Arrangements regarding Coronavirus Covid-19: Updated 30 April 2020

In light of the current lockdown, the rules, arrangements and closing date for the 2020 competition have changed.

New closing date

The closing date for this year’s competition is Friday 19th June 2020.

Entries via school

You can still enter the competition through the school in the usual way.

Entries from home

This year pupils may also submit their own entries directly from home. You can find Home Resource Packs on the Resources page of this website that pupils can use to help them create their entry. The packs also include information on how to submit entries. 

Digital entries

This year it is preferable to submit entries digitally. You can scan or photograph an entry and send it to museumlearning@st-andrews.ac.uk. Each scan or photograph should include one entry only. If you want to send us lots of entries please send us a link to a sharepoint folder or send via We Transfer. If neither of these work for you, please get in touch.

Please make sure that the title of each file includes the name of the entrant and the category entered. Please include a document with full details alongside your entry or entries, labelled with the name of the entrant, the entrant’s school, age and year group, a contact email address, the category, what the entry was inspired by and, if the entrant has sent it directly, the entrant’s home address.

Entries by post

You can still send entries by post, however all staff are currently working from home and will not be able to acknowledge receipt. If you can, it would be better to send digital entries.

Exhibition and prizegiving

At this stage, we do not know when the Wardlaw Museum will open. The exhibition of winning entries and prize giving ceremony will take place when this can be done safely.

Get in touch

We understand that the current situation creates lots of problems and we aim to be as flexible as we possibly can to support your entry to this year’s competition. Let us know anything we can do to help or any rules which, this year only, we might be able to bend to allow you to take part.

The Young Artist Award is an annual art competition for schools in Fife. It aims to recognise and support creativity in schools, and promote learning using the University of St Andrews’ museum collections as a starting point.

The theme for this year’s competition is Animals Alive? and encourages pupils to create artworks that consider endangered species, extinction, survival and more using the animals and artworks from the Bell Pettigrew Museum of Natural History.

Pupils can win vouchers or art materials worth up to £40 and see their work displayed in the new Wardlaw Museum in St Andrews.

The competition closes on Friday 3rd April 2020.

To support pupils’ participation in the competition, schools can book free, hands-on workshops designed to meet Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes.

These take place at the Bell Pettigrew Museum of Natural History. Travel bursaries are available.

Secondary schools may also arrange classroom-based workshops with museums staff.

Bookings open from 15th November. Further details and teachers’ resources will be available soon.