The Art of the Heart Awards

An International Competition for Artistic Works which Illustrate Matters of Health and Illness Related to the Heart or Circulation

The aim of this new international competition, launched in 2022, is to raise awareness among the public, health professionals and policy makers about matters of heart and circulation health, illness and its treatment and prevention, through the visual arts.

Art is a powerful tool that can bring our attention to important issues and influence our perception of them. We hope to encourage wider awareness and discussion of heart health by broadening public and professional knowledge through visual and artistic forms.

The competition is created and promoted by the Cardiovascular Research Trust, the healthy heart charity founded in 1996.



The Art of the Heart is a prize competition for visual arts on the subject of matters of health and illness related to the heart or circulation. This may include/cover, but is not limited to, the following areas:

  • Imagery of the heart  
  • Imagery of blood vessels or circulation of the blood,

  including aspects of:

  • Prevention,
  • Causes of illness,
  • Diagnosis, or
  • Treatment of and living with, or recovery from heart or circulatory conditions.


The competition is open to entrants from anywhere in the world aged 16-30 years, with an amateur or professional interest in the visual arts.

Entries may be within any visual art form, for example: photography, video, painting, drawing, collage, engraving or other graphic work or sculpture.


To enter the Art of the Heart, go to

and enter the information requested.

All entries must include your full name, date of birth, email address, postal address (including postcode), and telephone number.

Entries that do not comply with these rules will be void and will not be entered into the competition.


Entry into the Art of the Heart is free.

An entrant may submit one (1) entry. Entries must be original, unpublished, and not have won any other award or prize.


The judging panel for 2022 consists of:

  • Peter Spens, Artist, The Cranley Gallery.
  • Professor Bernard Cheung, Sun Chieh Yeh Heart Foundation Professor in Cardiovascular Therapeutics, Department of Medicine, University of Hong Kong.
  • Emma Thompson (nee Singer), daughter of the late Professor Donald Singer, inspirator of the Art of the Heart Awards.  Emma is a teacher and art lover from her early childhood.
  • Rachita Mallya, Registrar in General Surgery. Winner of the Darzi Clinical Research Fellowship and doctoral candidate at Imperial College London’s Institute of Global Health Innovation on the role of AI in Mammography and Surgery.
  • John Jackson, a cardiovascular patient representative.

The panel’s decisions are final.


There will be a cash prize award of £300 (GBP) for the winning entry and two further commendations each accompanied by a £100 (GBP) cash prize: one for the piece of art deemed as the most visually engaging and one for the piece of art deemed to have the highest educational value.

The winner will be the artist of the entry chosen by the judging panel to be the most creative, original, emotive, or educational out of all entries correctly submitted in accordance with these rules.


The competition is accepting entries from September 5th, 2022.

The closing date for entries is October 21th, 2022 at midnight GMT.  Entries received after this time will be void and will not be entered.

Shortlisted and commended entrants will be informed by October 30th, 2022.

Details of shortlisted and commended entrants will be posted on the charity’s online channels in November 2022 and as part of an online virtual showcase.

There will be an online Awards ceremony in which the winning entry and the two commended entries will be announced during World Healthy Life Week, taking place between October 31st and November 6th, 2022.


All entries must be submitted online. Digital files are required.

Digital images submitted should be saved as .jpg, compression HIGH have a file size of at least 2MB at 72dpi/ppi, 1080pixels width x 1080 pixels height (for portrait images), 1500-1920 pixels wide x 1000-1080 pixels height (for landscape images).

2D entries (e.g., a photograph or painting) should be submitted as a single file.
3D entries (e.g., a sculpture) should be submitted as 4 files, showing front, right view, rear view, and left view of the image.
Video files should be at least 720p, at least medium quality with at least faster compression.


No signature, stamp or any other identifying mark is allowed anywhere on the entry other than in the covering online entry form.


You confirm that your entry will:

  • will be your own original work.
  • will not breach any third party’s intellectual property rights.
  • will not be defamatory, offensive, threatening, discriminatory, pornographic, or illegal; and
  • can be submitted to us and used without breaching any contractual obligation to any person.
  • if it contains photographs or video images of people, include their specific informed voluntary consent to your using it for the purposes of the competition and the licence described below.

Please note that these confirmations give rise to legal obligations and you should consult a lawyer qualified to practice English law if you have any questions as to their meaning or whether you comply with them.


Copyright in all entries will remain with the entrant.  The CVRT will be granted a perpetual, world-wide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to display the original and publish copies of the winning shortlisted and commended entries. Images of shortlisted, commended, and winning entries are not to be used to promote other charities in the same or similar fields. The CVRT is to be acknowledged in all mentions of shortlisted, commended, and winning entries.


The CVRT will use your personal information only as reasonably required in connection with the Competition and its privacy policy.

The surname, age and country of the winners will be published at for two years after the closing date.

If you do not want your surname, age and county included on the list of winners referred to above, you must notify the CVRT a reasonable period of time before the closing date of the promotion.

You acknowledge that you may be asked to participate in publicity if you are selected as a winner.


This promotion is operated by the Cardiovascular Research Trust the Healthy Heart Charity, 11 Chandos Street, London, United Kingdom, W1G 9EB.

The CVRT will not be legally responsible to entrants or winners for any losses in connection with the competition (unless caused by its fraud or for other liability which cannot be excluded by law).

English law applies to these terms and conditions.  Any disputes will be subject to the -exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

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