Bristol Neuroscience Festival Brain Art Competition

Brain Mesh: These images show a section through the prefrontal cortex. The neurons and supporting cells have been stained using markers which are specific to different cell types which have then been overlaid in the final image.

Welcome to the Bristol Neuroscience Festival Brain Art Competition webpage


Schools and Community Groups across Bristol and the surrounding area are invited to take part in an exciting art competition, coinciding with the fourth Bristol Neuroscience Festival to be held on 26th, 27th and 28th March 2020 at the Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol. This Brain Art competition is being run by Bristol Neuroscience in conjunction with our friends at the Royal West of England Academy. 

Attendance at the festival is free so for more information please go to:


The festival is a celebration of Neuroscience Research and we are looking for artwork that is broadly brain-related. This could include structural representation of the brain or its component parts, through to portrayals of the behavioural aspects of brain function and dysfunction (from the senses to dementia or stroke, or mental health issues for example).


We are hoping to offer the opportunity for entering organisations to request a visit from an artist or a neuroscientist.  This will be subject to funding being awarded and would likely need to take place between mid November 2019 and Mid January 2020. Details are provided on how to apply for a visit in the competition flyer, 2020_Brain_Art_flyer (PDF, 7,935kB)


Entries will be judged on originality and creativity demonstrated and we will be looking for an imaginative response to the theme. 

First and runner-up prizes will be awarded in categories: Primary School; Secondary School and Community Group. Prize winners or their schools will be contacted by the competition organisers to arrange a prize-giving ceremony at the RWA gallery some time in March 2020. 

All prize winning or highly commended entries will be displayed by the RWA Gallery from 11th March to 12th April, where members of the public will be able to view the work for free.

First Prize winners in each category will receive £100 in Amazon vouchers and the runners-up will receive a prize of £50 in Amazon vouchers. 


Any 2D artwork submitted should be A4 in size (210mm x 297mm) to allow us to frame it easily, and can include a range of materials and techniques such as drawing (e.g. pencil, pen, crayon, pastel, etc.), painting, printmaking, collage, textile or photography. The judges are also keen to receive 3D representations provided they are no larger that 400mm in height, width or depth. 

The deadline for receipt of entries is 28th February 2020 by 4pm and entries received after this date may not be accepted. Entries should be submitted to: 

Brain Art Competition, School of Psychological Science, University of Bristol, 12A Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1TU. 

Please be aware that we will be unable to return any artwork after the event, nor will we be able to enter into any correspondence with entrants.  The winning entries and those commended by the judges will be put on public display in the RWA Gallery and following that will be displayed around the University of Bristol and other public buildings. 

Additional Information and Entry Kit 

A flyer for the event can be downloaded here: 2020_Brain_Art_flyer (PDF, 7,935kB) 

Terms and Conditions can be downloaded here: 2020_Brain_Art_Terms_and_Conditions (Office document, 15kB) 

An entry label can be downloaded for Schools entry here: 2020_Brain_Art_School_entry_form (Office document, 13kB) 

An entry label can be downloaded for Community Group entry here: 2020_Brain_Art_Community_Group_entry_form (Office document, 13kB) 

Additional brain resources can be viewed here: ‌Additional Brain Art Resources (Office document, 14kB)


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