What is it that makes Oxford so beautiful? Is it the impressive architecture of the Radcliffe Camera, the grandeur of Christ Church or the cobbled streets of the Covered Market? Artists from across the country flocked to Oxford in June to answer this very question, by taking part in the Oxford Art Prize, an open-air art competition launched by O3 Gallery and Oxford Castle Quarter. The aim of the competition was to create a visible hub of artistic activity across the city and to celebrate Oxford’s beauty, culture and heritage through the medium of art. Now it’s time to share the results with the British public through a judged exhibition at O3 Gallery at Oxford Castle and the Town Hall gallery.
Artists were allocated various locations across Oxford during the weekend of the 6th and 7th June. Those artists had the day to begin their piece – created using 2D mark-making media; finding inspiration from their scenic viewpoint within the city. This exciting opportunity enables artists of all ages and locations, amateur and professional to take part and have their work exhibited in a gallery setting.
With over 100 artworks due to be exhibited, it’s going to be a hard task for a selected panel of judges to choose their winners! There are a number of impressive prizes to be won, including a first prize of £5000. The first runner-up will receive use of the idyllic Lifeboat Art Studio in Porthleven, Cornwall, plus luxury accommodation for two. In addition to this, a number of local businesses will choose their own winners of a series of prizes ranging from a slap up family meal to a bottle of something tasty. The lucky winners will be announced at an invitation-only prize giving event at Oxford Castle Quarter in September.
The Oxford Art Prize exhibition will open at O3 Gallery, Oxford Castle and the Town Hall Gallery on Saturday 29th August. O3 Gallery is open Tues-Fri 12-5pm, Sat & Sun 11-4pm. The Town Hall Gallery is open Mon-Sat 10-5pm, entry to both gallery’s is free. All artwork is available to purchase. The exhibition will be judged on the 5th September by a select panel that will choose their winners to be announced at an invitation-only prize giving event at Oxford Castle.
Friday 27th February 2015: Registration opens
Friday 8th May 2015, Midnight: Registration closes
Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th June 2015: Painting/drawing takes place across Oxford
Tuesday 25th August 2015: Artwork submitted
Saturday 29th August 2015: Exhibition opens
Saturday 5th September 2015 (afternoon): Prize-giving takes place
Sunday 13th September 2015: Final day of exhibition
The Oxford Art Prize is presented by O3 Gallery and Oxford Castle Quarter in association with Experience Oxfordshire, Oxford Preservation Trust, Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire Artweeks, and Eye Division web services.
Download the Oxford Art Prize Press Release Here
Image by Nicola Onions.