Image: Detail from A November Rainbow, Alfred William Hunt (1830–1896) 

Competition Update

We are thrilled that the Artists in Residence competition received almost 1200 entries.

We are now in the process of considering every submission, making a long-list, a shortlist and then carrying out the final judging. We hope this will be completed by early September and we will then email everyone who entered. We can then prepare the exhibition of the shortlisted works and the announcement of the winners.


We want to see your creative response to a situation which has affected everyone and every aspect of our lives this year.

Our competition is open to everyone based in the UK and will be judged in three age categories:

  • under 11 years
  • aged 11–17
  • those aged 18 and over

Your entry can be any type of visual artwork: painting, drawing, printmaking, computer aided design, textiles, photography, sculpture, video art or collage.

Your artwork might reflect on the experience of lockdown and being at home, things that you are missing or looking forward to when life resumes, or sources of inspiration and hope during the difficult circumstances that we are all facing.

Artists in Residence is a 2020 art competition from the Ashmolean Museum and the Oxford Times, running until 31 July, which aims to capture what people are thinking, feeling, and making, at this unprecedented time.



A panel of judges headed by the Museum Director, Dr Xa Sturgis, will select the winning entries in each age category.

The Ashmolean will host an online exhibition of the shortlisted work. Additionally we aim to exhibit winning artwork when the Museum has reopened and we can do so safely. The winning entry in each category will also be treated to a celebration tea for their family in the Ashmolean’s rooftop restaurant plus tickets to the current temporary exhibition.

Selected entries will also be printed weekly in the Oxford Times throughout the run of the competition.


The competition will be judged by:

  • Tim Hughes, Features Editor, The Oxford Times
  • Dr Kamal Mahtani, GP and Associate Professor, Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, Oxford University
  • Dr Janina Ramirez, cultural historian, broadcaster and Course Director at Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education
  • Dr Xa Sturgis, Director of the Ashmolean


This competition closed 31 July 2020.

Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry.

Announcements will be made, and winners contacted by email, in the coming weeks.


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1.1 This competition is open to all residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 or over. If you are under the age of 18, you must obtain parental or guardian consent to enter and claim any prize. The Promoter may require any information that we consider reasonably necessary in order to verify your eligibility.

1.2 By submitting a competition entry, you are agreeing to be bound by these terms and conditions. The instructions provided at the point of entry form part of the terms and conditions of this competition. In the event of a conflict, these terms and conditions take precedence. 

1.3 Employees and immediate families of the promoters and suppliers, providers and agencies associated with this promotion (Ashmolean Museum, The Oxford Times and Mail) are ineligible to enter


2.1 Entries must be received by 5pm on Friday 31 July 2020 (the “Closing Date”). Entries received after the Closing Date will not be accepted.


3.1 To enter send your artwork in picture format via email to

3.2 There is a limit of one entry per person per email

3.3 The Promoter accepts no responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed, mislaid or damaged in transit, regardless of the cause, including, for example, as a result of any equipment failure, technical malfunction, systems, network, server, computer hardware or software failure of any kind. Proof of submitting an entry is not proof of receipt by the Promoter.

3.4 Any entry not in accordance with the rules or any entry containing false, incomplete or misleading information will be void and will entitle the Promoter to exclude the entry from the competition. 


4.1 Winners will receive the following:

Framed commemorative issue of Ox Times featuringl their artwork

Tour of the Ashmolean’s current temporary exhibition & afternoon tea in the Museum’s restaurant for the winner and their friends and family (up to 6 people)

We would like to exhibit winning artwork from each category in an exhibition on the Ashmolean forecourt when the Museum reopens if we are able to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff.

4.2 All Shortlisted works will be displayed on the Ashmolean’s website

During the competition shortlisted works will be printed in the Oxford Times newspaper

4.3 The prize is non-transferable and has no cash value. No cash alternative can be offered to the prize.


5.1 There will be a winner in each competition category. In addition there will be two additional runners up in each category.

5.2 The winning entries will be chosen by a panel of judges from all completed and valid entries received by the closing date. The decision of the panel of judges will be final. 


