Boat of Hope
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How to register

As of 1st May, we are inviting all secondary schools to get involved in this unique art competition. If your school would like to take part, all you have to do is complete the registration form below and we’ll make sure you get all the information you need.

As a thank-you for submitting entries to the competition, your school will:

  • Be celebrated in a list of campaign supporters on the Boat of Hope website
  • Be entered into a draw, to win an exclusive school visit from Bernie himself and  a chance to see his Boat of Hope before it sets to sea!

What’s more, involvement in the campaign can go some way in supporting the expectations of the OFSTED Education Inspection Report.

By getting involved you’ll help make valuable progress in destigmatising mental health, as well as help Bernie send a message of hope to those who are in need of it most.

There are a number of different ways for schools to show support. Some may want to link this competition to PSHE or art classes, while others may prefer students to take part in their own time. 

The unsettling events of the last year have only served to underscore how vital it is to nurture your mental health – for both adults and children alike. So, no matter how great or small, any show of support will be enormously appreciated.

Artwork Brief

Justin Eagleton

The brief for the competition is purposely broad. We're looking for artwork submissions that are an interpretation of what 'hope' looks like to you.

The artwork can take one of many forms: painting, drawing or even a digital design.  It could be in pencil, watercolour, oil, a collage, or even a combination. Whatever method and form best allows you to express yourself in depicting what 'hope' looks like to you.

The judging panel will include renowned artist and illustrator Justin Eagleton, who will incorporate 6 winning entries into a stunning mural he is currently creating.

To maximise your chances of having your masterpiece feature on The Boat of Hope, there are a few simple guidelines that artist Justin Eagleton has provided:

  • Form: Any form and materials that can be recreated as a flat image (painting, drawing, digital design, collage, or a combination).
  • Size: A4 or A3 artwork which will need to be submitted
  • File type: PNG, JPG, JPEG or PDF (including a photo or scan of the artwork)
  • Max file size: 5MB
  • How to submit: A good quality scan or digital image to be submitted online
  • Submission deadline: 23rd July 2021

Terms & Conditions can be found here.

Entries will open on 1st May 2021. 

Please note: this competition is for Secondary Schools; Primary Schools are not legible to enter.

Enter the competition