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All Lucy students, staff, Fellows, Emeriti, Associates and alumnae are invited to enter works on the theme of ‘Awakenings’

What are we looking for?

We are looking for original art by members of College in any artistic medium. The competition is open to all students, staff, Fellows, Emeritae, Associates & alumnae. This year’s theme is “Awakenings”. This could mean objects, people or places that reflect “Awakenings” for you, or art that embodies what the theme inspires. Interpret the theme as you wish and be as creative as you like!

We know there are plenty of enthusiastic artists and photographers at Lucy Cavendish, so here is an opportunity for all members of College to showcase their artistic talents. Whether you create watercolours, sculpture, collage, pottery or any other kind of art, enter our competition and maybe win a prize!


The first place winner will receive a £50 voucher, with £30 and £20 vouchers for second and third places. The winning entry, as well as the runners up, will be displayed in College from June 2021.

All competition entries will be displayed online at the beginning of Easter Term and the judges’ final decision will be announced on Wednesday 19th May 2021.

How to enter

Submit a digital photograph (or video – see guidelines) of your entry to the Library by 5pm on Wednesday 28th April 2021. We also need the following details, which should be submitted with your entry via email to :

  • Your name

  • Contact telephone number (only used to notify winners)

  • Preferred email address

  • Title of work

  • Medium of work

  • Short description of how the work fits the theme of “Awakening” (max. 150 words)

You may submit up to 3 entries, but ensure all the details given above are submitted for each entry.

Works are anonymised during judging and descriptions should bear this in mind; any signatures should also allow easy concealment.

Submission deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 28th April 2021.

Rules & Guidelines

The competition is open to all members of Lucy Cavendish College (students, alumnae, Fellows, Emeritae, Associates and staff).

All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. In particular, entries should not consist of items made using a pattern, kit, or instructions created by someone else; items designed by the entrant themselves are permissible.

  • Entrants may submit up to 3 entries to the competition.

  • All entries must be received before 5pm on 28th April 2021.

  • In order for the entry to be valid, the following details must also be provided:

  1. Name of the artist

  2. Contact telephone number and preferred email address

  3. Title of work

  4. Medium of work

  5. Short description (max. 150 words) of how the work fits the competition theme of “Awakening”

  • These details can be sent by email to, along with a digital photograph of the competition entry.

  • Entrants may submit short videos of their work if this better displays its features eg. if the work is three-dimensional; videos should be in .mp4 format and be no more than a minute in length

  • If the entry features recognisable people, the entrant is responsible for obtaining written consent for the image to be entered in the competition and to be published in all media as required by Lucy Cavendish College as well as displayed in College.

  • Judges will select the winning work which, in their opinion, shows artistic merit and which also best meets the theme of the competition. The judges’ decisions are final.

  • The results will be announced on Wednesday 19th May 2021 and the winner will be informed by email and/or telephone.

  • The competition winner will win a £50 voucher, second place a £30 voucher and third place a £20 voucher.

  • The winner and runners-up will have their work displayed in College from June 2021 until June 2022, where this is feasible and where current restrictions allow. By entering the competition, entrants give permission for any winning works to be displayed in College. Any winning photographs will be specially printed at a suitable size for ongoing display (any costs for this will be borne by the Library).

  • Copyright for every submitted entry remains with the entrant.

  • By submitting a photograph or artwork to the competition, all entrants grant Lucy Cavendish College, free of charge, the non-exclusive right to publish their entries in College publications, on the Lucy Cavendish College website or social media accounts and exhibit the artwork anywhere within Lucy Cavendish College.