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Welcome to The Cambridge Invitational Art Contest & Exhibition 2023©

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The Contest is now open for submissions.
Open call for all artists.

Extended Deadline - Midnight Sunday 26th November 2023.

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Your chance to exhibit and sell your artwork at our beautiful bespoke gallery within the Grand Arcade 

Award winning artworks of 2022

 Preview & Award evening 2022 

Twelve selected artists will showcase their artwork this winter at the

Galeria Moderna Art Gallery, Grand Arcade - Cambridge

Each artist must submit two works of art that best represent themselves as an artist.


The Contest is open to all artists, there is no theme to the contest and all mediums of art including photography can be entered for this competition.
Performance and video art are the only mediums excluded.


Artwork size must not exceed 130cm x 130cm x 65cm
for artworks to be hung on the wall.


Sculptures must not exceed 170cm Height x 150cm x 150cm.

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All judges are instructed to select a diverse mix of styles and mediums to make for what we feel to be, one of the most inclusive art contests in the UK.

Twelve Artists are selected & with a rotation of judges, previous award winners and applicants have a fresh opportunity each year.

Special guest judge for the 4th Cambridge Invitational is John Doubleday

£2 from every entry will be donated to Arts and Minds.

In addition the artworks sales commission of  20% will also

be donated to the beneficiary charitiy.


Here are a few reasons to enter... 

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Physical Exhibition

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Click on the video to see our amazing space.

We are thrilled to announce for the first time, Galeria Moderna's very own gallery will house the exhibition & the preview awards evening within the Grand Arcade, Cambridge.

For one week, from the 18th - 23rd December the winning artworks will be exhibited 

for viewing and for sale with 20% commission donated to Arts and Minds.

Each winner and a guest will be invited to attend our preview and awards evening on the 17th December and receive their

Cambridge Invitational Art Award.

The preview evening will include further individual awards, prizes, drinks and a chance to chat to our judges, patrons and industry professionals.

The evening will also provide great publicity opportunities with media interviews.

Total cost of entry including both images just £35.

NB. ALL JUDGES ARE UNAWARE OF INVITEE OR WILDCARD STATUS TO ENSURE A UNBIASED FAIR JUDGING SYSTEM.

Permanent Online Gallery

Cass Art, the UK's leading commercial art supplies retailer, will host interviews with the twelve winning artists on their  acclaimed blog interview page. 

Cass Art's blog page also promotes interviews with the winning artists of

Sky Art's Portrait, Landscape Artist of the year and

The Galeria Moderna, London, Cambridge and Oxford Invitationals.

This collaboration will provide excellent national exposure for the twelve winning artists.

Galeria Moderna also hosts a permanent online gallery on our website HUB

showcasing the winning artworks for each of our contests as a historic record.

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During the awards and preview evening five of the twelve winning artists are eligible for one of the following additional awards and prizes including exclusive prizes from our Patrons of the Arts...

The 2nd John Doubleday Art Award.

 Including £100 of

Cass Art 

Gift Vouchers

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The Cass Art Award.

Including £100 of Cass Art Vouchers

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The inaugural 

Cambridge Independent Newspaper Award.

Including £100 Cass Art Voucher

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The 2rd Gonville Hotel Art Award.
Including a room for two and a bottle of fizz

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The 4th Scudamores Art Award.
Including a private chauffeured champagne river tour for up to 6 people 

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Call for entries are open. 
Deadline for entries midnight th November 2023
Judging 27th November - 1st Decmeber.

Private Awards & Preview Evening
17th December.
Exhibition 18th-23rd December 2023.

If you have received an email from us, please enter as an invitee.

If you have seen our promotions, please enter as a wildcard. 

NB our judges are unaware of the invitee, wildcard and or student status.

Meet the judges.

We have assembled a superb cross section of Judges for this years competition, who will provide a balanced and varied selection process. This system provides the opportunity for a diverse selection of artists to showcase their art directly to these influential  national, city gallery owners and art lovers across the UK.

All judges are instructed to select a diverse mix of styles and mediums to make for what we feel to be, one of the most inclusive art contests in the UK.

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John Doubleday

Special Guest judge John Doubleday - John studied sculpture at Goldsmiths College. Since his first show at the Waterhouse gallery in London in 1968 he has enjoyed more than 30 one man exhibitions in Britain, America and the Continent. His work can be divided into two distinct categories: commissioned work and the paintings and sculpture produced for exhibition. Of the two categories it is the exhibition work which is the obviously more personal. 

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Stacy Bodkin

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Stacy is the Art Gallery Manager at Castle Fine Art Gallery, Cambridge. As the UK's leading art retailer, we are committed to our motto: Your World, Our Art®. In our journey to make art accessible for all, we have worked alongside our collectors, staff and local communities to discover the new generation of artistic talent. 

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Elena Chimonas

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Elena is the owner of Camden Image Gallery London, an independent, award-winning gallery displaying a range of artworks in all genres. The gallery, which opened in 2013, is available to hire to curators & artists from the UK and around the world, and welcomes artists at all stages in their career. There are three rooms located over two floors allowing for a variety of artwork to be displayed. The gallery is situated in the vibrant heart of Camden, easily accessible by all and is part of the area’s diverse, cultural landscape.

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Call for entries are now open.

See Home Menu to read what our previous winning artists have said about our contests.

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