What does Oxford mean to you? Council launches art competition

Published: Friday, 11th March 2022

Oxford City Council is launching an art competition to give people a chance to see their designs on display boards used at key events in the city throughout the year, such as May Morning celebrations.

Everyone, whatever age, is welcome to enter, whether existing artist, budding amateur or complete novice. There are at least 15 winning places available.

The Council is looking for a wide range of designs that embrace the broadest range of people in all of Oxford’s communities.

This can be in any 2D medium e.g. a drawing, painting or a collage and entrants can be individuals or groups.

Designs should include one or more of the following criteria:

  • Showcasing the hidden gems of the city i.e., not just the obvious landmarks
  • Reflecting the diversity of Oxford’s communities across the whole city
  • Unearthing lesser known stories of the city’s history
  • Celebrating the city’s cultural and sporting vibrancy
  • Embracing carbon zero

How to enter

The display boards are landscape and measure 1.2 metres (height) x 2.4 metres (width) so, for printing purposes, the art work should be created in a landscape format where the length is twice the size of the width (e.g., 14cm (height) x 28cm (width).

Entrants just need to submit a photo of their original artwork and keep the original so it can be professionally scanned to print on to the display boards.

Entries should be submitted digitally and must be received by midnight on Sunday 20 March 2022.

Councillor Mary Clarkson, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism at Oxford City Council, said:

“We all have our own ideas of what Oxford means to us. One of the great things about the city is there’s such a diverse mix of people and places. This is a chance to showcase all the very best things we have to offer and create a picture of the city that inspires both visitors and local people”.

For more information, please visit our Event Boards Art Competition page.