Ironstone Entry | Banbury Museum
About The Ironstone Art Prize
The Ironstone Art Prize is both a competition and an exhibition, run by Banbury Museum every other year. It showcases the best recent work by artists from this region. Artwork in any medium or mixed media, including paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, digital art, glass, textiles and metalwork, will be considered. A panel of independent judges with professional art backgrounds will select work for the exhibition as well as deciding the winners of the Ironstone Art Prize and the Ironstone Under 25s Prize. The winners will be announced at the private view on Wednesday 7 February. The competition has prizes totalling £1,000 to compete for, including £750 for the overall Ironstone Art Prize winner. The Ironstone Under 25s winner will receive £150 and there will be a People’s Prize (£100) sponsored by The Artery, Banbury’s leading supplier of fine art materials.
Entry Procedure
It is useful to know in advance of your intention to enter the competition (e-mail, but work should be submitted (dry!) together with a completed entry form and entry fee to Banbury Museum on Wednesday 24 January, 10am to 7pm (after 5pm use only the Spiceball Park Road entrance). On entry day payment by card is possible up to 5pm at the museum shop, prior to submitting the artwork. Cash or cheque payment is possible at the point of submitting artwork. Packaging materials must be taken away and cannot be stored by the museum. Artists will be notified whether any of their entries have been accepted or not. Any unselected work must be collected from Banbury Museum on 30 or 31 January, 10am – 5pm and may be collected by a proxy with the right receipt. Artwork not collected on either of these dates cannot be stored. There will be a private view and prize presentations on Wednesday 7 February, 6 – 7.30pm. All selected artists will be able to invite a small number of guests to this.
Sale of Work
The Ironstone Art Prize will be a selling exhibition, although artists may state that their work is not for sale. The museum will receive a 30% commission + VAT on the commission element of the sale price. Artists should take this into account when providing the selling price on the entry form. Minimum sale price £150 except in the case of limited edition prints and audiovisual copies. Unless sold, all artwork shown must be collected on 14 or 15 March from 10am to 5pm. Artwork not collected on either of these dates cannot be stored.
Conditions of Entry
  • Entrants must live or have their studio within 20 miles of the centre of Banbury and be aged 16 or over.
  • Up to four pieces of work may be entered. They must be the entrant’s own original work, have been created within the last two years and not have been previously displayed at Banbury Museum. There is an entry fee of £10 per work, payable at the time of entry. This is non-refundable whether the work is accepted or not.
  • A panel of independent judges will select what in their view are the best entries. Their decisions will be final; no correspondence will be entered into on the subject of selection.
  • 2-D work must be suitably framed and fitted with mirror plates (also known as ‘glass plates’) on the sides ready for hanging. Textiles may be supplied with velcro or poles. Clip frames will not be accepted. If in doubt please phone in advance to discuss.
  • Work must be within the following size limitations: 2-D: Max 100cm in any direction. Textile hangings may be up to 2.5m high but no wider than 100cm. We will allow up to 5% tolerance on the dimensions.
  • 3-D: Generally must fit in standard display cases. Larger robust pieces may be considered. Please contact us in advance.
  • Audio-visual entries will be considered, provided the necessary display equipment can be supplied by the artist and have been PAT tested within the 12 months up to entry day (or be under 1 year old).
  • Entries that would create health & safety or environmental concerns, or that are deemed offensive, may be declined. If in doubt please contact us in advance.
  • Artists must be sure they own the entire copyright of the artwork they enter or have full permission of the copyright owner. If work has been commissioned it must be submitted with the full permission of the person who commissioned it. Where required, model releases and clearances must be obtained.
  • Entrants accept and agree that all works selected for the exhibition may be photographed and/or reproduced for the promotion of The Ironstone Art Prize.
Please note that whilst every effort is made to ensure the security and safety of the exhibition, submissions are left at the artist’s own risk. Artists requiring insurance for their work must make their own arrangements.


For any queries please contact: Dale Johnston at Banbury Museum on 01295 753752 or