Art competition launched to mark the NHS’s 70th birthday

Communications TeamNews

The NHS turns 70 on 5th July, and to mark this fantastic milestone, health organisations are appealing to local designers and artists to help them celebrate.

A special NHS at 70 artwork competition is being held as part of the forthcoming Hull and East Riding Health Expo, seeking a design or piece of art which depicts the local NHS and how people feel about it.

The winning design will be displayed at the Health Expo event, which takes place at the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel on Ferensway on Thursday 5th July this year. It will also be printed onto commemorative merchandise which will be made available at the event to celebrate the health service’s 70th year. The winning artist will also receive an iPad and a £100 art supplies voucher.

The competition opens on Friday 20 April and will close at 11:59pm on Monday 4th June (deadline now extended). The winning design will be revealed on the day of the event.


We’re looking for a piece of artwork, no larger than 70cm x 40cm, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS. The design must feature the number ‘70’ and reference to the National Health Service or NHS. Beyond that, artists are free to portray the occasion however they wish to do so. Potential things artists may also wish to consider when developing a design include (but are not limited to):

  • A personal connection to the NHS
  • How the NHS makes people feel
  • The impact the NHS has on people’s lives
  • The different types of worker employed by the NHS
  • Local healthcare estate or recognisable buildings/facilities
  • Changes in healthcare over time

Artwork can be submitted electronically or in hard copy.

Hard copy – Simply submit your artwork, along with a completed entry form available to download here, to NHS 70 Artwork Competition, Communications Office, 1st Floor, Alderson House, Hull Royal Infirmary, Anlaby Road, Hull, HU3 2JZ.

Electronically – Email your design, along with a completed entry form available to download here, to and mark the subject field ‘NHS 70 Artwork competition’.

Please note we cannot guarantee return of hard copy submissions.

Click here for full competition terms and conditions. 

After the closing date, entries will be judged by a panel of local art and healthcare professionals. The winner will be notified and their winning design unveiled at the Health Expo.