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Student Wins Young Painter of the Year

Posted on 29 May 2019

Leeds College of Building student, Lewis Boyle, has been declared winner at the Central North final of Johnstone’s Trade Young Painter of the Year, recently held at Doncaster College.

A prestigious painting and decorating event, the Johnstone’s competition celebrates young talent age between 16-27, crowning 7 regional winners across the UK throughout April and May. 

Johnstone’s Trade Young Painter of the Year has been running for 15 years. In this national competition, students put the decorating skills and knowledge they have learnt on their course into practice via an intricate drawing and painting test crafted by Johnstone’s Trade senior technicians.

This year, significantly more females registered for the heats and participated than ever before in the history of the competition. Leeds College of Building students, Elisha Whyte and Abigayle Johnson, were also finalists with Elisha securing second place.

Lewis, Elisha, and Abigayle all won a prize bundle of leading supplier tools and equipment, with Lewis taking £200 in cash and Elisha £100.

All competition entrants are studying either an NVQ Level 1 or 2 in Painting and Decorating or a Diploma in Construction Level 2. In total, 70 participants took part in the competition across the UK.

Regional winners will now be involved with Johnstone’s Trade charitable painting and decorating projects during their title year.


Lewis Boyle and Elisha Whyte collecting their prizes.