Artist of the Year Award 2018

Think you could be the UK’s next great artist? If you’ve got a masterpiece you’re ready to show off, we’d love to see it! Whatever your medium, whether you’re a watercolour wonder, an ace of the abstract or a pro with pastels, we’re looking for artworks that show off your outstanding creativity and skill.

We’ve got categories for junior, student and adult artists, perfect for talent of all ages and levels of experience.

The three winning entries will each earn a prize that includes £200 to spend with us, an art goody bag worth £300 with contributions from a range of top brands, and the opportunity to showcase their work in a ‘Meet The Artist’ post on our blog.

This competition will be running from 2nd August 2018, up until midnight on 12th September 2018. The winners will be chosen by our panel of experts. Winners will be contacted on 13th September 2018 with details of the next stage of the competition.

There are several ways to enter! Either use the entry form below, upload your entry to Twitter or Instagram with a description and the category you would like to enter using the hashtag #ArtForTheWin, or take your artwork into your local Hobbycraft store where our colleagues will be happy to photograph and upload your entry to their store twitter using the #ArtForTheWin.

There are three categories, one of which your entry will fall into:

  • Hobbycraft Junior Artist of the Year 2018 (12 years and under)
  • Hobbycraft Student Artist of the Year 2018 (13 years and over, and in full time education)
  • Hobbycraft Artist of the Year 2018 (16 years and over)

The Prizes

As well as the accolade, each of  the three category winners will receive:

  • A glass trophy
  • £200 Hobbycraft Gift Voucher
  • An art goody bag full of fantastic art products to try worth £300
  • A ‘Meet the Artist’ interview on the Hobbycraft blog showcasing their artwork

How to Enter

Submit your details into the relevant category form below with a photograph of your artwork, your age, and a short description of what you’ve created.

Please read the competition terms and conditions » before entering.

Please ensure that the image you upload is under 2MB



…and the three winners are…

After much deliberation from our expert judging panel, our Artists of the Year have been selected! This year’s Artist of the Year Award saw over 2000 entries, with an incredible standard shown across all three categories. Take a look at the winning entries below!


Adult category winner: Jessica Baynes

The winner of the Adult Artist of the Year Award is Jessica Baynes, chosen by artist and presenter of The Artist in You, Jenny Muncaster. Jessica has created a characterful painting of the lighthouse on Ramsgate harbour.

On the winning entry, Jenny says:

This painting has got real character, which really drew me in. The style is very slightly quirky but consistent throughout with lovely brushwork in the sky and tower itself. It shows a lovely handling of medium. The composition is nicely balanced, and it is quite unusual that the main subject is placed centrally, which in this case it works really well. The blue bench and red door become a real focus point while the background pier on the right-hand side draws you in. I like how the little cars and vans are depicted and paired down into simple but well-observed detail. The artist has used a limited colour palette without adding any extra unnecessary flashes of colour, and this gives the painting a lovely reflective quality –there is almost a narrative going on. Sometimes what you leave out of a painting is more important than what you put in! The stage is set and you can invent your own story with this painting!’

Jessica has added: 

‘I love to paint harbours and the seaside, living on the coast means I’m never short of local walks to take and glorious views to paint! This lighthouse is on the end of the harbour arm in Ramsgate and I hadn’t noticed it before an expedition I took to gather photographs for a few paintings, despite living in Ramsgate my entire life!’



Student category winner: Amy Sitton

The winner of the Student Artist of the Year Award is Amy Sitton, chosen by artist Emma Howell. Amy’s painting was inspired by her holiday to Spain, showcasing the beautiful shops, scenery, and restaurants in the country.

On the winning entry, Emma says:

‘It’s such an awesome painting – with its vibrant colours, great depth, and wonderfully impressionistic style. I would definitely hang it in my kitchen!’



Junior category winner: Seren Morgan, age 12

The winner of the Junior Artist of the Year Award is Seren Morgan, chosen by Hobbycraft Art Buyer Hannah Reynolds.

Seren has the following say about her work:

The drawing I submitted is a pencil drawing, of my dog, Maisie. I lightly mapped out the rough shape of the face with various circles. Then I created a base tone, by finding the darkest areas, shading it in roughly with a pencil and smudging the whole piece with my finger. I then roughly sketched in the eyes, nose and ears and started to build those up. Then I just built up the different layers of tone and texture on her in all the darkest areas.  One of the last things I did was the eyes. I did a yellow base, for the refection, then I built it up with the brown and orange pencil. Lastly, I did the faint whiskers on the edge of the face.

I did the picture of my dog, Maisie, because she means so much to me and she is such an important part of my life. I think that even if I didn’t win with her picture, I would still not have wanted to submit anything else because the drawing of her is some of my best work and in my opinion, it reflects how much she is here with me during this incredible achievement.’


Many congratulations to the three winners of the Artist of the Year Award 2018, and thank you to the hundreds of entrants that sent in their fantastic artworks. It was a truly overwhelming challenge for our three judges to narrow down the entries!



All entries to the Artist of the Year Award 2018 will be displayed in the gallery below!*

Click on any image below to enlarge and scroll through the competition entries. By selecting the ‘i’ icon in the bottom-left of each image, you’ll be able to find out what inspired each entrant!

Don’t forget to share this gallery and let us know which entries you’re inspired by in the comments!

*Please note that all entries must be approved before showing in the gallery, so check back soon if you can’t find your entry straight away!