Artefact to Art

A new outreach and public engagement programme for schools, organised by the School of Archaeology & Ancient History at the University of Leicester.

Artefact to Art will complement and run alongside the Annual Meeting of the Classical Association, 6–9 April 2018, which will be hosted by the University. It aims to encourage new ways of engaging with the Classical world through artefacts and physical objects, and features schools events, teaching resources, and competitions.


The competition is for new works of poetry and visual art inspired by ancient artefacts. Entries can be made in the appropriate age groups. As well as prizes, winners and selected will have their work published and publicly showcased. Closing date: 25th Nov 2017. For guidelines and entry form, please see the programme website.

Please note that the Artefact to Art competition is now closed. Thank you to all those who entered!


Under 11s (book tokens): £75 (winner), £50 (runner-up)

​11-18s (book tokens): £150 (winner), £100 (runner-up)

Over 18s: Leicester Tigers tickets plus £100 book tokens (winner); £100 book tokens (runner-up)

​Selected entrants will have their artworks published in a specially-commissioned book. Selected artworks will also featured at showcase events, held as part of the CA Conference programme.


Events during the CA Conference:

5-6pm, Saturday 7th April

Artefact to Art Book launch, prizegiving, and poetry reading.

Please join us for an hour of poetry reading and prizegiving, to celebrate the achievements of the entrants to the ‘Artefact to Art’ competition. The book featuring selected entries to this competition will also be officially launched at this event.

Open throughout the conference

Artefact to Art Exhibition

Selected entries of poetry and visual art from the ‘Artefact to Art’ competition will be showcased at a special exhibition in the Charles Wilson Building.

Schools’ Essay Competition Display

Winning entries from the Schools’ Essay Competition will be displayed and available to read in the exhibitor’s hall in the Charles Wilson Building.

Further Information

Other areas of activity for the Artefact to Art programme:


The Foundry Cup, red-figure kylix​ from 5th century BCE Athens, depicting artisans in a workshop. Image from Wikimedia Commons, photograph taken by Saliko

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Contact Details

Professor Graham Shipley (Conference Chair)
Dr Nikki Rollason (Conference Administrator)

School of Archaeology and Ancient History
University of Leicester
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Conference Information

The CA2018 is a family-friendly conference. A child-friendly room will be available on-campus throughout the conference with facilities for baby-changing and a soft play area. Please be aware however, that we cannot supervise children and a parent or guardian must be present. Parents or guardians are responsible for their children at all times during the conference. If required, there is also a dedicated room for breastfeeding and pumping milk.

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Important Dates

Conference booking closes:
2 April 2018

Late booking fee applies after:
28th February 2018

Conference booking opens:
15 January 2018

Accessibility Information

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The University of Leicester is committed to equal access to our facilities. DisabledGo has detailed accessibility guides for the Buildings on and off campus, including the main conference venues: Charles Wilson Building, Attenborough Tower and Seminar Block and Peter Williams Lecture Theatre in the Fielding Johnson Building.