Deadline 28th August


Art Speaks Competition
(for ages 13-24 yrs)


Calling all young poets: Art UK and National Poetry Day want you to help them look at the nation's art in an entirely different way...

They want you to find a painting on Art UK that inspires you to get creative. Maybe it's a portrait of someone you can identify with, maybe it's beautiful scenery or industrial gloom that inspires you, or maybe it's a painting of a submarine: whatever it is, they want you to take the inspiration and run with it, using the painting as a starting point to create a brand new poem.

The brief

Art Speaks is an initiative started by Art UK in May 2017. We challenged four performance poets to write an original piece in response to a painting of their choice. You can see what they came up with on the Art Speaks playlist.

Art Speaks is about celebrating the impact art can have, and all of the different perspectives people can bring to it. You don't have to be an art buff, or to know anything about the history of an artwork or artist: they just want to know what a painting makes you think, and how it makes you feel.

Deadline: August 28th, 2017

Entry details can be found on the Art UK website: