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Posted on / October 16th 2019

Congratulations to Ella-Thea Jackson-Harris and Isla Graham for winning their categories at the 2018 John Downton Awards

  • Ella-Thea Jackson-Harris Gold award winner 11 - 16 2018
  • Isla Graham Winner of the Drawing award 11- 16 2018

About 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. It is one of the biggest regional events for young artists. Hundreds of students apply to be part of this exhibition and only a few get shortlisted for awards. This year we had 5 successful students shortlisted. Congratulations to: Ella-Thea Jackson-Harris, Jessica Maskell, Olivia Hall, Isla Graham and Balazs Liszi.

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

An exhibition of shortlisted work will be shown at County Hall in Maidstone from Monday 22 October 2018 to Wednesday 2 January 2019. Selected works, including our winners, will then tour to Turner Contemporary in Margate from Saturday 12 January to Sunday 24 February 2019.

Turner Contemporary


Past Winners

Our history with this award has been really successful, with 7 category winners in 5 years as well as many of shortlisted entries. All of our winners have had their work exhibited at The Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate.

The names and categories of our winners are:

  • Katy Paige-McLean Gold award winner 17 – 18 2013
  • Tori Bartlett Winner of the Mixed Media Award 11 - 16 2013
  • Aime Ellis Winner of the Photography award 17 – 18 2015
  • Joe Busby Bronze award winner 17 – 18 2016
  • Rebecca Etheridge Winner of The People’s Choice award 2016
  • Ella-Thea Jackson-Harris Gold award winner 11 - 16 2018