The Anne Frank Trust UK

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NASUWT Arts and Minds 2018 Arts Competition

Background to the competition

The NASUWT Arts & Minds Competition is a major UK-wide competition that has been running successfully for over ten years. Its aim is to promote and celebrate cultural diversity. Hundreds of entries are received each year from primary, secondary and special schools across the UK.

The Competition is a great opportunity to discuss and explore diversity and community cohesion with students, using art and creative writing.Over the years, schools have been extremely creative in their entries, submitting poems, stories, digital artwork, photography and collages.Teachers have incorporated the Competition into their lessons across the curriculum, including history, humanities, literacy, art and citizenship, as well as school projects.

Arts & Minds Competition: 2018

The Competition challenges children and young people to use art and creative writing to explore themes of cultural diversity, race, equality and identity. Entries should reflect the Competition’s aims to promote cultural diversity and equality and tackle racism in schools. TV presenter Gok Wan will again be choosing the overall winner.


Creative writing

This 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


This 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 keep within the Competition Guidelines.


Prizes include up to £1,000 for each school and vouchers worth up to £100 for individual pupils.

Tickets for a popular London tourist attraction before the ceremony will also be provided.

The Anne Frank Poetry Award will be presented for a poem inspired by Anne Frank’s writing. A glass trophy will be awarded to the pupil’s school for one year. The pupil will receive a prize of books and vouchers.

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

The winners will be invited to attend a prestigious awards ceremony in Central London on 10 October 2017. The NASUWT will provide overnight accommodation at a top London hotel and appropriate travel and subsistence expenses for winning pupils, their parent/guardian and a teacher. Please note that for group entries a small number of pupils will be invited to represent the group.

The closing date for entries is 10 July 2018.

For more information on the competition, please visit NASUWT’s website.