Entry deadline now extended!

The deadline for entry into MK Young Painter has been extended to Friday 1 May 2020.

Incomplete entries or entries received after this deadline will not be considered.

How do I submit my work?

To enter, please submit a maximum of two digital images of your painting accompanied by a completed entry form. An electronic version of the entry form is available on the left hand side of this page. Please title all digital files with your name. Only one name is needed if it is a group entry. Digital images should be 300dpi and no larger than 1MB in size.

Please note that MK Gallery is closed until further notice so share your entry with us by emailing it to: youngpainter@mkgallery.org. Our work and digital channels remain open!

If your file is too large, we recommend using WeTransfera free, simple way to send big files.

If neither of these options are possible for you, please contact Niki Braithwaite, Head of Public Programme: NBraithwaite@mkgallery.org 

Shortlisted entrants will be notified by Friday 5 June 2020.

MK Young Painter exhibition postponed

In response to the current situation, MK Gallery has decided to postpone the MK Young Painter Project Space exhibition until September 2020. Exhibition and opening dates below are provisional and subject to change in response to the ongoing situation but we’ll keep you posted.

Key Dates

Friday 1 May 2020

Deadline for entries


Friday 5 June 2020

Shortlisted entrants notified


Thursday 27 – Sunday 30 August 2020

Paintings to be delivered to MK Gallery

Friday 4 September 2020

MK Young Painter exhibition opens


Wednesday 23 September 2020

Celebration and prize giving event, 6-8pm


Saturday 26 September 2020

MK Young Painter exhibition closes


Last updated 7 April 2020

MK Gallery are searching for pioneers of paint with MK Young Painter, a competition for aspiring young artists to uncover new possibilities for painting.

Celebrating painting’s ability to keep finding new directions to take - whether through media, materials, tools, technique, style, concept, or subject matter - applicants can submit paintings produced using any kind of paint, on any support or surface and using any style or technique; including digital methods.

For more information download an entry pack here 

All shortlisted paintings will be on display in a special exhibition at MK Gallery in June 2020, ending with a special celebration event where there will be commendations from each competition category and one overall winner crowned as MK Young Painter.