New prize aims to reverse Art History ‘A’ level decline

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£1,000 reward backed by Art UK and Paul Mellon charity

A new art history prize for young people has been established to counter the decline in art history in schools.

The new award, Write on Art, is backed by arts charity, Art UK and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. They want to respond to what they say is “a disturbing decline in the teaching of art and art history in schools” by offering two £500 prizes for 15-16 year olds and 17-18 year olds who write an essay on a work chosen from the Art UK website.,

The competition deadline is 26 February 2018 and judges will include Gabriele Finaldi, the director of the National Gallery, Jackie Wullschlager, of the Financial Times, and the artist Jeremy Deller.

The move follows a threat to the status of the art history A-level after exam board AQA decided to drop the subject.

Jeremy Deller said, “Art history is the study of power, politics, identity and humanity and we should be doing all we can, with projects like this, to get as many young people as possible excited by art history and involved in it.”


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