20 Years CRASSH Online Art Exhibition | Open Call

Open Call for Art


20 Years CRASSH: Online Art Exhibition

Theme: Global Conversations

We are excited to announce a call for submissions for the CRASSH Online Art Exhibition, which takes place from August – September 2021 and forms part of CRASSH’s 20th anniversary celebrations.

As CRASSH turns 20, our celebrations focus on ‘Global Conversations’. We are hosting a series of connected competitions throughout 2021, including a Film Festival and Writing Competition. This competition shares the same central themes, but explored through the visual arts, sound art and the moving image. Winning entries will be shown from August – September 2021 in an online exhibition on the Art at the Alison Richard Building (ARB) website.

With this call for art we hope that you will explore the broadest reaches of ‘Global Conversations’. We are looking for entries that are thoughtful, accessible and maybe even personal. Subjects that you could consider include the global nature of art, global cultures, changes to how we have international conversations over time, the idea of global citizenship in changing political climes, reflections on decolonisation efforts in the arts and culture, the joy of global connectivity and the potential pitfalls a new, constantly conversing world may bring. 

Submissions are welcome for all types of artwork suitable for publishing online, interpreting the theme of 'Global Conversations' in its broadest sense.


Selection panel

  • Steven Connor (Author, Director of CRASSH, Grace 2 Professor of English, University of Cambridge)
  • Melissa Calaresu (Lecturer in Material Culture, Faculty of History and Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge, Management Committee, CRASSH)
  • Prerona Prasad (Curator, Heong Gallery, Downing College)
  • Harriet Loffler (Curator, New Hall Art Collection, Murray Edwards College)
  • Judith Weik (Art at the ARB exhibitions coordinator and Communications at CRASSH)


Submission and exhibition details

  • Deadline for submissions: Sunday 4 July 2021
  • Theme: Global Conversations
  • Cost: free
  • Please fill in a separate entry form for each submission. 
  • Image submissions: Images should be of high quality and suitable for exhibition. File sizes should be a maximum of 10MB. Label your submission NAME_SURNAME_TITLE
  • Moving image/sound submissions: Please send a link to your work in the first instance.
  • Entrants will be advised whether their work has been selected for the exhibition by 18 July 2021.
  • Exhibition dates: August – September 2021
  • The exhibition will take place online via the Art at the ARB website. 
  • CRASSH will not be able to provide feedback on submissions prior to selection, nor reasons for rejection.


Submission is via Google form. Please complete a new form for each submission. 
Please note: Submissions work best via Google Chrome.
For any questions, please contact enquiries@crassh.cam.ac.uk.





Terms and Conditions

The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge retains the right to use excerpts of any submissions to promote the competition online, or the anniversary celebrations more widely. 

The submitter must have the legal authority to submit the work. By submitting, the submitter confirms that the work is theirs and that they have all the necessary rights for sharing in this way.

By submitting their work all entrants are deemed to have read and agreed to the rules and regulations governing the competition. In the event of any disagreement, the interpretation of the CRASSH selection panel will take precedence.

All entries will be anonymised prior to selection.

CRASSH reserves the right to withdraw selected works from the competition.

It is the responsibility of the submitter to ensure the correct contact email address is supplied.

Successful entries will be formatted by our team for inclusion in the exhibition. By entering this competition, you are consenting for your work to be included in this exhibition, other online, digital and print media, on our websites and social media and other possible communication platforms, at any time.

GDPR: No personal details of participants will remain with CRASSH after the exhibition ends on 30 September 2021. The exhibition will be removed from public access at the end of the exhibition period.

Participants included in the online exhibition have the right to ask for their work to be removed from the exhibition at any time by contacting CRASSH.


Submission is via Google form. Please complete a new form for each submission. 
Please note: Submissions work best via Google Chrome.
For any questions, please contact enquiries@crassh.cam.ac.uk.