Due to a generous donation by Professor Martin Johnson, Christ's is delighted to announce that the theme of this year’s competition is ‘Reframing our heritage’.

Colleges are rightly proud of their heritage. But, as recent debates and legacies of enslavement projects are underlining, that heritage is multifaceted, and as exclusionary as it is exclusive: it privileges certain periods and people and denies access and/or exposure to others. How do we redress this? This year’s competition asks us to reframe our heritage, and the belonging implied by that ‘our', so to celebrate new visions of the College's community and its buildings, and create a legacy that speaks to all of us. 

The competition is open to all current members of the College (staff, students and Fellows). Entries can take any form (from portrait and group portrait through narrative panels, sculpture, film and abstract work) and any medium, and should be accompanied by a brief explanation of how they address the theme and where in College (e.g. the Hall, Upper Hall, Buttery, Library Corridor and so on) they might practically be exhibited. 

The deadline for submission of entries will be 6pm on Tuesday 25 April 2023. To enter the competition, please e-mail a high resolution photograph of your work, its medium, dimensions, title, and rationale of fit in terms of theme and possible display to Professor Carrie Vout (cv103@cam.ac.uk) by this date.  Short-listed entries must then be delivered to Professor Vout c/o Clare Kitcat in O1 of First Court by 12.00 noon on Tuesday 9 May 2023, with the winner and a runner up being notified before the end of Easter full term.  A prize of £350 will be awarded to the winner, and £100 to the runner-up. The judging panel will consist of the members of the College’s Visual Arts Committee.