Competition Rules

These rules have been changed for the 2020 competition in light of the lockdown and school closure. Changes to the rules are highlighted in bold.

By entering the competition, schools and entrants confirm that they have read, understood, and agree to be bound by, the following competition rules:

1. Eligibility

The competition is open to all schools and nurseries in Fife, Scotland.  Teachers shall be entitled to pre-select pupils’ work before submitting entries from the school.  Entries will not be accepted from immediate children or relatives of employees of the Museums of the University of St Andrews or any other person who is directly concerned with the organisation of the competition.

2. Format of artwork

Work may be created in any medium including painting, sculpture, drawings, collage, prints, photography, pottery, textiles, etc.

2D work:

Please use either A4 or A3 paper (any colour) and submit a colour digital photograph of your work by email, sharepoint or We Transfer. 

3D work:

Any size. Please submit a colour digital photographshowing the original work by email, sharepoint or We Transfer.

All entrants agree to make their original artwork available for display at the Wardlaw Museum, dates to be confirmed.

3. How to submit your entry

Entry can be made through the relevant school or directly by pupils from home. 

Entries can be submitted via email, sharepoint or We Transfer to:

Entries may also be delivered by post, however these will not be acknowledged:

Matt Sheard
Museums of the University of St Andrews
University of St Andrews
87 North Street
St Andrews, Fife
KY16 9AE

It will not be possible to hand deliver entries.


4. Labelling work

Each individual entry must have the following information marked clearly on it otherwise it will not be considered:

  • Category entered: A (Nurseries), B (P1-P3), C (P4-P5), D (P6-P7), E (S1-S3) or F (ASN).
  • Object that artwork is in response to (name or description)
  • Pupil’s name
  • Class and age
  • Name of teacher / school contact (if entered via school) OR home address and contact email address if entered from home
  • School name, address, email and telephone number

Such information will only be used by the University of St Andrews for the purposes of the competition and for acknowledging receipt of entries.

If you are sending digital entries, please title each photograph with the name of the entrant and the category entered. You should include a document alongside your entry or entries listing the full label details.

5. Return of entries

Works that are to be returned should be submitted with a self-addressed envelope including postage of the appropriate amount. Alternatively teachers can collect entries from the museum by appointment.

6. Judging and announcement of winners

The winner of the competition shall be decided by a panel of judges (consisting of a representative of the Museums of the University of St Andrews and two independent representatives) who shall decide, in their absolute discretion, the winner.  The decision of the judges shall be final and binding and no correspondence shall be entered into by the University of St Andrews.

Winning schools will be informed of the results by 30th June 2020 and results will be posted on the University of St Andrews’ website The relevant school will be responsible for informing the relevant pupil of any win if entry was made via the school. Entrants who have submitted their entries directly will be informed via their home address.

7. Prizes

All schools who enter the competition will receive a specially designed certificate in acknowledgement and recognition of their participation.  In addition, winning pupils will receive:

Categories A & B (Nurseries – P3)

  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd places: Young Artist Award Medal and selection of art materials

Categories C, D, E & F (P4 – S3 and Additional Support Needs)

  • 1st place: Young Artist Award Medal and £40 token for art materials
  • 2nd place: Young Young Award Artist Medal and £25 token for art materials
  • 3rd place: Young Artist Award Medal and £10 token for art materials

No alternative to any prize is available and the prizes shall be non-transferable.

8. Reproduction

The copyright of any image entered in the competition shall remain with the entrant.  However, entrants consent to the University of St Andrews using any of the artwork entered to the competition for any publicity and / or promotional activities.  In particular, if an entrant is a winner of the competition, the entrant consents to their name and their winning work being exhibited in the University of St Andrews’ premises and being used on the Museum Collections Unit pages of the University of St Andrews website and appropriate social media outlets.

9. Liability

Artwork is sent at the entrant’s risk. The University of St Andrews is not responsible for late, lost or delayed entries or damage to artwork whilst in transit or on display.

10. Competition Closing Date

Entries must be received no later than 5.00pm on Friday 19th June 2020.




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