Fourth Plinth Schools Awards

The Fourth Plinth Schools Awards, open to primary and secondary schools in London.

Open Until:

Posted: 10/03/2022

This provides an opportunity for students to design an artwork inspired by the contemporary art commissions, past and present, for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

Find out more about the current Fourth Plinth
Commission by Yinka Shonibare MBE

We invite you to submit digital ideas to our online gallery and enter our annual competition. We welcome a variety of different art forms including drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, digital designs, and even digital film. All entries will feature in an online exhibition, listed A-Z by school.


·                  The winning artwork from each London borough will feature in an official public exhibition at City Hall

·                  Borough winners will be entered into the London wide competition to win a visit to Yinka Shonibare’s studio in East London

·                  Second and third prizes will also be awarded

All winning students, their parent(s)/guardian(s) and a representative from their school will be invited to attend the awards ceremony, presented by artist Yinka Shonibare, at City Hall. 

 Timescales for the Schools Award competition

Monday 20 September 2010 – Schools Awards open for submissions
Friday 17 December 2010 – Deadline for submissions
January 2011 – Announcement of winners
March/April 2011  – Prize-giving ceremony and launch of exhibition at City Hall

Judging criteria

Judges are looking for outstanding works of art of the highest quality which are:

·                  an exciting idea

·                  visually impressive

·                  encourages people to think about the location in Trafalgar Square and London more generally

 Please note: there is no email contact for this opportunity. to register your school go to this link. If you woudl like some help from LEAN with this award contact Jane Hendrie.

Schools Packs are available from the website







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