Maltings Virtual Art Prize 2020

In response to the current climate with COVID-19 and subsequent school closures, Maltings is adapting its art competition which launched early March to a Virtual Art Prize!

Teachers are asked to contact their pupils and invite them to take part, the criteria remain the same however entries can be photographed and emailed through.

The theme is ‘History of St Albans’ inspiration can be taken from any era such as Roman St Albans to Medieval St Albans, from Renaissance St Albans to 19th or 20th Century St Albans – the choice is yours!

Centre manager Phil Corrigan said: “We launched this year’s Maltings Art Prize back in early March, but so much has changed since then that we needed to adapt and redesign our competition accordingly –  and the Maltings Virtual Art Prize 2020 was born.  The competition is a great way to engage with the community and given the current situation feels even more important.  We hope the Maltings Virtual Art Prize will not only encourage the development of art skills but will also give our students a great project to work on while staying safe at home”.

“We hope this year’s Virtual Art Prize attracts even more schools and inspires even more budding young artists in St Albans – good luck everyone!”

The top prize is £1,000 for the winning child’s school art department, and £250 for them.  Although it may not be possible to hold an Awards Presentation Evening this year all finalists will be recognised for their work.  The winning pieces will be displayed in a Virtual Exhibition online later this year and will include artwork from the finalists, group winners and the overall winner. 

Please email a photo of the artwork and a photo of the child holding their artwork to give an idea of scale.  The email and artwork should include the child’s name, contact details, date of birth, name of current school and group category they are entering.

Schools should register via email to  using the subject of Maltings Virtual Art Prize between April 3 and 5pm on April 30, and artwork should be emailed by July 31.