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Grab your pens, pencils, paints, pastels or crayons and get creative for a chance to see your pirate character on display at the V&A Museum of Childhood!

We all love pirates and our latest exhibition celebrates fictional pirates through the ages. We’d like you to create a completely original, pirate character, give them a name and tell us about their adventures.

The competition is open to children aged between 2 and 12 years old.

First prize:

  • Your design will be displayed in A Pirate’s Life for Me at the V&A Museum of Childhood and featured on our website.
  • An art supplies gift voucher for £100 to spend at Cass Art.

Runner up

  • Your design will be displayed at the V&A Museum of Childhood and featured on our website.


  • Create your own pirate character (no larger than A4 in size).
  • On a separate sheet, give them a name and tell us about their adventures.
  • Email us your entry, attaching your illustration as a .jpg image to by 11 January 2019.
  • Remember to keep the original as winners will need to post their entries to us at a later date.

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Terms & Conditions

  • This competition is open to children aged 2-12 and resident in the UK.
  • Entry to this competition can be made between 16 November 2018 and 11 January 2019 by e-mailing an image of your drawing. Entry shall constitute acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  • Entry into the competition is via e-mail only. Postal submissions cannot be considered. We are unable to return entries sent by post.
  • Entries must be images of the original drawing.
  • One entry per child.
  • The winner must provide the V&A Museum of Childhood with valid proof of identity, residency and age, matching the identity of the entrant, before any prize will be awarded.
  • All entries must be received by 23.59 (GMT) on 11 January 2019. The V&A Museum of Childhood cannot accept any liability for any entries that are late, lost, incomplete or rendered unrecognisable.
  • All images uploaded must be in the JPEG format, using the extension .jpg
  • JPEG file names must use letters and numbers only and must not include other characters such as ampersands (&) etc.
  • Images must be a maximum file size of 1MB and no larger than 900 pixels wide.
  • Entrants to the competition must be prepared, if they win, to transfer ownership of the original artwork to the V&A Museum of Childhood.
  • Entrants grant the V&A Museum of Childhood a non-exclusive licence to reproduce artwork for use in web and printed media publicity for promoting the ‘A Pirate’s Life for Me’ exhibition.
  • No correspondence will be entered into with unsuccessful entrants.
  • The judges will be the Exhibition Curator William Newton and Exhibition Manager Sophie Sage.
  • The judges’ decision is final.
  • On or about Monday 21 January 2019 the V&A Museum of Childhood will pick one entry deemed as The Winner and one entry deemed as the Runner Up.
  • The main prize cannot be exchanged for cash or any alternative.
  • The £100 gift voucher is to be used towards payment for art material at Cass Art.
  • The Winner and the Runner Up will be notified by the V&A Museum of Childhood via email. If the V&A Museum of Childhood have not been able to communicate and receive either the Winner’s or the Runners Up’s confirmation receipt after 21 days from notification, the V&A Museum of Childhood shall award the Prize to an alternative winner for each of the prizes.
  • Any person suspected of cheating, acting dishonestly or fraudulently in the opinion of the Promoter will be excluded from the competition.


V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London,  E2 9PA, United Kingdom

Prize Providers:

V&A Museum of Childhood  & Cass Art, 66-67 Colebrooke Row, London, N1 8AB


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