Art Competition 2023

(Image by 2022 Art Competition winner Glenda Frieder)

DEADLINE: 30 April

A competition for art students to submit a new artwork which responds to either:
1) The 2023 Bloomsbury Festival theme, Grow. The theme can be interpreted as you wish but may be a response to personal growth, botany, world population, growth of ideas and so on.
2) A special project the festival has in progress in 2023 called The New Bloomsbury Set which will ‘review and reshape the cultural, literary, architectural and heritage landscape of Bloomsbury through the viewpoint of artists of global origin in the 21st century’ with reference in particular to the Bloomsbury Group of the early 20th century (Virginia Woolf and friends)

The submission may be a completely new work, a recently completed work, or an artwork you are currently creating as part of your art studies. We welcome submissions of more than one artwork if relevant. We invite artworks on paper, canvas or other 2D media including painting and photography.

The competition is open to current undergraduate or postgraduate students of Fine Art and related courses at London universities, colleges or professional training schemes for artists. The winner will be offered a unique opportunity to hold their own exhibition as part of the Bloomsbury Festival 2023 (exhibition dates 14-22 October) and a cash prize. The gallery exhibition can be a display of additional works that respond to the theme or are other examples of your work.

The winning artist will be selected by a panel of experts, professional artists, and influential festival partners, including the Duchess of Bedford and the Director of Bloomsbury Festival.

Submissions to by midnight on Sunday 30 April 2023.

Please read the full details here before you send in your application.


Art Competition 2023