• People on an adult education course in the UK this academic year.
  • Adults aged 18 years or over.
  • Courses may be accredited or non-accredited.
  • Work made as part of courses at degree level or above is not eligible for this competition.
  • You can enter individually or as part of a group.


  • Any art or craft that has been made this academic year. You can enter one piece of work.
  • The entry must have been inspired by the collections of the V&A or Museum of Childhood. Inspiration may come from several sources, including objects from different eras, countries or artistic disciplines, but this should be traceable. Students should make original designs and not make copies of museum pieces
  • The aim of the competition is to encourage you to look at works of art and use the ideas in them to create your own ORIGINAL art work. The competition is NOT about copying.
  • Please note that we cannot guarantee that we will be able to display very large or heavy items.
  • Entries are made online by supplying a digital image of your work.


  • Entry to the competition is free
  • Participants are invited to submit up to five digital images of one piece of work – which could include preparatory drawings, inspired by the collections of the V&A South Kensington (including the National Art Library) or the V&A Museum of Childhood.
  • Students can optionally include video by entering a URL for a YouTube or Vimeo video
  • A short artist’s statement.
  • Entries are made online. The deadline for submissions is 17:00 Friday 11 March 2016.
  • Please note that you will be required to supply your actual piece of work for the exhibition only if selected.


The V&A judges will review all online entries.

Entries will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • Evidence of inspiration from the V&A’s collections.
  • Technical skill.
  • Creativity and innovation.
  • Originality

Approximately 100 works will be selected for the exhibition. Entrants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by email by Tuesday 12 April 2016.


Selected works will be exhibited at Morley Gallery from 17 May – 17 June 2016.

The Private View will take place 6 – 8pm on Monday 16 May 2016, and all exhibitors will be invited.


Prizewinners will be selected by V&A curators and the following prizes will be awarded:

  • The V&A prize of Membership of the V&A for one year
  • Rootstein Hopkins Drawing Prize £200
  • Linbury Trust prize for outstanding work – two prizes of £125
  • Prizes of £50 in the following categories:

Ceramics, Glass & Stained Glass, Sculpture, Jewellery, Textiles & Fashion, Printmaking, Drawing & Painting, Digital Media including Photography, Video and Sound Art, and The Museum of Childhood Category( a work in any medium that has been inspired by the MoC)

Prizewinners will be announced at the Private View on Monday 16 May.


You will be notified by email on the 12 April 2016 to let you know if your work has been selected for the exhibition at Morley Gallery in May and June 2016

Selected works for the exhibition can be delivered in person to:

Morley Gallery
61 Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7HT

On Friday 6 May 14.00 – 17.00 and Saturday 7 May 09.00 – 13.00.


Selected work can be sent by post or courier to arrive at Morley Gallery between:
8.00 Thursday 5 May and 13.00 on Saturday 7 May.

Please label your work with your name and contact details and address it to:


Work for exhibition received after the deadline of 13.00 May 7 will not be included in the exhibition.


All selected work must be available for display until 18.00 Friday 17 June 2016.

Artworks must be collected at the following times:

  • Saturday 18 June, 9.00 -13.00
  • Monday 20 June, 14.00 – 19.00

If you wish your work to be collected by a courier please arrange for collection at the times listed above and inform the Gallery.

If you wish your work to be returned by post please ensure that you have included the postage for this (stamps, not cash)

Any work not collected by 19.00 on Monday 20 June 2016 will be disposed of.


Morley Gallery reserves the right to use images of selected work for any publicity or marketing material.