Arts & Minds

2018 entries now open

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 2018 Competition

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

This year is the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the SS Empire Windrush generation, migrant workers who made a significant contribution to our health and other public services and to the manufacturing industries. Entries are encouraged on this topic.

We also have a new prize awarded by Think Global, an education charity funded by the European Commission to manage the Start the Change project in the UK. Think Global manages the Global Dimensions Website which provides teaching resources for educators and schools.  
TV presenter Gok Wan will again be choosing the overall winner.     


  • 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. For more information about the Anne Frank Trust and this award, go to:
  • 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.
  • Think Global’s Diversity Today Award is a special recognition within the competition championing young people who celebrate diversity and identity through their creative work. This award will celebrate the intertwined nature of our histories, cultures and multiple identities by acknowledging pieces which inspire a cohesive and united society within Britain. 

Prizes will be 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 will be presented at a prestigious awards ceremony at a top London hotel on 10 October 2018 and will 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. 


2017 Winners