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Art Competition

Together with Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), we are inviting students to produce a piece of art based on the theme, 'A Future to Be Proud Of'.

Our Art Competition is a brilliant opportunity for young artists to compete internationally and showcase their talent. The competition is open to all COBIS schools, including Applicant schools. 

Download our poster to promote the competition in your school:

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Judging Criteria

The competition entries will be judged by a panel of teachers and art professionals. The highest scored entries in each category will be submitted to a guest judge from COBIS Supporting Associate, Arts University Bournemouth, who will make the final selection. 

The competition judges will be scoring the entries according to the following criteria:

  • Imagination and originality
  • Overall impact of the finished piece
  • Technical challenges and use of material
  • Sticking to the brief: ‘A Future to Be Proud Of’

How to enter

Submissions have now closed. 

This year, each school can submit one entry per category. Many schools choose to run an internal competition to select these entries.
 COBIS will accept the first entry from a school in each category, so please speak with your colleagues before submitting.

The categories are:

  • Early Years and Foundation Stage + Key Stage 1
  • Key Stage 2
  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4
  • Key Stage 5

Entries should be created by an individual student, not a group of students. Entries must be submitted by school staff on behalf of their students.

This year, like last year, the competition is hosted on the Zealous platform. Submissions should be made on the Zealous website. You will be required to set up an account with Zealous to submit your entries, if you don't already have one. This is a quick and easy process, but guidance on how to use Zealous to submit your entries can be found here. You can view Zealous' Privacy Policy here

Winners and Runners-up

The winners will be announced on our website and social media channels in Jan/Feb 2024. The winning artwork will be published on our website and may feature at our Annual Conference in May 2024.

A certificate and prize will be awarded to the winner and runner-up of each category.

Winner: £50 Amazon voucher plus an AUB tote bag with art materials*
Runner-up: £25 Amazon voucher plus an AUB tote bag and sketch book*

*AUB will offer an alternative prize if shipping is not feasible. The KS4 and KS5 winners and runners-up will also win an AUB creative workshop or webinar for their whole class (topics to be arranged). 

2023 Winners

Click here to read the winning poems from last year's competition, 'Who Am I?'.

We are delighted to bring you this year's Art Competition in partnership with Arts University Bournemouth (AUB).

AUB, offers high quality specialist education in art, design, media and performance across the creative industries. It is the top specialist university for art and design in the UK (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021)

With students from over 60 countries joining courses from Preparation through to Postgraduate level, AUB’s creative community is a place where students and staff come together to innovate, collaborate and connect.

Our campus is a thriving digital and creative environment . Students are immersed into a richly artistic community with experienced staff plus close working links and collaborations with creative industries thus supporting the creative journey from the start.

Bournemouth is not only one the UK’s most beautiful award-winning natural coastal locations, it is also home to one of the fastest growing creative and digital hubs in Europe.

One campus. Multiple disciplines. Unlimited possibilities.

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