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 to 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.

2021 John Downton Awards

Despite what can only be described as a very challenging year for schools, we are pleased to confirm that we are able to once again hold the John Downton Awards.

The application process is now open for schools to submit entries. The deadline for entries is 12pm on 25 October 2021.

Find out how schools can apply and read the terms and conditions (PDF, 200.5 KB).

Although we are on the road to recovery and COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, the awards ceremony will be held on 9 December 2021 via Zoom where winning entries will be announced.

2020 John Downton Awards

The awards ceremony was held on 4 December 2020 via Zoom where winning entries were announced.

Visit our Flikr page to see the shortlisted entries.

2020 winners

Category11 to 16 age group winner17 to 18 age group winner
Highly CommendedAimee Lam
Bromley High School
Kaitlyn Gutridge
Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School
BronzeRosie Mabbott
Bromley High School
Lily Bunton
Tonbridge Grammar School
SilverMadeleine Meredith
Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School
Lucy Stanley
Simon Langton Boys' School
GoldDaniel Clarke
Simon Langton Boys' School
James Mellon
Simon Langton Boys' School
PaintingSelma Malasi
Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School
Lucy Jarvis-Chase
Tonbridge Grammar School
DrawingOlive Dada
Dartford Grammar School for Girls
Phoenix Brown
Highworth Grammar School
Mixed MediaAnila Braci
The Whitstable School
Man Fan
Simon Langton Boys' School
PhotographySidonie Sausset
Dover Grammar School for Girls
Elliot Davies
Pierview Academy
Best schoolSimon Langton Boys' School

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