

Felicity MacKenzie, Godalming College

Isobel Collins, St Catherine's School

Anoushka Maini, Putney High School

Aspen Warren, Godolphin and Latymer

Lucinda Clements, Stowe School

Aiden Tulloch, Thirsk School and Sixth Form College

Phillipa Thomas, The Queen's School, Chester

Francesca Tiana, St Mary's Ascot

Jonathan Cresswell, Colyton Grammar School

Alex Neish, Dulwich College

Farren Yuan, Cheltenham Ladies’ College