Beynd Caol Art Competition for Schools
Beyond Coal – Art competition for schools. Design a mining banner for a greener world.

Beyond Coal, FREE worksheet

for Teachers, Parents and Students

Mine2Minds education have produced a free worksheet and template based on the historic Mansfield Colliery banner.  Students are encouraged to bring the banner artform up to date. Many former colliery sites have since been developed as country parks. Our landscape is characterised by wind-turbines instead of pit chimneys. Vehicles are increasingly electric and our lives are dominated by digital technology. These are the kind of images that we might see on a banner today. We are holding a competition for the best-designed banner that goes beyond coal. Let’s see what you can do! Let’s design a modern-themed banner for a greener world.

The Beyond Coal template is ready for you to colour and has four areas for you to add modern-day illustrations. – Draw, paint, use collage or use a computer to create your own banner. You can even design a different front and back, just like the original mining banners.

Download the FREE (PDF) worksheet and artwork template

About the competition

Notes for Parents and teachers

The competition is open to all ages:

  • Key Stage 1 (age 5-7)
  • Key Stage 2 (age 7-11)
  • Key Stage 3 (age 11-14)
  • Key Stage 4 (age 14-16)

How to enter

Take a picture of completed artwork with a mobile phone and email it to Don’t forget to include name, age and contact details for your school.

We will be choosing a winner from each of the four age groups on Monday, June 26th 2021. Winners will be notified by email and an overall winner will receive a framed poster based on their design, plus a copy of our ‘Banners and Beyond’ Booklet. We’ll share the best designs in our online gallery and they will also be shown at the Century of Change schools event to be held at Mansfield Museum on July 14th July 2021 (subject to pandemic lockdown easing). We’ll be posting more details about this event in the coming weeks.

Partner organisations


Nottingham Area NUM Gala procession passing along Nottingham Road, Mansfield, in the 1950’s, en-route to Berry Hill Park.  Source: Our Mansfield and Area website

The Mansfield Colliery banner has stylistic characteristics of the 1951 Festival of Britain. One side features food, drink, light and heat, the other features a coal truck, railway wagon, steamship and power station.  Source: Thinkamigo

The ‘Banners and Beyond’ booklet considers how Notts’ mining communities found expression in union banners at galas, public events and demonstrations, and how this art form is still used in the post-industrial age. Thinkamigo Editions, ISBN 9-781838354602

Related content

Banners Booklet Banners and Beyond 

Banners feature – A History of Coalmining in 10 Objects

Online exhibition – Coal, Community and Change

Memories of Nottinghamshire NUM Galas – Our Mansfield and Area

Festival of Britain – Wikipedia article

Civilisations Stories: The art of mining, banners segment, Youtube

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