Johnstone’s Trade Young Painter of the Year Winners announced 

This year marked the 15th year of the Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year competition, which saw seven young professionals from across the UK take the title. 

Regional finals were hosted in Glasgow, Newcastle, Bournemouth, Folkestone, Doncaster, Liverpool and Leicester, with a winner and runner-up selected at each event. Budding painting professionals, aged 16 to 27, competed to demonstrate their skills and knowledge by undertaking a range of technical painting tasks, incorporating complex patterns and geometric designs.

Each regional winner was awarded a £200 cash prize and a generous bundle of high-quality goods from leading industry suppliers, including Toupret, Shurtape, Tesa and Ciret. 

Although every competitor showed incredible aptitude and decorating talent, the winners and runners-up were: 

GlasgowWinner: Kyle Cooper from Forth Valley College

Runner-up: Shareece Wallace from Queenslie Training Centre

NewcastleWinner: Ryan Chirnside-Ferrier from Newcastle College

Runner-up: Alaa Alazem from New Durham College

BournemouthWinner: Matthew Hall from Isle of Wight College

Runner-up: Rebekah Holden from City College Plymouth

FolkestoneWinner: Alicia Smye-Rumsby from East Kent College

Runner-up: Lennie Uden from North Kent College

DoncasterWinner: Lewis Boyle from Leeds College

Runner-up: Elisha Whyte from Leeds College of Building

LiverpoolWinner: Deanna Robinson from Wirral Metropolitan

Runner-up: Mark Botting from Hugh Baird College

LeicesterWinner: Annabel Bethell from South Leicester College

Runner-up: Corban George from South Leicester College


James Surtees from the Johnstone’s Trade technical department said: “All of this year’s nominees demonstrated immense talent and truly deserve the recognition that the competition provides. We hope that Young Painter of the Year continues to serve as an inspiration to budding painters and decorators across the country, and we already can’t wait for the next competition!’’

Johnstone’s Trade is now looking to the 2020 Young Painter of the Year competition, which provides an exciting new opportunity. 2020 will see the launch of the grand finale event, giving all participants the opportunity to be crowned the ultimate Young Painter of the Year. The final will tie up with the Johnstone’s Painter of the Year competition and allow shortlisted entrants to recognise the young talent in the industry by helping pick the final winner. 

Paul Farrell, marketing manager for Johnstone’s Trade said: “The competition is immensely important in building and strengthening young talent in the painting and decorating industry. That is why this year we have introduced a new element, by hosting a grand finale at the prestigious Johnstone’s Painter of the Year ceremony. This will allow the best young painters and decorators to have their work celebrated amongst industry professionals.” 

Entries for the 2020 Young Painter of the Year competition are now open. You can register to compete in any of the seven regional heats as below:



Heat Locations and Dates 

Tuesday 3rd March – Bournemouth and Poole College
Wednesday 4th March – North Kent College
Tuesday 10th March – Glasgow City Building College
Thursday 12th March – Newcastle College
Tuesday 17th March – Doncaster College
Thursday 19th March – Leicester College
Tuesday 24th March – Liverpool Hugh Baird College


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