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.
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 11-4pm, 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, first prize is £5000.