John Downton Awards

The awards

The John Downton Award for Young Artists is an annual exhibition which encourages and celebrates the creativity of Kent's young artists. It is open to students, aged 11 - 18, from schools and colleges across Kent.

The award is hosted by us on behalf of the John Downton Trust. The exhibition commemorates the life and work of John Downton, the celebrated Kent artist, poet and philosopher.

Please email for more information about the awards.

Visit the exhibition

An exhibition of shortlisted work will be shown at County Hall in Maidstone (23 October – 4 December 2017); winners will be announced at an awards evening on 9 November.

Visitors to the exhibition will have the chance to vote in the People’s Choice Award and the result will be announced at the end of the exhibition. Selected works will then tour to Turner Contemporary in Margate from 13 December 2017 to 21 January 2018.