Johnstone's Young Painter of the Year is a prestigious painting and decorating competition which celebrates young talent, offering 7 regional finals across the UK. 

This year focuses on eight regional finals which will take place during April and May. Once selected the regional winners will be invited to be involved with Johnstone’s Trade many charitable painting and decorating projects during their “reign”. If you would like to be a part of this great opportunity, further details can be found below.


Johnstone's Trade 2019 Young Painter of the Year Competition open for entries!

Johnstone’s Trade has once again launched its hunt for the UK’s best young painting and decorating talent, with its 2019 Young Painter of the Year competition. Now in its 15th year, the search is set to be the biggest yet, with more prizes than ever before, including cash and the latest painting and decorating products from top suppliers.

The winners and runners-up from each region will receive a cash reward, as well as a fantastic prize bundle of quality decorating tools from a range of leading suppliers, including Toupret, Purdy, 3M, Mirka, Packexe and more. Not only that but everyone that takes part will receive a selection of Fat Hog sundries.

This year, entrants can apply to compete in one of the following regional finals:

Central North - Doncaster College – Thursday 16th May

North West - Hugh Baird College (Liverpool) – Tuesday 14th May

South West - Bournemouth & Poole College – Tuesday 30th April

Scotland - City Building College (Glasgow) – Wednesday 3rd April

 Folkestone  – East Kent College - Wednesday 1st May

 North East  –  Newcastle College - Thursday 4th April

Midlands - South Leicestershire College – Thursday 23rd May


Entries close ten days before each regional final. Make sure you register your interest today!

Look back at the winners of Johnstone's Young Painter of the Year!


Throughout the months of March, April and May, talented students across the nation took part in our Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year Heats 2018. The students were undergoing either an NVQ level 2 in Painting & Decorating or Construction course. With the prestigious competition being held at local colleges where students competed for their region to win a spot at the grand final. 

In November 2017, the grand final took place at the National Painting & Decorating Show in Coventry. Lisa Murphy from the Queenslie Training Centre competed at City Building Glasgow and scooped the title of Johnstone's Young Painter of the Year for 2017. Lisa's skills and attention to detail secured her the top spot, while Kyle Cooper and Thomas Nowell took 2nd and 3rd place. The other finalists included Ayesha Gyimah, Callum Mitchell, Isaac Felmingham, Ryan Griffiths and Naomi Bradshaw. 

In this national competition, we’ve seen talent from across the country put their decorating skills, and knowledge they’ve learned in their courses into practice on an intricate drawing and painting test carefully crafted by our Johnstone’s Trade senior technicians. This year we have had more higher quality entrants with superior painting skills than previous years. Additionally, significantly more females are registering for the heats and participating than ever before in the history of the competition.
Congratulations to the finalists for their hard work and commitment in attending the competition over the two days. We wish them the best of luck in their future painting careers.


Think you have what it takes to be Johnstone’s next Young Painter of the Year?...


 Entry requirements:

• Currently studying towards an NVQ Level 1 or 2 in Painting and Decorating or Diploma in Construction Level 2. If studying in Scotland you will be working towards an SVQ Level 3.

• Aged between 16 - 27

If you have any questions about the competition, please contact either:

Romy Ledder (Marketing Department) RLedder@PPG.com or 01924 354913
Pete McParland (Technical Advisory) peter.mcparland@ppg.com or 01924 354376


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