Children's Art Competition

children's art competition

We are inviting young people to enter an art competition with the theme of Maritime Culture. By being creative entrants will see their work displayed at the Southampton Maritime Festival on 22/23 August 2014! Here a panel of VIP judges will choose the winners.

Winners' artwork will contribute to a mural which will be on display in the Port of Southampton. Winners will also receive a trophy at a special event which we hope to be in the Mayor's parlour.


Getting creative

The theme of the competition is Maritime Culture. An intentionally broad topic, this could include any period from

the Stone Age, to the science fiction of the future. Possible topics for artwork include: Sailors, smugglers, ships, shipwrecks, coastal scenes, fishing, maritime industry, and days out/holidays by the sea, or even just the sea itself.

All materials are welcomed. We can’t wait to see what fantastic things you can come up with!

1. Art - Ages 6 and under
2. Art - Ages 7 – 11 years old
3. Art – Ages 12 – 16 years old

Four finalists from each category will be selected before the event and their work highlighted as a finalist during the festival. All finalists will also be given a FREE family ticket for entry to the festival so family or friends may accompany them.

Size: Any size up to 0.5 m square.
Materials: Any practical artistic medium can be used, e.g. paint, watercolour, fabric etc. However, materials need to be hung on a vertical display board, so we unfortunately cannot accept sculptures.
IMPORTANT: Please ensure the artist’s name, age and contact details are on the back of the art.

Want to enter?

Register your intention to enter by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


Please send completed artwork by post to:
Maritime Art Competition
Southampton Maritime Festival c/o HWTMA,
National Oceanography Centre,
Empress Docks,
SO14 3ZH

Unfortunately, we are not able to return artworks to their owners after submission.