Search begins to find inspiring local artists

Feel inspired by the museum's current Terry Frost exhibition
Feel inspired by the museum's current Terry Frost exhibition

Banbury Museum have launched their bi-annual competition to celebrate the finest work by artists living or working in and around the town.

The newly relaunched Ironstone Art Prize(formerly known as the North Oxfordshire Open) will be judged by a panel of independent judges with professional backgrounds in the art world.

Together they will choose which of the submitted pieces deserves to be put on display in an exhibition at the museum, which will run from January 23 to March 12, 2016.

Joining the panel as a guest judge for this year’s competition is Royal College of Art senior tutor Finlay Taylor, whose own work can be found in collections at the V&A, the British Library and the Tate Britain.

The very best artwork will be awarded the inaugural Ironstone Art Prize with a separate special award going to the most notable entry from an under 25-year-old.

Senecio Digital, one of the UK’s leading experts in fine art and specialist printing, are offering prizes in kind to the two winners to the value of £500 and £150 respectively.

The competition feeds into the museum’s current exhibition Frost, Family and Friends, which takes the visitor through Sir Terry Frost’s own creative journey as he sought inspiration in Banbury during the 1960s and 70s.

The Frost exhibition runs until January 9 and any local artist, professional or amateur, seeking inspiration for their entry is welcome to attend a workshop in November, where participants can unleash their inner abstract artist.

Museum director Simon Townsend said: “Banbury Museum’s bi-annual competition for artists living or working in our region has been a popular strand of our programme for many years.”

Simon added: “We are fortunate to live in an area rich in creative talent and it’s fitting to draw upon artists with an international reputation to judge this competition.”

The Ironstone competition is open to any artists living or working within 20 miles of Banbury. Entry forms with full terms and conditions are available from the museum shop and can also be downloaded from the museum website. Visit for more details.