Welcome to The 3rd Cambridge Invitational Art Contest & Exhibition 2022©

The Contest is now open for submissions. Deadline Sunday 24th midnight.

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Award winning artists of 2019

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 Award winning artists 2021

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

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 120cm x 120cm x 30cm
for artworks to be hung on the wall.

Sculptures must not exceed 150cm Height x 100cm x 100cm.

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 3rd Cambridge Invitational is the renowned artist Lawrence Coulson

£3 from every entry will be donated and shared between the charities selected for the Cambridge Invitational.

In addition the artworks sales commission of  20% will also be shared between our two beneficiary charities.

The charities for Cambridge 2022 are national charity

Arts 4 Dementia and Cambridgeshire's Arts and Minds Charity.
Here are a few reasons to enter... 

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Physical Exhibition

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We are thrilled to announce for the 3rd year Castle Fine Art, the UK's leading commercial art gallery will house the exhibition & the preview awards evening within their Flagship Cambridge Gallery.

For one week, from the 15th - 21st August the winning artworks will be exhibited 

for viewing and for sale with 20% commission shared between our two beneficiary charities.

Each winner and a guest will be invited to attend our preview and awards evening on the 14th August and receive their

Cambridge Invitational Art Award, presented by the Mayor of Cambridge.

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

and commercial art purchasers.

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

Total cost for both images just £35.

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 online exposure for the twelve winning artists.

Galeria Moderna will also host a permanent online gallery

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

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During the awards and preview evening six of the twelve winning artists are eligible for one of the following additional awards and prizes including exclusive prizes from some of Cambridge's finest Patrons of the Arts...

The inaugural Lawrence Coulson Art Award.

 Including £150 of

Cass Art 

Gift Vouchers


The 3rd Scudamore's Art Award.

Including a champagne punt tour for up to six people & £50 Cass Art Voucher

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The 3rd Cass Art Award.

Including £150 of Cass Art Vouchers

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The 2nd Oak Bistro Art Award.

Including a meal for two a bottle of fizz and £50 Cass Art Voucher.

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The inaugural 

Gonville Hotel Art Award

 A night luxury stay for 2 guests with breakfast and a bottle of bubbly.

Including £50 Cass Art Voucher.

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The Mayor's Choice Award.
Including £150 of Cass Art Vouchers
( Cllr Mark Ashton.)


Call for entries are open. 
Deadline for entries Sunday 24th July, midnight.
Judging 25th-30th July.

Awards & Preview Evening
14th August.
Exhibition 15th-21st August 2022.

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 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.


Special Guest judge Lawrence Coulson-As the son of the successful landscape painter Gerald Coulson, Cambridge born Lawrence was encouraged from a young age to explore his artistic talents. Over the last three decades, he has traversed and reflected upon the elements to develop his own distinctive style, which combines traditional landscape painting with modern techniques. In 2019, he celebrated his 20-year anniversary with Castle Fine Arts publisher, Washington Green Fine Art. 

Lawrence's paintings fuse the serenity and drama of landscape art. His majestic backdrops inspire a meditative mood, allowing the viewer to escape into the idealised scenery. Whether he uses a fiery or melancholic palette, his art combines the reality of everyday life and the escapist virtues of fantasy and nature. His everlasting love for the British landscape is weaved into every painting, with influences including artists like J.M.W. Turner, Caspar David Friedrich and Edward Seago.

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Stacy Bodkin Gallery Manager Castle Fine Art Cambridge.

“It was an absolute pleasure to host the Cambridge Invitational Art competition 2019 & 2021, the joy of the winners faces and the opportunities that arise even after the exhibition make this competition very special.


Castle Fine Art Cambridge is spread over two spacious floors, this modern artspace is our largest gallery to date and boasts a VIP lounge, cutting-edge viewing room and even a bar area! Located within the Grand Arcade shopping centre on Cambridge's historic St Andrew's Street, it boasts our biggest display of artworks in the country. 

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Karl Backhurst owner of The Darryl Nantais Gallery.

A family run gallery based on the High Street of Linton in South Cambridgeshire just outside Cambridge. The Gallery has been open since 2001, offering work by local, national and international artists. We are also framers and restorers.

In June 2019 we opened our second gallery DNG Contemporary Art on the High Street of Auchterarder, Perthshire. Managed by Victoria Backhurst this gallery continues to endorse our core beliefs and excitement for what we are artistically passionate about.We exhibit at Art Fairs across the country under our travelling name of Linton59.

Our aim is to make our art approachable and enjoyable, 

our style is best described and is derived from a love of colour, texture and expression.

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Elena Chimonas. 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.