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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, 'Looking Ahead'.

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.

A Welcome Message from AUB

Download our poster to promote the competition in your school.

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How to enter

Submissions will open on Wednesday 26 January and close at 3pm (GMT) on Wednesday 23 February 2022.  Each school will be able to submit up to three entries per category. Many schools choose to run an internal competition to select these entries.

The categories are:

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

Please note, this year we have introduced a Key Stage 4 category, in place of the Groups category, allowing older students to take part.

Entries will be submitted via an online form on Zealous. Full details about how to submit your students' entries will be made available on this webpage in January 2022. If you would like to be contacted when submissions open, please complete this online form

Winners and prizes

The winners will be announced on our website and social media channels in April 2022. The winning entries will be published on our website and may feature at our Annual Conference in May 2022. 

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*

*The KS4 winner and runner-up will also win AUB tote bags and an AUB creative workshop or webinar for their whole class (topics to be confirmed).

Interested in Judging?

The competition entries will by judged by COBIS teachers and art professionals. To register your interest in judging the competition, please contact

2021 Winning Entries

The theme for our 2021 competition was 'Connections'. Click on the image below to take a closer look at the winning entries.

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

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.