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  • Writer's pictureSTEVE COOKE AATA


The Ashmolean want to see your creative response to a situation which has affected everyone and every aspect of our lives this year. Your artwork might reflect on the experience of lockdown and being at home, things that you are missing or looking forward to when life resumes, or sources of inspiration and hope during the difficult circumstances that we are all facing.

This competition is open to everyone based in the UK and will be judged in three age categories:

under 11 years

aged 11–17

those aged 18 and over

Your entry can be any type of visual artwork: painting, drawing, printmaking, computer aided design, textiles, photography, sculpture, video art or collage.


A panel of judges headed by the Museum Director, Dr Xa Sturgis, will select the winning entries in each age category.

The Ashmolean will host an online exhibition of the shortlisted work. Additionally, they aim to exhibit winning artwork when the Museum has re-opened and they can do so safely. The winning entry in each category will also be treated to a celebration tea for their family in the Ashmolean’s rooftop restaurant plus tickets to the current temporary exhibition.


The competition will be judged by:

Tim Hughes, Features Editor, The Oxford Times

Dr Kamal Mahtani, GP and Associate Professor, Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, Oxford University

Dr Janina Ramirez, cultural historian, broadcaster and Course Director at Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education

Dr Xa Sturgis, Director of the Ashmolean


To enter the competition, send in a photograph of your artwork using the online entry form.

The closing date for the competition is 5pm on Friday 31 July 2020.

Your photograph of your artwork should be in a jpg/jpeg format.

Your photograph of your artwork should not exceed 5Mb in size.

To submit a video, please send a single screenshot (jpg/jpeg no larger than 5Mb), and then email a small version of the video (no larger than 5Mb) to: – please also include your full name in the email.

You can also host your video on a video hosting platform and share a link with us if you would like us to see the video at higher resolution.

Only one entry is permitted per person.

If you don’t have access to your own phone, camera or computer, you can ask a family member, friend or carer to submit an entry on your behalf. If you need further assistance contact them at:

Entries must be made online; please do not post an artwork to the Museum.

The judges will view your entries on a screen so please ensure that your photo makes your artwork look its best. Photograph your artwork in strong light, ideally daylight, and ensure the photograph is in focus by perhaps resting your camera on something to keep it very still. You should also try to ensure your artwork fills as much of the photograph as possible so they can see it in greater detail.

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