Kent’s Young Artists show their talent

A competition for young artists across the county reaches its climax with an exhibition of their work at County Hall, Maidstone, starting later this month.

The annual John Downton Awards for Young Artists commemorate John Downton, the celebrated Kent artist, poet and philosopher, who was born in Erith in 1906.

This annual exhibition encourages and celebrates the diverse talent of a new generation of artists. Each year, students from schools and colleges across Kent are invited to participate in the awards, giving young artists aged 11-18 the opportunity to exhibit their work, possibly for the first time in their careers.

The annual John Downton Awards for Young Artists

The annual John Downton Awards for Young Artists

The 2014 John Downton Awards has attracted record numbers of submissions which has resulted in a stunning exhibition of artistic talent. Of the 330 students from 36 schools and colleges that entered the competition, 91 artworks have been selected for the exhibition.

Competition entries, including photographs, mixed media and paintings, are judged by a panel of artists and art educators to select winners in a number of categories according to age and media, and the John Downton Trophy is awarded for the best overall school submission.

Admission is free to the exhibition, which will run from Wednesday 29 October, to 26 November, at the County Gallery, Sessions House, County Hall.

The gallery is open Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm and also from 10 am – 2 pm on Saturdays 1 and 22 November. Winners will be announced at an awards evening on Thursday, 13 November.

Visitors to the exhibition also get the chance to express their views by voting in the People’s Choice Award.

Partners in the project include Kent County Council, UCA, and Turner Contemporary.

The awards were established in 2000 at the request of Hilda Downton, the sister of John Downton, and are hosted by Kent County Council on behalf of the John Downton Trust.

The schools taking part this year are:

Dover
Astor College

Sittingbourne
Borden Grammar School

Ashford/Folkestone
Brockhill Park Performing Arts College
Goldwyn
Highworth Grammar School
Norton Knatchbull
The Folkestone Academy
Brockhill Park Performing Arts College
The Folkestone School for Girls

Whitstable
CC Whitstable

Thanet
Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School
St George’s C Of E Foundation School

Dartford
Dartford Grammar School
Dartford Science & Technology College
Wilmington Grammar School

Tonbridge
Hillview School for Girls

Sevenoaks
Knole Academy

Maidstone
Maidstone Grammar School
Maidstone Grammar School for Girls
St Simon Stock Catholic School

Faversham
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School

Canterbury
Simon Langton Boys
Simon Langton Girls
The Archbishop’s School
The Canterbury Academy
The Orchard School

Gravesend
St. John’s Catholic Comprehensive School

Tunbridge Wells
The Skinners’ School
Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys

Tonbridge
Tonbridge Grammar School
Weald of Kent
Hillview School for Girls

Paddock Wood
Mascalls School

Pembury
Mascalls School
Kent College Pembury

Cranbrook
Highweald Academy

Bromley
Bromley High School

Kent’s Young Artists show their talent was last modified: October 29th, 2014 by KCC press office