Thursday 10 June 2021 - 15:00 to Sunday 15 August 2021 - 23:59

Please note: This competition is only open to our current Young Learner students. Submissions from children who are not current students at the British Council will not be accepted.


The British Council Japan is excited to be participating in the Global Young Learner Art competition this year. It is organised annually by the British Council for students up to the age of fifteen, studying at a British Council Teaching Centre. 

The theme for 2021 is ‘What makes you happy?’. What does your happy place look like? What makes you smile the most? Bring your imagination and describe what makes you HAPPY in either a painting or a drawing. We encourage you to be as creative with the theme as you wish.

Submitted picture works will initially be reviewed at the local British Council Teaching Centre and one picture will be selected in each of three age groups: age 8 and under; age 9 to 11; and age 12 to 15 years. Selected work will be forwarded to the UK to be entered the Competition, and twelve pictures will be selected to appear in the British Council’s 2022 Young Learner’s Calendar.

We look forward to receiving your entry! 

[For students who attend the 2021 Summer Intensive Courses]

All Summer Intensive students will make a piece of artwork in the art lesson sessions. The artwork will be displayed at school and selected works will be submitted to the Young Learner Art Competition.



British Council students up to the age of 15 on 1 September 2021


23:59 Sunday 15 August 2021 

How to entry

  1. Create an original picture based on the theme ‘What makes you happy?’. (Any material will be fine) 
  2. Scan or take a photo of your picture work. The size should be A4- A3.
    Format: either of JPG, PNG, GIF, PDF
    Data size: Under 10MB
  3. Complete the participation consent form (download the form below)
  4. Upload your work data using the application form, fill in the mandatory form and apply.   

Prizes and Selection

Applications will be screened by a local British Council coordinator and selected works (up to three; one from each age group) will be forwarded to British Council UK. We will announce the selected entries to its applicant. Twelve final winners will be selected by a panel of judges from the British Council. All decisions of the British Council will be final and binding. No correspondence will be entered into. 


  • Students must create an original picture based on the topic. 
  • Only one entry per person is allowed. 
  • Each entry must be accompanied by a completed and signed consent form by parent/guardian. 
  • Entry to the Competition is free of charge. Please note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in creating and submitting the original picture (e.g. art materials, etc.). 


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