6.1 The winners will be notified by email or telephone as practicable after the selection. The winner will be required to respond within 7 days of notification. If a winner does not respond within 7 days of being notified, then the winner’s prize will be forfeited and another winner will be selected. In the event that the prize notification email is returned as undeliverable, such prize will be forfeited and an alternative winner will be selected from all remaining (non-winning) eligible entries. The winner must confirm acceptance in writing of the prize and these terms and conditions within 7 days of being contacted by the Ashmolean Museum. An alternative winner may be selected up to 2 times.

6.2 No responsibility will be taken for lost, late or misdirected entries.

6.3 Details of the winners will be published on the following websites:
(e) Newsquest Oxfordshire websites


7.1 The copyright in any image entered in the competition shall (as between the entrant, and the Ashmolean Museum) remain with the entrant. Entrants warrant and represent that they own all rights (including without limitation copyright) in entries and that entries do not infringe any third party rights. Entrants agree to a non-exclusive license of the rights owned by them in their entry for such period of time as they subsist without further consent from or payment to Entrants. Entrants understand that by extending a non-exclusive licence, they allow the use of their entry by the Ashmolean until expiry of the rights. Entrants also retain the right to use the entry by the Ashmolean until expiry of the rights. This allows Entrants to use their entry for their own purposes. The terms of this licence apply worldwide. Under the terms of this licence, Entrants authorise the Ashmolean Museum record, publish, reproduce, exhibit, transmit, broadcast, televise, digitize, display, otherwise use, and permit and sub-licence to others use of the entry in any manner, form, or format whatsoever now or hereafter created, including on the Internet, on any form of social media, and in all and any media channels now known or hereafter devised, and for any purpose, including but not limited to advertising or promotion of the Ashmolean Museum, its affiliates, visitors, or their services, using any of the winning images for any publicity and/or promotional activities without consent from or payment to Entrants.

7.2 The Ashmolean reserves the right to crop/manipulate/edit the competition entries, within reason, for our marketing and design.


8.1 The Promotors have the right to withdraw this prize draw at any time.

8.2 The Ashmolean reserves the right to publish the name of the prize winner on its website and social media channels.

8.3 Entries can only be submitted online via the competition entry form on the Ashmolean website.

8.4 Entrants must enter a valid name and email address.

8.5 Any Entrant may be disqualified from this Competition at the discretion of the Promoter for any failure to comply with these Terms and Conditions or cheating in any way such as:

8.6 Using any cheats, hacks or other 3rd party "helper" applications or “bots” to simulate human interaction; Exploiting the application in any way or using the application in any way that circumvents the purpose and conditions of the Competition.

8.7 Only entries submitted following the specified entry mechanics will be deemed valid entries. Any entries which are deemed offensive will be disqualified at the discretion of the Promoter and no further correspondence will be entered into.

8.9 The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any variation in the prize value. Prize, or any unused portion of the prize, is not transferable or exchangeable for other goods or services and cannot be taken as cash.

8.10 In the event of war, terrorism, state of emergency, disaster or any other circumstance beyond the control of the Promoter, the Promoter reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the promotion and associated prizes.

8.11 The Promoter will not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) or for any personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with the prize except for any liability, which cannot be excluded by law (in which case such liability is limited to the maximum extent allowable by law). The Promoter will not be responsible for any incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete information communicated in the course of or in connection with this promotion if the deficiency is occasioned by any cause outside the reasonable control of the Promoter including without limitation technical malfunctions or failures.

8.12 If for any reason this promotion is not capable of running as planned because of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of the Promoter which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this promotion, the Promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the promotion subject to any written directions under applicable legislation. The Promoter also reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who the Promoter has reason to believe has breached any of these conditions, or engaged in any unlawful or other improper misconduct calculated to jeopardise the fair and proper conduct of the promotion. The Promoter's legal rights to recover damages or other compensation from such an offender are reserved.

8.13 The Promoter is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participants or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation in or down-loading any materials in this promotion.

8.14 Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these Conditions of Entry. Entry into this promotion is deemed acceptance of these Conditions of Entry.

8.15 The UK laws apply to this promotion to the exclusion of any other law.

8.16 The Promoters of this competition are: the Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH; and The Oxford Times & Mail, Osney Mead, Oxford OX2 0EJ

8.17 All correspondence in connection with this competition should be sent to