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Ironstone Art Prize open for online entry!

The Ironstone Art Prize has kicked off its 2020 show with a call for entries

Prestigious regional art prize opens calls for entries!

The Ironstone Art Prize, Banbury Museum’s art exhibition, has kicked off its 2020 show with a call for entries. Showcasing the very best of the region’s art, The Ironstone is an open art competition and exhibition, which means that any artist can enter, and is in with a chance of winning! Even better, this year the museum has decided to widen the net, and entries are now welcomed from any artist who lives or has their studio within 25 miles of Banbury Museum itself.

The competition is divided into three categories, The Ironstone Art Prize, The Ironstone Under 21s Prize and The People’s Prize. Work is selected for the show by a panel of independent art experts, who also judge the winners of the competition. The People’s Prize is decided by visitors to the exhibition, who get to choose which work they like best and cast their vote accordingly. The competition has prizes totalling £1000 to compete for, including £800 for The Ironstone winner, £100 for the Under 21s winner and £100 for the People’s Prize.

Work is welcomed in any medium or mixed media, including paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, digital art, glass, textiles and metalwork. Previous winners have included portraits, landscapes, abstract work, and mixed media. The winner of the 2018 competition was Nathan MacDougal, whose beautiful and haunting work delighted visitors and judges alike.

This year the museum is going digital, with the first round of applications entered online, with those selected to go through to the next round, bringing their work into the museum for the final judging. Artists may enter up to four pieces of work using the entry form on the museum’s website. Entries opened on 1 September 2019, and close on 31 October 2019.

For full details on how to apply, please go to