Schools Brain Art Competition


Welcome to the Bristol Neuroscience Festival Schools Brain Art Competition webpage. 

We visit a number of local school each year and from these visits we receive some excellent drawings sent in by the children.  So this year we thought we would hold a competition which we will run in partnership with our colleagues at the Royal West of England Academy.


Schools across Bristol and the surrounding area are invited to take part in an exciting art competition, coinciding with the third Bristol Neuroscience Festival to be held on 22nd, 23rd and 24th March 2018 at the Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol. This Brain Art competition is being run by Bristol Neuroscience in conjunction with the Royal West of England Academy.

Attendance at the festival is free so for more information please go to:


The festival is a celebration of Neuroscience Research and we are looking for artwork that is broadly brain-related. This could include structural representation of the brain or its component parts, through to portrayals of the behavioural aspects of brain function and dysfunction (from the senses to dementia or stroke, or mental health issues for example).

Brain Mesh: These images show a section through the prefrontal cortex. The neurons and supporting cells have been stained using markers which are specific to different cell types which have then been overlaid in the final image.


Entries will be judged on originality and creativity demonstrated and we will be looking for an imaginative response to the theme.

First and runner-up prizes will be awarded in each of three school age groups: Primary, Lower Secondary and Upper Secondary. We can only accept entries from individual artists this year.

All prize winning or highly commended entries will be displayed by the RWA Gallery from 6th March to 2nd April, where members of the public will be able to view the work for free.

First Prize winners will receive £100 and the runners-up will receive a prize of £50.


The competition is open to school-age pupils. Artists are invited to enter in one of three age categories: Primary (Key Stages 1 & 2); Lower Secondary (Key Stages 3 and 4) and Upper Secondary (Key Stage 5). Any 2D artwork submitted must be no larger than A3 in size (420mm x 297mm), and can use a range of materials and techniques from the following list: drawing (e.g. pencil, pen, crayon, pastel, etc.), painting, printmaking, collage, textile or photography. The judges are also keen to receive 3D representations provided they are no larger that 400mm in height, width or depth.

The deadline for receipt of entries is Monday 5th February 2018 by 4pm and entries received after this date may not be accepted. Entries should be submitted to:

Brain Art Competition, School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol, 12A Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1TU.

To keep the possible number of submissions to a manageable level, schools may submit no more than 5 entries in each age category.

Please be aware that we will be unable to return any artwork after the event, nor will be be able to enter into any correspondence with entrants.  The winning entries and those commended by the judges will be put on public display in the RWA Gallery and following that will be displayed around the University of Bristol and other public buildings.

A flyer for the event can be downloaded here: BrainArt2018.pdf

Terms and Conditions can be downloaded here:  T&Cs Brain Art Competition 2018.docx

An entry label can be downloaded here: Entry Label Brain Art 2018.docx

For enquiries, please contact and include BrainArt in the subject heading.

The results of the 2016 competition can be viewed on the Bristol Neuroscience Festival 2016 website:  here