Art House

Art House

Art House is a set of films, teaching notes and a competition designed to engage primary school students with the unique art collection in Parliament.

Winners announced

We are pleased to announce that the winners of Art House 2013, runners-up and finalists have been selected as follows:


View the Stories online exhibition

  • Winner: Houses of Parliament by Douglas Aitken (age 10) from Otterton Primary School, Devon
  • Runner-up: Votes for Women by Freddie Mowbray (age 10) from Warminster Prep, Warminster
  • Runner-up: Remember by Manha Mahfuza (age 8) from  Wilkes Green Junior School, Handsworth, Birmingham


  • Hunger by Mathius Folkesson-Church (Warminster Prep School)
  • My Life by Georgia Jordan-Archer (Ashley Junior School)
  • Olympic Stained Glass Window by Sandra Bibal (St Edmund’s Catholic School)
  • Ping-Pong by Jamie Gordon (St Benedict’s Catholic Primary)
  • Remember, Remember by Zoe Brook (Dormer House School)
  • Westminster Palace Sunset by Lucy Sheppard (Warren Road Primary)
  • Woman and Horse by Olly Gomples (Warminster Prep School)


View the Events online exhibition

  • Winner: The Blitz by Lily O’Niel (age 11) from Otterton Primary School, Devon
  • Runner-up: The Thames Flotilla for the Jubilee by Freya Ingram (age 10) from Warren Road Primary School, Bromley, Kent
  • Runner-up: Flaming London by Arek Rozyczka (age 10) from Vernon Terrace Primary, Northampton


  • All Aboard for the Olympics by Beatrice Tweedie ( Dormer House School)
  • Houses of Parliament in the Blitz by Nathan Nudd (Happisburgh Primary School)
  • London’s View by Joshua Noble ( Dormer House School)
  • Mr and Mrs Jubilee by Lauren Jones (Warren Road Primary), The Great Fire by Ruby Ford (Otterton Primary School)
  • The Houses of Parliament by Tamara Buja (St Edmund’s Catholic School)
  • Westminster Burns by Ollie Jones (Otterton Primary School)


View the People online exhibition

  • Winner: Hobbies by Joe Lewis (age 11) from The Glasgow Academy, Glasgow
  • Runner-up: Spot the Difference by Esme Cottam (age10) from Dormer House School,  Gloucestershire
  • Runner-up: The Green Stripe by Lydia Bell (age 9) from Hallaton CE Primary School, Market Harborough


  • David Cameron by Nathan White (Happisburgh Primary School)
  • Determination by Nii Asumang (Vernon Terrace Primary)
  • London and Me by Paige Mattison-Weeks (St Edmunds Catholic School)
  • London Shines by Alexandra Thomas (Dormer House School)
  • Mr Abrahams by Mical Bile (St Edmunds Catholic School)
  • My Favourite Things by Rachel Campbell (The Glasgow Academy)
  • Norman Lamb by Mia Harris (Happisburgh Primary School)


The teaching resource

The Art House teachers' pack is a standalone resource to help you explore different parliamentary artworks in the classroom. You can also use it to help your students prepare work for entry into the Art House competition. The competition will launch in September 2012 and will run throughout the autumn term.

The pack contains three sets of teaching notes accompanying a series of short films. They show Members of the House of Lords talking about their favourite works of art. The chosen pieces follow three themes:

Using the resource

Start your session by playing one of the four short films available online which look at art works from three jumping off points: stories, events and people. Each film has supporting notes to help your class move through three steps:

Get started: find out about the art works
After watching the short introductory film about the artwork, use the accompanying notes to hold effective class discussions about each work. 

Get investigating: look in detail at the artwork
This section of the resource provides tips and ideas for undertaking further research and running activities about each of the artworks, the artist that created them, and the techniques used.

Get creative: make your own works of art and share them
Use these hands-on classroom activities and inspire your class to get creative. From collage to painting, the activities are achievable in the classroom and will produce results that you can display in school or enter into the Art House competition.

*Image detail from ‘Baroness Amos’ oil on canvas by Paul Benney © Palace of Westminster Collection, WOA 6386

The competition

The competition is now closed.

Every student that enters will receive an Art House certificate of recognition from Parliament along with a certificate for the school as a whole.

Three winners and six runners-up will have their work displayed on the Parliamentary Estate at a special exhibition. They will be invited to attend the launch of the exhibition, where they will also take a tour of Parliament.

Arts Award supporter

Work from the Art House competition can be used towards Arts Award Discover and Arts Award Explore.

Visit the Arts Award website to find out more.