What do you love about Oxford? Is it that misty view of dreaming spires from afar, or the hustle and bustle of Broad Street? O3 Gallery and Oxford Castle Quarter are launching a new and exciting arts opportunity, the Oxford Art Prize, in order to pose that very question. Focussing on a selection of integral spaces and views within Oxford, both historic and contemporary, this open art competition is set to celebrate Oxford city’s unique culture, natural beauty and heritage. On Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th June 2015 artists will bring their own sketchbooks, paper, boards and canvases to previously allocated locations within Oxford and then work ‘en plein air’ (in the open air), creating a dynamic flurry of visible artistic activity across the city.
As well securing entry into a major selling exhibition in Oxford city, split between the O3 Gallery at Oxford Castle Quarter and the Town Hall Gallery on St Aldates, participating artists are also in the running for a number of impressive prizes. The artist winning first prize will walk away with an award of £5000 cash and 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, allocating a series of prizes ranging from a slap up family meal to a bottle of something lovely. This exciting opportunity is open to artists of all ages and locations, and work created in all 2D mark-making media will be accepted. Participating artists may complete their art work at home or in studios before submission at the end of August 2015. The judged exhibition and sale of work will take place between Saturday 29th August and Sunday 13th September 2015.
The competition opens for registration on 27th February 2015 and registration will close on 8th May 2015. Adult entries cost £25 for the first work, £15 for a second entry (maximum of 2 entries per person) and children’s entries cost £5 (maximum of 1 entry per child). Entry forms can be downloaded here
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. Prize sponsors include The Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust, Porthleven Holiday Cottages, The Old Lifeboat House Art Studio, 1855 Wine Bar, The Slug and Lettuce Restaurant and The Swan and Castle Pub.