2021 creative art competition

Competition closed

Our 2021 creative art competition for primary schools closed on 16 April. We are currently shortlisting the entries. The final shortlist will be sent to all of our researchers to vote for their favourite artworks in each category. The winners will be announced on this website, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn in June 2021.

2021 competition theme – ‘My brain helps me to…’

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.

Show us how your brain helps you by creating an artwork for our art competition. Your artwork must be inspired by our theme ‘My brain helps me to…’ 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 or is homeschooled 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 or an online presentation by one or two of our 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

Or email high-resolution scans (not photographs) to: administrator@cibf.edu.au

You must include the following on the back of the artwork or in the email 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: 16 April 2021

This competition overlaps with Brain Awareness Week (15-21 March 2021), a global campaign to increase public awareness about brain research.

Artwork will not be returned. For more details about this competition visit our full terms and conditions page.

Download the PDF competition flyer.

Facebook event page.

Brain science resources for primary schools

Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness Week Resources

Queensland Brain Institute brain posters

Queensland Brain Institute brain activity booklet


For questions or more information about the competition email administrator@cibf.edu.au