2020 Art competition for primary school students

Suitable for:
general public

2020 Art competition for primary school students

6th February - 8th May 2020

Australian Primary Schools


Book Now

Creative art competition

We love making new discoveries about the brain and want to share our enthusiasm for brain research with children so they too can become intrigued by how the brain works. That’s why we hold an annual creative art competition for Australian primary schools as part of our activities for Brain Awareness Week activities (16-22 March 2020).

Last year we had over 1200 entries and this year we hope even more students will use their imaginations to create an artwork inspired by this year’s theme: Why do you love your brain?

Why do you love your brain?

Show us why you love your brain by creating an artwork for our competition. Your artwork must be inspired by our theme ‘Why do you love your brain’ and fit on an A4-size paper. You can use pens, pencil, crayon, textas or paint.

Who can enter?

Any child attending an Australian primary school can enter this competition. Students can enter individually or as part of a combined school effort. The competition is judged in three categories:

  • Category 1: Foundation (Prep) and Year 1
  • Category 2: Years 2 – 4
  • Category 3: Years 5 – 6

Great prizes for students and schools

A 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winner will be selected from each category by a panel of judges.

Winning students

Each winning student will receive a special brain science prize pack.

Winning schools

Each winner’s school will receive:

  • a brain science resource pack
  • a voucher to purchase teaching resources ($1000 for 1st, $500 for 2nd and $250 for 3rd prize winners)
  • the first-place winning school from each category will receive a special school visit by one or two brain researchers to present the prizes and deliver an age-appropriate interactive educational lesson about the brain to the winner’s class.

How to enter

Send hard copies of artworks to:

Brain Function CoE Art Competition
Monash Biomedical Imaging
770 Blackburn Road, Clayton, VIC 3800


Email high-resolution scans (no photographs) to:

You must include the following on the back of the artwork in clear writing:

  • Student’s name
  • Student’s age
  • Student’s class
  • Name of school
  • School contact (name and email address of teacher or Principal).

Entries with illegible or missing information will not be considered.

Artwork will not be returned.

Due to COVID-19, the closing date has been extended to 19 June 2020.

This competition overlaps with Brain Awareness Week (16-22 March 2020), a global campaign to increase public awareness about brain research.

For more details visit the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function website.