Creative Art Competition

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Creative Art Competition

Our annual art competition encourages students to learn about the brain by creating an artwork that is inspired by the theme:

My brain helps me to...

Our competition provides the perfect opportunity for teachers to introduce brain science to their students through a hands-on activity that also supports imaginative thinking. This competition can also be the springboard for further investigations into the brain.
We'd really appreciate your help to encourage all Australian primary schools to participate in the competition, which closes on 16 April 2021. Please consider contacting schools to alert them to this engaging learning activity, which is suitable for all year levels.

This competition is part of Brain Awareness Week
 (15-21 March 2021), a global campaign to increase public awareness of brain research.

Entry criteria

Artworks must be inspired by the theme: My brain helps me to... 

Artworks should fit on A4-size paper and students can use pens, pencils, crayons, textas or paint.

Any student attending an Australian primary school can enter, either individually or as part of a combined class or school effort. Homeschooled children can also enter.

Competition categories

The competition is judged in three categories:

  • Category 1: Foundation Year (Prep) and Year 1
  • Category 2: Years 2, 3 and 4

  • Category 3: Years 5 and 6

This competition is also a great activity for:

  • Before and after school care programs
  • Holiday programs
  • Art classes

Great prizes!

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

Each student winner will receive a brain-related prize

Each winner’s school will receive a brain science resource pack and a voucher to buy further resources from Modern Teaching Aids ($1000 for 1st, $500 for 2nd, and $250 for 3rd prize winners).

Each 1st prize winner’s school will also receive a special visit (in-person or online) from some of our young and enthusiastic brain researchers to present the prizes and deliver an age-appropriate interactive educational activity about the brain to the winner’s class.

How to enter

Post hard copies of artworks to:

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


email high-resolution scans (not photos) to:

The following must be included on the back of each 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)

Closing date

This competition closes on Friday, 16 April 2021. Entries postmarked after this date will not be entered in the competition. Artwork will not be returned.


Download the PDF competition flyer.
Visit and share the Facebook event page.
View more competition details and full terms and conditions.
This competition is run by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function.