National Galleries of Scotland Art Competition for Schools and Families

Welcome to the National Galleries of Scotland Art Competition for Schools and Families 2020.

Thank you for sending your entries online this year. The closing date was Sunday 13 September 2020. We are now in the process of sorting all the amazing entries and selecting the winners. Details to follow.  

This year there are lots of fantastic ways to win!

  • 53 prizes of art materials for winners with their work exhibited at the National Galleries of Scotland
  • There are additional special prizes from our partners: Scottish Ballet and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
  • All winning artworks will be exhibited at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 

We hope you enjoy looking at, talking about and making your own art.


Competition categories

To enter choose from one of the following categories

Entry form and guidelines

Entry process for families and schools:

  • Read the instructions for each category very carefully.

  • Schools are asked to select no more than 10 artworks per category for submission. You might want to invite another class to choose their 10 favourites. 

  • Send us your entries by completing the online entry form

  • Make sure that the name of each child is spelt correctly as no amendments can be made at a later stage.

  • Please submit images that are no larger than 10Mb and no smaller than 2Mb. 

  • Send files as JPEG format. 

  • Name the image file(s) with the name of the entrant and school name. 

Competition terms and conditions

Voucher applications for schools

To support art in schools, teachers are invited to apply for a free artist-led workshop for their class or £100 vouchers for art materials. Just complete the appropriate part of the online application form and submit it with your entries.


Prefer to submit a group entry?

Groups, including families, of two or more children in any age group can choose from any of the themes in this year's competition and submit a group entry.

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Family entries

We're delighted to announce that for this year's competition we'll accept entries submitted by families as well as schools and nurseries.

Children can work on their own entries and submit to the category that matches their age group. Families of 2 or more children can work together and submit to the group entry category. 

If you are looking for more art activities check out our creative curriculum activities that can be carried out at home or in school.

Scottish Ballet and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

This year we are working with Scottish Ballet and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. As well as helping select the winning artworks, Scottish Ballet will choose some further pieces in celebration of their 2020 Christmas production and the Garden will also select additional artworks in celebration of their 350th anniversary. Both will have special prizes for their winners.

Art Competition for Schools 2019

These are the super-talented young artists who won the National Galleries of Scotland Art Competition for Schools 2019

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Past winners

The art competition has been running for many years. Browse some of the most recent winning entries.

Privacy notice

We have published a privacy notice in relation to the Art Competition for Schools. It details what data we collect from participants, what we do with it and how to contact us.

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Learning & Engagement contact details

If you're looking for more information on educational services, events and activities, please get in touch and we will be happy to help plan your group visit.

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