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Tiepolo Blue by James Cahill: Art Competition



‘The story of Tiepolo Blue and its people have invaded my dreams. This is the best novel I have read for ages. It is so beautifully written, not a false note in any sentence. Cahill’s presentation of the agonising clash of aesthetics, of culture, of generations . . . it’s just masterly’



The Competition
Tiepolo Blue by James Cahill is a debut novel which will be published by Sceptre on 9 June 2022. This competition asks that art students engage with the subject matter of the novel, resulting in the creation of original artworks. Students are encouraged to take the project in any direction they choose. One winner and four shortlisted works to be selected by author James Cahill and artist Maggi Hambling, with all the works exhibited in one central London space (TBC). The winner will receive £500 prize money. All shortlisted artworks will be offered to bookshops across the UK as exhibits for Tiepolo Blue window displays.


• The artworks must be original.
• Students can submit work in the mediums of drawing, painting, mixed media, or photography.
• Works of sculpture are not accepted due to limitations of bookshop display areas.
• The artworks must be easily portable as they will be transported across the country and displayed in a variety of spaces. As such, artists are discouraged from using materials that are fragile and easily broken.
• Artworks should not exceed 30 x 40 inches in dimension. The minimum dimensions for submitted artworks is 24 x 17 inches (A2).
• Artists should also take into consideration how their artwork can be easily displayed in a bookshop window, without the use of specialised hanging/mounting equipment.



Friday 13 May 2022

Artwork to be submitted by midnight.

Thursday 9 June 2022

One winner and four shortlisted works to be announced on publication day, with all the works exhibited in one central London space (TBC).

Summer 2022

The winning and shortlisted works will be exhibited in window displays of bookshops around the country throughout the summer (TBC).



Submissions need to be made before midnight on Friday, 13 May 2022. Artists will need to submit a form with their name, contact details, art school, title of their work, and a short accompanying statement of no more than 500 words on their approach to the project. Students will also be asked to submit photographs or short video of their artwork if they prefer via the form below. Additional material can be emailed to tiepolobluecompetition@hodder.co.uk.


Judging panel

The projects will be judged by James Cahill, author, and Maggi Hambling.


Monetary prize
The creator of the winning submission will receive £500.