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The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division of the University of Oxford first launched Beyond Boundaries in 2018, and this year has opened its second competition. This science inspired art competition is for Oxfordshire state school students in Years 5, 6, 7, & 8 to create art inspired by research from six Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic scientists.

The Beyond Boundaries project, originally funded by the University of Oxford Diversity Fund, aims to increase the visibility of Oxford’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) scientists and mathematicians, bridge the perceived divide between science and art, and further connect schools and local communities with the University.

Our University project partners include: Gardens, Libraries & Museums (GLAM), Oxford Sparks, Oxford Education Deanery, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), Undergraduate Admissions Office      

UPDATE: Thank you to all the young people who have submitted amazing art entries for our 2020 competition! You put so much creativity and hard work into your piece. We were overwhelmed by the high number of entries and the outstanding quality of the artwork. As you might expect given our current circumstances, this project has been postponed. We know this may be disappointing news, but please rest assured that we will continue the competition, judging, and award celebration as soon as we are able. The planned awards ceremony and public exhibit in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History that was to happen in May 2020, will be postponed until further notice. We will provide further updates on the Oxford Sparks Beyond Boundaries webpage (see link below) as more information is available to share. We are very much looking forward to celebrating you and your work in the near future. 


To find out more about the competition; or to view the artwork, exhibit and awards ceremony photos from our 2018 competition, check out the Oxford Sparks Beyond Boundaries webpage.

Follow us on @OxfordSparks on Twitter for tweets about the project.

Beyond Boundaries poster - all information is provided on the Oxford Sparks webpage linked to on this page.