Art Competition 2017-2018

Our popular Art Competition is back for 2017/2018 and will again culminate in an exhibition during the summer of 2018 at The Higgins Bedford.


Following on from the success of our 450th Anniversary Art Competition, we are delighted to be offering a brand new competition for 2017-2018

The competition will run from September 2017 over the autumn and spring terms during which time we will be offering free workshops for up to 30 state schools (first come first served).  The competition will culminate in a professional exhibition of the children’s work at The Higgins Bedford and there will be a special preview evening during which we will present the prizes.

This year, the underlying theme of the competition is ‘wellbeing’.  We would like entrants to create a piece of artwork that answers the following question “where is your happy place?” This should be an imaginative piece of work which depicts the happiest place in their mind.  This could be a real place or a completely imaginary world (imagine a world made of chocolate or even another universe altogether!).  It could be a happy memory which he or she likes to return to again and again, or he or she could portray him/herself in an activity which makes them happy – perhaps on the sports field, on a fairground ride, on a boat or a bike, in a forest or field. A happy place might depict other people (friends, family), the animal world, or a scene from a book or film they like to return to again and again.

The theme reflects the idea of mindfulness, which many schools are currently exploring, but if you are unfamiliar with this concept, you may find the links below of interest:


The competition is open to all 4-18 year olds at school within Bedford Borough, who can enter individually or through their school.  Schools can enter in one or more of the following categories, but no more than 8 entries per age category should be submitted:

Category 1 Ages 4-7 Reception, Years 1 and 2
Category 2 Ages 7-11 Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
Category 3 Ages 11-14 Years 7, 8 and 9
Category 4 Ages 14-16 Years 10 and 11
Category 5 Age 16-18 Years 12 and 13


There will be substantial prizes on offer with 1st prizes in each category equivalent to £200 of arts materials for the winning schools and £60 of vouchers for the winning pupil.  Entrants whose work is selected for the exhibition will have their work professionally framed (pupils can keep the frame at the end of the exhibition).  We will also provide them with a certificate.


For more details and to apply for an artist to visit your school and deliver a session, and/or to apply for a place on our inset workshops for teachers of art at the Higgins Bedford, please download our schools application pack which you will find in the box on the right of this page.




Photos of some of last year’s winners are below.