Arts & Minds

Arts & Minds is a schools-based competition organised by the NASUWT to celebrate Black History Month.

The competition is open to children and young people from primary, secondary and special schools across the UK.

The competition challenges children and young people to use art and creative writing to explore themes of diversity, race, equality and identity through artwork and creative writing. Entries should reflect the competition's aims to promote cultural diversity and equality and tackle racism in schools.


  • The creative writing category includes all forms of creative writing, e.g. stories, poetry and lyrics.
  • Working with our partners at the Anne Frank Trust UK, we also have a separate category for The Anne Frank Poetry Award for poems inspired by the life and writing of Anne Frank. More information about the Anne Frank Trust and this award are available on the Anne Frank Trust website.
  • The art category covers all entries of artwork using a variety of media, including photography, digital artwork (excluding film and animation) and collages. Students should be encouraged to be as creative as possible but stay within the competition guidelines.

Prizes are awarded to the best entries from across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales in the following categories:

Primary up to the age of 11
Secondary up to the age of 16
Special designated special school or unit

Awards ceremony and prizes

Prizes are presented at a prestigious awards ceremony at a top London hotel and include:

  • overnight accommodation and appropriate travel and subsistence expenses for winning pupils, their parent/guardian and a teacher;
  • a visit to a top London attraction;
  • £1,000 for the overall winning school;
  • £350 for all winning schools;
  • gift vouchers worth up to £100 for winning pupil/s.

Watch this space for details of the 2020 competition.

Arts & Minds 2019 Winners