• People on an adult education course in the UK this academic year.
  • Adults aged 18 years or over.
  • Courses may be accredited up to Level 3 or non-accredited.
  • Work made as part of courses at Level 4 or above (Degree, HND, HNC, Masters) is not eligible for this competition.
  • You can enter individually or as part of a group.


  • Any work 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.
  • 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

Entrants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by email by Tuesday 6 April 2018.


Selected works will be exhibited at Morley Gallery from 8 May – 26 May 2018.


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 – prize of £125
  • Prizes of £50 and tickets to 2018 V&A exhibitions 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 Friday 13 May 2018.


You will be notified by email by the 6 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 or via post.  The artist is responsible for delivery and collection at the end of the exhibition. Further details will be provided.



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