Centre for Personalised Medicine Art Competition

Welcome to our competition page! Every year, we plan to ask young people to create art that looks at the great things and the challenging things about personalised medicine.


In the first year of the competition, we’re looking at measuring things to do with health and disease. Measurements are important in healthcare and can:

  • Help work out why people are feeling ill
    for example, checking your temperature if you feel poorly
  • Help plan treatments
    for example, checking how old you are to work out how much of a medicine you need
  • Help test new medicines and new vaccines
    for example, seeing if people who have had a vaccine are less likely to get a disease than people who haven’t had a vaccine
  • Look at the health of communities
    for example, seeing how many cold and flu medicines are sold by a supermarket at different times of year


We would like you to create art about measurements in health and disease.

To give you some ideas, your art could look at:

  • What sort of things might get measured at your GP practice and hospital? Height, weight, your temperature… what else can you think of?
  • If you were inventing a new drug or vaccine, what would you measure to see whether it worked?
  • Are there things that are hard to measure but that are still important in healthcare? For example, can you measure how a person is feeling?
  • Can you measure too many things?


We can’t wait to see what you create! Please read below for more details.


What sort of art should I create?

  • You can make a drawing, a painting, a photograph, a collage, a sculpture – we’re excited to see what you come up with! It needs to be something that you can take a photograph of (so it can’t be a piece of music or a video, for example).
  • The art must be your own work. If you use pre-existing material (e.g. to make a collage), you need to obtain permission to use the material from the copyright holder.
  • Any people in your art should not be identifiable. If you’re doing a picture involving a person, you should draw or paint someone from your imagination rather than a person you know in real life.


Competition timeline

Opens for entries: 1st September 2022

Closes to new entries: 20th January 2023 at 1pm

Winner and finalists announced: 15th March 2023


Who can enter?

  • You can enter the competition if you will be in Year 7, 8 or 9 of secondary school on the 1st October 2022.
  • Your school must be based in the UK, or if you are taught at home you must live in the UK.
  • The closing date for competition entries is 20th January 2023 at 1pm. Late entries will not be accepted.


How do I enter?

Please email a photo of the artwork to cpm@well.ox.ac.uk with subject line ‘CPM competition’ by 20th January 2023 at 1pm together with the form at the bottom of this page completed by your parent/guardian.

Please keep your original artwork safe. If you are a competition winner we might ask you to send it to us for display or scanning (we would pay for postage).

By entering the competition, you give the Centre for Personalised Medicine permission to share your artwork online and in person. The artist’s first name, age when entering the competition, school name, and county where their school is based, will be displayed together with the art.



The judging panel will be comprised of members of the Centre for Personalised Medicine and their guests.

The artworks will be judged on:

  • Relevance – does the image communicate something important about measurements in health and disease?
  • Originality – does the image make you think about healthcare measurements in new or challenging ways?
  • Artistry – does the image capture your attention and make you want to find out more?

The judges’ decision is final.



All artists who enter the competition will be sent a digital certificate via email.

The best entries will be shared online by the Centre for Personalised Medicine, and displayed at an exhibition in 2023.

One overall winner will receive £100 and one runner-up will receive £50.


Where can I learn more about measurements in health and disease?

  • This animation looks at how collecting and analysing measurements in healthcare could give new insights about diseases and treatments.
  • The Understanding Patient Data website looks at some of the issues around collecting and using measurements in health and disease.

For inspiration…

These stunning paintings are by Jake Mainwaring, winner of the St Anne’s College Competition about healthcare data (medical measurements). The painting on the left is beautifully detailed and represents lots of different measurements creating an overall picture. The painting on the right is the same painting but with lots of it covered by plain blue paint. If some people decide that they don’t want their measurements used in research, how might it change the overall picture that scientists can see? Does that matter? Who should decide what measurements can be used for research, and how should they decide?

art competition pictures