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After the success of the inaugural Cambridge Invitational in 2019, contest organisers Galeria Moderna are inviting artists associated with art societies and association to take part in the second Cambridge Invitational Art Contest and Exhibition.

Sonia Villiers, winner of the 2019 Mayor’s Choice Award at the first The Cambridge Invitational Art Contest and Exhibition
Sonia Villiers, winner of the 2019 Mayor’s Choice Award at the first The Cambridge Invitational Art Contest and Exhibition

The winning artists will be selected by a panel of judges - each one a gallery owner/manager from Cambridge and London. The selected works from the winning artists will then create the second Cambridge Invitational Art Exhibition.

The Cambridge Invitational Art Contest and Exhibition logo
The Cambridge Invitational Art Contest and Exhibition logo

The contest will feature a national online exhibition as well as a physical one. Galeria Moderna are once again partnering two of the biggest names in commercial art retail and supplies.

Gail Mason, winner of the Scudamore’s Art Award at the first The Cambridge Invitational Art Contest and Exhibition in 2019
Gail Mason, winner of the Scudamore’s Art Award at the first The Cambridge Invitational Art Contest and Exhibition in 2019

Castle Fine Art, a commercial art retailer, will host the physical exhibition for one week (subject to any change in government guidelines) in an exhibition space within their second-floor gallery at the Grand Arcade in Cambridge.

The Galeria Moderna logo
The Galeria Moderna logo

Art supplier Cass Art will host an online blog gallery, as well as interviews with the winning artists. Cass Art are currently showcasing the winners of the London Invitational Contest and Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist of the Year.

A selection of Cambridge’s patrons of the arts have been brought together to provide prizes and further awards for the 12 winning artists. Prizes from the Cambridge patrons include:

  • The Mayor’s Choice Award - Selected by the Mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Russ McPherson. The 2019 winner was artist Sonia Villiers.
  • The Graduate Cambridge Hotel Art Award - Be one of the first to experience Graduate Cambridge with a bottle of champagne, overnight stay and breakfast for two.
  • The Scudamore’s Art Award - Enjoy a private chauffeured champagne river tour for up to six people.
  • The Oak Bistro Art Award - Enjoy a three-course meal for two and celebrate with a bottle of champagne.

The contest supports the charities Arts and Minds and Arts for Dementia UK. Further causes include the mayor’s chosen charities, with donations from every entry and 20 per cent from the sale of the winning artworks.

Paul Rodhouse, winner of the Hilton Award at the first The Cambridge Invitational Art Contest and Exhibition in 2019
Paul Rodhouse, winner of the Hilton Award at the first The Cambridge Invitational Art Contest and Exhibition in 2019

For further details of the contest and how to enter, got to camartcontest.com. The submission deadline is July 1 and the winners will be announced on July 21. A preview exhibition and awards evening will be held on August 15 and the online exhibition is on August 16. The ‘in person’ exhibition runs from August 16 to August 22.

Read more:

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