Royal Armouries Exhibition - Creative Art Competition

The West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) in partnership with Royal Armouries has launched a creative art competition for young people aged 25 and under.

The VRU and Royal Armouries are working in partnership to develop and produce a portable display to raise awareness and promote the work of the VRU and Operation Jemlock which exist to reduce instances of youth violence through prevention and intervention.

Three entries will be chosen to feature within the exhibition at the Royal Armouries from January 2022, and the overall winner of the competition will receive a £100 voucher and a gift hamper from the museum shop. The entries in second and third place will receive a £50 voucher each.

We would like young people to be creative around any of the following topics:

  • Young people’s thoughts, feelings, or views on violence
  • Promoting personal safety
  • What makes you feel safe or unsafe in your community

We would like this to be a platform for young people to make positive points about community safety and the work which is taking place in West Yorkshire to reduce serious violence.


Young people can express their entry in any of the following formats:

  • Art
  • Writing or poems
  • Photography
  • Graphics
  • Woodwork, metalwork, or any 3D structures


Content can include:

  • Key messages around community safety
  • If you were the prime minister, what would you change about your community to make it a safer place to live?
  • The impact violence can have on families and friends or communities
  • How young people feel about violent crime
  • Can be from a victim, offender, or bystander/community perspective
  • Can be solely written or include quotes or wording within the piece


Things to consider:

  • No video or audio entries
  • Photographs of 3D structures can be included as an entry
  • For 3D creations entries must be no higher than 250mm, no wider than 350mm, no deeper than 400mm
  • For 2D entries must be no wider than 350mm, no deeper than 400mm
  • Entries must be from residents of West Yorkshire
  • Keep any written entries to 1 side of A4 or maximum 500 words
  • Be creative with your format, structure, or layout
  • Entries will be judged on the most powerful message
  • Think about how your chosen topic makes you feel
  • What messages would you want to communicate to other young people in West Yorkshire?
  • All entries must be your own work, we cannot except material subject to copyright


How to enter: