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Thank you to everyone who entered our Maths in the Arts Contest. There were over 300 entries and it was very difficlut to choose the winners.

Scroll down to see if you were a winner!


Years 7 – 8 Winner

Mariella Ploix

Harrogate Grammar School

maths and origami

Years 9 – 11 Winner

Zainab Adil

Preston Muslim Girls High School

maths photography

Years 12 – 13 Winner

Neha Jitendra

Kingsbury High School


caligraphy and maths


Years 7 – 8 Honourable mentions

Simra Uddin

Preston Muslim Girls High School

maths and film

Vrinda Parekh

Kingsbury High School

ballet art of maths

Kieran Moorfield

Culceth High School

Maths and art

Abigail Wilson

Harrogate Grammar

music and maths

Rabia Hussain

Preston Muslim Girls High School

maths in origami


Years 9 – 11 Honourable mentions


Maasha Maasha

Preston Muslim Girls High School

traditional art maths


Habibah Miah

Preston Muslim Girls High School

nature and maths

Zoe Warner

Epping St Johns

music and maths

Kadie Kabba


Kingsbury high school

ballet and maths

Mahdiyat Ahmed

Kingsbury High School

architecture and maths


Years 12 – 13 Honourable mentions


Gobindth Kaneshwaran

Kingsbury High


Wahab Rahmani

Kingsbury High

Maths and curves



“A mathematician, like a painter or poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas.”

G.H. Hardy, Mathematician

Mathematics is a creative subject – professional mathematicians will agree that they need to be imaginative in order to succeed in their work.

There is also a big connection between maths and some of the more traditional creative subjects such as music, art and dance.

In our new competition we want you to make a poster aimed at showing people how there is a connection between maths and an arts subject such as music, art or dance.

For example your poster could focus on:

  • Maths and art
  • Maths and dance
  • Maths and music
  • Maths and drama or theatre
  • Maths and film
  • Maths and architecture
  • Maths and textiles
  • Maths and sculpture
  • Maths and origami

You could also make a poster about something really specific such as the connection between one particular artist and maths. You can choose a topic which is not on the list.

We want your posters to be eye catching and informative and to focus on one area, rather than listing lots and lots of different areas.

Poster instructions/criteria:

  • Your poster should focus on the connection between maths and an aspect of the arts.
  • It sounds obvious, but your poster should be a poster – i.e. it doesn’t need to contain lots and lots of words, it needs to be visually eye catching and should give out a strong message.
  • You can draw your poster by hand; use a computer; or a mixture of both.
  • Your poster must be A4 size
  • Paper entries – Please mark your name, school year, and school clearly on the back of your entry. Please do not staple or glue items on to your work as posters are scanned for judging.
  • Online entries – Please ensure that the email address you provide is valid and that you choose the correct year group.


Poster Guidance

To get you started please take a look at this Powerpoint to give you an idea of the things you could include on your poster.


There will be three categories for judging:

  • Years 7 and 8
  • Years 9, 10 and 11
  • Years 12 and 13

If you need to calculate your Scottish school year use the table below.

WordPress Data Table Plugin

The winning posters from students in each category will receive an Android tablet. There will also be five ‘highly commended’ certificates awarded in each group.

All winning and highly commended posters will be on display on the Maths Careers website.

The closing date is Friday 11th January 2019

Winners will be announced here at the end of January 2019.

To enter complete the form below:



or post your entry to:

MathsCareers Creative Maths Poster Competition
Catherine Richards House
16 Nelson Street

If you are a teacher and wish to submit a large number of entries please send a zip file (grouped by year group) to [email protected]

Poster Competition Rules

  1. The promoters of the competition are the sponsors of the Maths Careers website 
  2. It is a condition of entry of this competition that all entrants agree to these competition rules. By permitting their children to enter the competition parents and guardians shall be deemed to consent to the entries being submitted on the terms of these competition rules.
  3. The competition is open to entrants between the ages of 11 and 19 who are residents of the United Kingdom.
  4. No purchase is necessary to enter the competition.
  5. There are three entry categories, based upon the ages of the entrants: Years 7 – 8, Years 9 – 11 and Years 12 – 13. One prize will be awarded for the winner of each category and there will be ‘Highly Commended’ certificates awarded in each age group.
  6. Entries can be submitted via the relevant mechanisms on the website or posted to the MathsCareers Creative Maths Poster Competition, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Catherine Richards House, 16 Nelson Street, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1EF.
  7. Posters must be A4 printed size only. Postal entries will not be entered into the competition if they are any other size.
  8. The poster must be solely the original work and the property of the entrant.
  9. Any poster that has won a prize in another competition is not eligible and will be disqualified if entered.
  10. Entrants may submit no more than one entry which must be made in their applicable age category only. Multiple entries will be disqualified.
  11. The promoters’ decision on all matters relating to the competition is final. No correspondence will be entered into concerning the judgement, administration or organization of the competition, including any assessment of the eligibility of any entry submitted.
  12. Winners will be announced on the website in  February 2019. Individual winners will be notified by the promoters before the end of January 2019
  13. It is a condition of entry to the competition that entrants (or the parents or guardians of entrants) irrevocably permit the promoters and their licensees to copy, reproduce and publish entries in connection only with the promotion of and publicity for this competition and the winning entries. 
  14. The closing date for entries to the competition is midnight on 11th January 2019. Entries received after that date will not be accepted, displayed or judged.
  15. No responsibility will be accepted by the promoters for entries which are lost, late, corrupted, incomplete, defaced, ineligible or otherwise do not comply with these rules (any of which may be deemed invalid at the sole discretion of the promoters).
  16. The prizes are as stated in the competition rules. Prizes are non-refundable and not transferable. No cash alternative will be offered. The promoters reserve the right to substitute the prizes (or any part of them) for prizes of equivalent or greater monetary value if that is necessary for reasons beyond their control.
  17. The promoters will not be liable for prizes that do not reach prize winners for reasons beyond the promoters’ reasonable control. If prize winners cannot be traced after reasonable effort the promoters will dispose of prizes as they think fit without liability to prize winners.
  18. The promoters reserve the right to cancel or amend the competition, at any time without prior notice. 
  19. This competition is governed by the laws of English and Wales and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.


Featured images:

Designmai 30 Bathsheba Grossman – Quin.mgx by Marius WAtz@flickr

Modular Origami : 6 Soissons octogones arranged on a truncated cube by fdecomite@flickr

Untitled by  Ahmed aljassmi@Flickr

Harmonic series, partials 1-5 numbered by Hyacinth at the English Wikipedia or CC-BY-SA-3.0 from Wikimedia Commons